Accommodation at the waterside
A major river and many smaller ones cross Touraine, providing visitors with a range of accommodation at the waterside. On the banks of the River Loire, the Indre, the Cher, the Vienne or the Creuse, and next to a lake or a pond, the mind can roam even more freely. The ideal mood for a change of scene and a relaxing holiday!
And the happy tenants of the Château de Candes (photo below) will not deny it: the living spectacle of the confluence between the River Vienne and the Loire plays out before their eyes.
Right on the water
Let’s stay in one of the most beautiful villages in France, Candes-Saint-Martin. As well as trips in traditional boats, the Delaporte brothers organise nights on the River Loire on board their boat, L’Amarante. An unforgettable experience to enjoy with your loved one, and a wonderful stage for bicycle tourists on the Loire à Vélo trail. Visitors can enjoy the same kind of adventure a little further up the river, on board the Toue Reine, in La Chapelle-aux-Naux.
Campsites at the waterside
And you will often find campsites located near rivers and lakes. These are popular spots for the peace and quiet, for the view and for activities linked to the water: just taking it easy, a restaurant with a view, fishing, standup paddleboarding, canoeing, etc.
While not forgetting these other great campsites: L’Ile d’Or and La Poterie (in Amboise and Mosnes, respectively, on the banks of the River Loire), L’Ile Auger (Chinon, on the River Vienne), and the River Camp (Civray-de-Touraine, on the River Cher).
Life in a windmill
It’s quite natural that many windmills were built on the waterside, taking their power from the river current. Down the years, some have been refurbished and changed into comfortable holiday homes in beautiful natural areas. It’s easy to picture yourself on a deck chair at the windmills (‘Moulins’) des Arts, La Roche, La Follaine, Chareau, Bacchus, Requeugne…
Other places to stay at the waterside
While we were taking a look at all the places to stay in Indre-et-Loire, we discovered some other great holiday spots:
- The Hautes Roches troglodyte hotel in Rochecorbon (with its Michelin-starred restaurant) and the Le George hotel in Loches
- The Domaine de la Trigalière, with around 15 gites and a great view over the lakes;
- Pamoja, a group gîte with a capacity for up to 30 people;
- The guest rooms at the Balcon de Loire, Domaine du Pont Salmois, Domaine du Héron, Aux Reflets du Cher…
- The gîtes: Les Aigrettes, le Logis du Meunier, La Maison de Couture, Au Fil de L’Indre, Vue sur Loire, De La Confluence…