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Take the long way round to discover the riches of the Loir Valley

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At any time of the year, enjoy a weekend getaway around Châteaudun in the peaceful Loir Valley. South of Chartres and just 2 hours from Paris, the heritage of this charming medieval town on the banks of the Loir awaits you. Enjoy the calmness of unspoilt landscapes in the surrounding countryside.


The rich heritage of Châteaudun

When we arrive in Châteaudun on Saturday morning, we take our time, away from hectic city life, to stroll leisurely around the town’s historical district. We explore the small medieval lanes and 18th-century streets and stop off to discover the churches, which are always open, the Fine Arts & Natural History Museum or the Foulon caves, located just a short walk away on the bank of the Loir.

We stop for lunch at the Ateria restaurant, in one of the oldest streets in the town, which has kept its medieval atmosphere thanks to its small timber-framed houses. Chef Daniel Segouin offers understated cuisine made with fresh, seasonal produce.

Arnaud Lombard

In the afternoon, we head for the château, just a short walk from the restaurant, to visit the town’s most emblematic monument. It doesn’t take long to realise why this impressive building forms part of the Loire châteaux network! The large circular 12th-century keep, and the last remaining edifice of the ancient fortress, is one of the best-preserved in the world. A guided tour takes us to the top, to admire its magnificent 15th-century woodwork. The two residential wings of the château give us an insight into the evolution of architecture between the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance. The vast Renaissance staircase was one of the first to appear in the châteaux of the Loire. Other surprises await us: a chapel, vast half-buried kitchens, a hanging garden overlooking the Loir and areas devoted to the art of tapestry.

An amazing adventure and an outstanding meal

After this enriching visit in an iconic historical site, how about some fun in the form of the Châteaudun escape game? The energetic team of Escape Time welcome us to the basement of the Hôtel-Dieu, one of the town’s most beautiful monuments, and immerse us in this life-size escape game. Several theme rooms are on offer, including one for children. We can choose between a treasure hunt in the Middle Ages, an adventure in a haunted house or a futuristic quest with a rival team.

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For dinner, we walk to the restaurant Aux Trois Pastoureaux, located in the town centre. Awarded a ‘Bib Gourmand’ by the Michelin guide, Maître Restaurateur Jean-François Lucchese offers a local

cuisine which varies according to the seasons. The most adventurous diners can try one of the house specialities from the medieval or Renaissance menus.

As the evening draws to an end, more surprises are in store at our accommodation at the Entre Beauce et Perche Hotel, not far from the centre. Private parking, comfortable rooms and impeccable service ensure a restful night before an early start next morning.


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A relaxing day in the nature of the Loir Valley

After a good night’s sleep, we’re ready to explore the countryside to the east of Châteaudun. The morning begins with a walk to the Château of La Touche-Hersant, an unusual site which is still protected by water-filled moats and medieval fortifications. Once the owners have greeted us, we can walk freely around the castle. Next to the 18th-century loggia still occupied by the owners, we spot an intriguing barn, which housed a Protestant temple during the Wars of Religion, and a small restored chapel on the other side. We also take a walk through the woods around the estate.

👉 Visiter le château de la Touche-Hersant
Christophe Dolbeau

This country break is a wonderful opportunity to have a picnic and we stop for lunch in the small park next to the medieval church in Lanneray.

After our picnic, we set off to explore the magnificent Duchaylatière garden, formerly owned by the renowned food critic, Jean-Pierre Coffe. We follow our guide through this vast, multi-faceted 2-hectare park, in which flowers, colours and greenery vary according to the seasons. Christophe, the present owner, takes the time to show us the particularities of the trees, shrubs and plants growing in various areas of this garden, which was designed and planted by Jean-Pierre Coffe.

👉 Flâner dans le jardin de la Duchaylatière, créé par Jean-Pierre Coffe

Our discovery weekend in the Loir Valley has been enriching, relaxing, contemplative and fun. A welcome break from everyday routine, which has left us relaxed and ready to get back to our normal life.

Guillaume Office de tourisme Châteaudun

I am passionate about history and heritage and I love showing people round the emblematic sites and unexpected gems of our region.

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