Châteaux around Les Mortiers

Château de Rigny-UsséThere are more than 300 châteaux in the Loire Valley, more than you can visit in one holiday, so a little advance preparation and planning will pay dividends. Within one hour from Les Mortiers you can visit 18 châteaux.

The Loire Valley was the centre of power in France until the 16th century and after that continued to be the area favoured by the French kings and nobility for hunting and leisure. Their presence in the lush, fertile valley attracted the very best builders, skilled in the use of the natural tuffeau stone to build the châteaux.

Whichever château you visit you can be sure the setting will be beautiful. The Loire Valley is a World Heritage Site and noted as special by UNESCO for “an exceptional cultural landscape, of great beauty, comprised of historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments – the Châteaux – and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself.”

It’s for you to enjoy!

The list below shows the châteaux you can visit easily from Les Mortiers to make it a pleasant outing, rather than a full-scale expedition! Eighteen châteaux are less than an hour away. As a rough guide 1 kilometre equates to 1 minute’s drive, slightly less for châteaux over 60 minutes away.

Chateau Distance Time

Giseux

Open: 1st April to 4th November

6.5km -

Le Lude

Open: 1st April to 30th September

27km -

Breil de Foins

Open: 14th July to 31st August

23km -

Baugé

Open: 13th February to 1st November

29km -

Le Manoir de Clairefontaine

Open: 2th April to 9th May, 1st July to 31st August

29km -

Champchevrier

Open: 15th June to 3rd Sunday in September – and by appointment

25km -

Saumur

Open: 1st April to 4th November

32km -

Montsoreau

Open: March on Saturday and Sundays. 1st April to 14th November daily

37km -

Langeais

Open: All year round

31km -

Chatonnière

Open: Gardens open from January to 15th November. see Frenchholiday Calendar for special events

39km -

Châteaude Brézé

Open: 1st February to 31st December

47km -

Château de Montreuil-Bellay

Open: 1st April to 5th November

47km -

Château de Luynes

Open: 1st April to 30th September

47km -

Château de Azay Le Rideau

Open: All year

41km -

Château de Montgeoffroy

Open: 28th March to 11th November

42km -

Château de Villandry

Open: Every day all year

41km -

Château de Rigny-Ussé

Open: 14th February to 11 November

40km -

Fortress Royale de Chinon

Open: Open all year, except 25/12 and 1/1

38km -

Château de Durtal

Open: Check for details

49km 53 minutes

Château de Cande

Open: All year, by appointment in low season

50km 58 minutes

Château de Rivau

Open: Easter to November 14th

49km 57 minutes

Château d’Angers

Open: All year, except 1/1, 1/5, 1/11, 11/11, 25/12

54km 63 minutes

Château Musée de la Communication (Trélazé)

Open: Open weekends and school holidays, closed mid-July and August

49km 62 minutes

Château de Brissac-Quincé

Open: Please check site for opening hours

57km 72 minutes

Château de Serrant

Open: Open 15th March to 15th November

88km 76 minutes

Château La Bourdaisière

Open: 1st April to 30th October

67km 72 minutes

Château Amboise

Open: All year, except 25/12 and 1/1

74km 79 minutes

Parc de Richelieu

Open: Daily

60km 72 minutes

Château du Plessis-Bourré

Open: Open 15th February to end of November

67km 74 minutes

Parc Leonardo da Vinci au Château du Clos Lucé

Open: All year, except 25/12 and 1/1

75km 89 minutes