The garden village of Chédigny

Chédigny, a beautiful village with numerous roses. Touraine Loire Valley, France. The garden village of Chédigny

Published on 09/08/2012

Just a few kilometres from the majestic Château de Chenonceau and the Cité Royale de Loches, with a swish of a magic wand, a village has been transformed into a garden: welcome to Chédigny, the only village in France to hold the “Jardin Remarquable” label

Chédigny and its priest’s garden

800 rose trees, 1,500 bulbs, around 100 shrubs and thousands of evergreens bedeck the village streets. Every day, they brighten up the lives of both residents and holidaymakers, to the huge delight of the village’s mayor who first came up with the idea in 1998.

Over the past few months, the priest’s garden has also been restoredby a number of experts who have worked painstakingly to create the vegetable garden, orchard, medicinal herb gardens and magnificent flowerbeds!   

Stay in Chédigny

Armelle Krause, a firm believer in cutting out the middleman, cheerfully makes the few short steps between the vegetable garden and the plate. The young chef, who is at the helm of Le Clos aux Roses, lovingly prepares delicious semi-gastronomic cuisine, which has caught the attention of L’Express magazine’s food critic (read the article). 

Among Chédigny’s great places to eat, the La Closerie du Tilleul restaurant and tearoom also has much to commend it. These 2 excellent eateries also offer bed and breakfast, and so provide an alternative to the other types of accommodation available at the La Saulaie Holiday Village (which has earned ISO 14001 certification for its environmental strategy) or the Château du Breuil (holiday rental). The nearby town of Loches is also a good place to stay, whether in hotel accommodation (Luccotel) or in a holiday apartment (Le Moulin des Cordeliers – Pierre & Vacances).   

 

Le Clos aux Roses - Photo credit: Bertrand Cardon

Excursions and activities

A pleasant 13 km walk begins in the centre of Chédigny, in the Place de la Mairie with its 12th-century church. Along the way, you’ll have time to walk along the forest paths and roam across the lovely meadows of the Tours Loire Valley region: all the splendours of the Indre and Indrois Valleys will unfold before your eyes. And why not explore the Forest of Loches in the company of the charming Ânes de Balaam donkeys?

You may also be interested to know that the La Saulaie holiday village has around twenty bikes for hire: a cycle tourism circuit (Des roses et des vallées) is a delightful ride, or alternatively you can easily reach Loches and its Cité Royale on the l'Indre à vélo route (15 km - so 30 km there and back).

Other nearby places to visit: 

Jardin et château de Loches - Léonard de Serres

Your holidays in Loire Valley, France.

You’ll find everything you need to plan your stay at www.touraineloirevalley.co.uk, the Touraine Tourist Information website.

How to get to Chédigny, Loire Valley.

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