Exploring the surroundings

Discoveries around the Domaine de Bellevue

An ideal location between Anjou, Touraine and Poitou

Located on the border of Anjou, Touraine and Poitou, the Domaine de Bellevue is a holiday resort well located for discovering the region: the castles of the Loire including the Château de Montreuil-Bellay 10 minutes away, Center Parcs 10 mins away, Fontevraud Abbey 15 mins away, Doué-la-Fontaine Bioparc 20 mins away, Saumur city center 25 mins away, Thouars 25 mins away, Chinon Fortress 30 mins away, Parc de la Vallée at 35 mins. And 1 hour from Futuroscope, 1 hour 20 minutes from Puy du Fou.

Numerous visits and activities closeby

The Village of Pouançay

The history of Pouançay is closely linked to that of the Dive canal which made it possible to transport cereals, tuffeau stones and wines to the Loire in the 19th century and to that of the hamlet of Motte Bourbon which was one of the first lines of defenses of Loudunais during the 100 years war. Admire the beautiful sundial carved out of the tufa stone of the Romanesque church of Saint-Hilaire. Stroll along the vineyard road and the path “between Dive and Troglos” which will take you from remarkable hamlets to breathtaking views…

The Forteresse de Berrye – at 5 mins

Located only 2kms from Pouançay and a listed historical monument, the castle has been majestically rising in the midst of its vineyards since the 12th century.

Built on a rocky promontory and circled with dry moats and underground galleries, it was once a defensive position and a place of refuge. This glorious past is still visible today.

Come and discover an extraordinary site where each tuffeau stone, each troglodyte pathway and each plot of vines is full of historical testimonies and mysteries still to be solved. Photo © Anne Chopin | DRAC Nouvelle Aquitaine , CRMH Poitiers

Donjon de Curçay-sur-Dive – at 10 mins

The Keep of Curçay-Dive, located 10 km from Pouançay, is a remarkable historical vestige, testifying to the region’s medieval past. Dating from the 12th century, this imposing keep stands elegantly within a preserved landscape. Surrounded by a moat, it offers a picturesque and authentic image. The keep, with its thick stone walls, tells stories of bygone eras. Although partially in ruins, it retains its impressive character. Visitors can explore the remains and imagine medieval life in this historic place, creating an immersive experience in the region’s architectural heritage.

Château de Montreuil Bellay – at 10 mins

The Château de Montreuil-Bellay, 10 km from Pouançay, is a pearl of medieval architecture. Built in the 11th century, it stands proudly along the banks of the Thouet. Featuring architecture combining medieval and Renaissance styles, the castle features towers, moats and French gardens. Witness to the region’s tumultuous history, it has been transformed over the centuries. Visitors can explore its richly decorated rooms, medieval kitchens, and enjoy panoramic views from the ramparts. The Château de Montreuil-Bellay offers an immersion in the elegance and complexity of the past.

Château-Fort de Ranton – at 10 mins

The Château-fort de Ranton, 10 km from Pouançay, embodies medieval history in an enchanting setting. Dating from the 11th century, this medieval castle has stood the test of time with its imposing structure and well-preserved towers. Surrounded by a moat and vast gardens, it offers an authentic atmosphere. The castle is distinguished by its defensive architectural elements, bearing witness to tumultuous times. Visitors can explore the richly furnished rooms, the ramparts offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, and the lush green park. Ranton Castle, steeped in history, transports visitors into the fascinating past of the Middle Ages.

Abbaye de Fontevraud – at 15 mins

Fontevraud Abbey, 15 kilometers from Pouançay, is a major monastic city in Europe. Founded in the 12th century, it houses the tombs of kings and queens of England. Its remarkable architecture includes an abbey church and monastic buildings. Transformed into a prison during the French Revolution, the abbey is today a major historical site. Its imposing appearance and fascinating history attract visitors. The peaceful gardens offer a serene atmosphere. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fontevraud Abbey offers an immersion in medieval and religious history, making it an unmissable destination in the region.

Étang de la Ballastière – at 15 mins

The Étang de la Ballastière, 15 km from Pouançay, is an enchanting natural haven. Nestled in the heart of a preserved reserve, this pond offers a peaceful setting conducive to relaxation and wildlife observation. Bordered by lush vegetation, it is an ideal place for walking, with winding paths inviting you to discover the local biodiversity. Fishing enthusiasts will also find what they are looking for there. La Ballastière, with its tranquil atmosphere, represents a harmonious balance between preserved nature and leisure activities, creating a privileged space for nature lovers and walkers.

Château de Brézé – at 15 mins

Located less than 15 km kilometers from Pouançay, the Château de Brézé is a medieval jewel in the heart of the Loire Valley. This unique castle is distinguished by its dry moat, its imposing ramparts and its network of underground galleries, the deepest in Europe. Dating from the 11th century, it has evolved over the centuries with Renaissance and classical influences. The castle is home to a renowned troglodyte vineyard, producing wine for centuries. Visitors can explore the fascinating underground kitchens, richly decorated rooms, and extensive gardens, making Château de Brézé an unforgettable cultural and historical experience.

The Musée aux Anciens Commerces in Doué-la-Fontaine – at 20 mins

The Musée aux Anciens Commerces in Doué-la-Fontaine transports visitors to a bygone era, retracing local commercial history. Housed in a charming building, the museum presents a varied collection of artifacts, signs and tools used in the businesses of yesteryear. The exhibitions depict the daily life of traders, highlighting traditional shops such as bakeries, grocery stores, and artisan workshops. Careful reconstructions, period photographs and captivating anecdotes immerse visitors in the warm atmosphere of the shopping districts of yesteryear. This museum offers a unique perspective on the evolution of local commerce, thus preserving the heritage and memory of the city.

The Château de la Mothe Chandeniers – at 15 mins

The Château de la Mothe Chandeniers, less than 15 kilometers from Pouançay, is a medieval jewel located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Built in the 13th century, this castle has a turbulent history, suffering damage over the centuries. Having fallen into ruin, it attracted public attention and was saved from oblivion thanks to crowdfunding campaigns. The castle is now undergoing restoration, allowing visitors to appreciate its majestic structure, romantic towers and picturesque moat. The history and charm of Château de la Mothe Chandeniers make it a fascinating destination for history and heritage lovers.

The Jardin de la Rose in Doué la Fontaine – at 20 mins

The Jardin de la Rose (Rose Garden) in Doué-la-Fontaine amazes visitors with its floral splendor. This enchanting place, dedicated to the queen of flowers, offers a sensory immersion in a peaceful setting. The rose bushes, elegantly arranged, reveal a palette of captivating colors and scents. The different thematic spaces, such as the English gardens or the historic rose gardens, illustrate the infinite diversity of this emblematic flower. Artistic sculptures and landscape installations add an aesthetic dimension to this botanical oasis. The Rose Garden, a true haven of peace, celebrates the timeless beauty of the rose and invites you to quiet contemplation in the heart of nature.

The Bioparc de Doué la Fontaine – at 20 mins

The Bioparc de Doué-la-Fontaine, a haven of biodiversity in the heart of Anjou, invites you to a unique adventure within a zoological park resolutely committed to conservation. This nature sanctuary is home to an exceptional variety of animals, with a focus on the preservation of endangered species. Visitors wander through painstakingly recreated habitats, offering intimate encounters with rare species such as giraffes, rhinos, and primates. Conservation initiatives, educational programs and environmentally friendly facilities highlight the Bioparc’s commitment to nature. This unique place combines entertainment and awareness, offering an immersive experience in the heart of wildlife.

The Golf of Roiffé (18 holes) – at 20 mins

Its renovation in 2015 makes it a particularly pleasant route which winds between the Fontevraud forest, the estate’s pond and the 19th century residences in Tuffeau stone.

The various infrastructures dedicated to golf include: an 18-hole golf course, a compact 6-hole course, a putting green, an approach green, 40 practice stations, including around ten covered ones.

Doué-la-Fontaine – at 25 mins

The Troglodytes of Doué-la-Fontaine, about 25 kilometers from Pouançay, offer a captivating dive into the troglodyte habitat. Known for its tufa quarries, the town has houses carved into the limestone rock. These underground caverns, once used as troglodyte shelters, have been transformed into a living museum. The adjacent Bioparc exhibits a unique collection of animals living in a natural environment of troglodytic cliffs. Visitors can explore this underground world and discover the history of these original dwellings, as well as the wildlife that inhabits them, creating an immersive experience at the heart of history and nature. Photo © Frederic Ayroulet

Montsoreau and the Loire – at 20 mins

The Château de Montsoreau, located 20 kilometers from Pouançay, sits majestically at the confluence of the Vienne and the Loire. This 15th century castle, listed among the Loire castles, offers a panoramic view of the valley. A witness to history, it now houses the Museum of Contemporary Art, mixing the ancient and the modern. The castle, built in freestone, is distinguished by its Renaissance elegance. Classified as a historic monument, it hosts various artistic exhibitions, creating a unique synergy between architectural heritage and contemporary expression, making Château de Montsoreau a captivating cultural destination.

The Musée des Blindés in Saumur – at 25 mins

The Musée des Blindés in Saumur is a world reference dedicated to the history of military armored vehicles. Founded in 1977, it houses an impressive collection of tanks, armored vehicles and anti-tank guns dating from World War I to the present. Visitors can explore iconic machines, rare prototypes and associated equipment. Interactive exhibits and dioramas offer a detailed overview of the evolution of armor and their crucial role in conflict. The Musée des Blindés in Saumur is an immersive experience, highlighting military engineering and strategic history.

The Cadre Noir in Saumur – at 25 mins

The Cadre Noir de Saumur, an equestrian jewel located in the Loire Valley, embodies the excellence of classic French horse riding. Founded in 1825, this educational and demonstrative institution is renowned for its expertise in equestrian art. Based at the National Riding School, the Cadre Noir preserves equestrian traditions and trains riders and horses with remarkable rigor. His performances, combining dressage and show jumping, are impressive spectacles. The Cadre Noir plays a major role in the preservation of equestrian heritage, embodying the grace and precision that characterize French equestrian art.

The Musée de la Cavalerie in Saumur – at 25 mins

The Cavalry Museum in Saumur, France, is a treasure trove dedicated to equestrian history. Founded in 1825, it traces the evolution of cavalry through the centuries. Its collection features unique pieces, from uniforms to equipment, illustrating the evolution of equestrian techniques and styles. Equestrian artwork and sculptures enrich the experience, capturing the elegance of the bond between man and horse. Interactive exhibits offer an in-depth look at military life on horseback. The Cavalry Museum in Saumur remains an essential destination for fans of horse riding and military history.

City of Saumur – at 25 mins

Located 25 kilometers from Pouançay, Saumur is a picturesque town in the Loire Valley, renowned for its historic charm. Dominated by its imposing medieval castle, the town is a harmonious blend of ancient architecture, cobbled streets and peaceful banks of the Loire. The Château de Saumur offers panoramic views of the city and the surrounding region. The town is also known for its national stables, cradle of the National Riding School (the Cadre Noir). The lively streets, colorful markets and wine cellars reinforce the lively and welcoming character of Saumur, making it a popular tourist destination.

The Mushroom Museum in Montsoreau – at 30 mins

The Mushroom Museum in Montsoreau offers a captivating dive into the fascinating world of mushrooms. Situated in a picturesque setting, it displays a rich collection of varied specimens, highlighting their diversity and ecological importance. Exhibits detail the life cycle of mushrooms, their crucial role in the ecosystem, as well as their use in food and medicine. Visitors can learn about the history of mushroom picking and cultivation techniques. Interactive workshops and educational information add an educational dimension to this experience, making the museum an essential place for lovers of nature and biodiversity.

The Troglodytic Village of La Rochemenier – at 30 mins

The Troglodytic Village of La Rochemenier, nestled in the hills of Anjou, offers a captivating dive into the region’s troglodytic past. Made up of houses dug into the limestone rock, this remarkable site bears witness to the daily life of the inhabitants from the 15th to the 19th century. Visitors explore a maze of rooms, kitchens, and stables, discovering the unique aspects of cave dwelling. The preserved atmosphere, period objects and interactive exhibitions retrace the history of La Rochemenier. This village, a real journey through time, highlights the ingenuity of troglodyte communities while preserving their remarkable heritage. Photo © P Gastine

The Golf of Saumur (9 holes) – at 30 mins

Created in 1993 by architects Mc Cauley and Quenouille, the course (Par 36) bordered by woods and ponds delights many golfers.

Everyone will find the right ingredients to enrich their golfing experience. The site also offers a 4-hole training course, a putting green, practice stations for 22 players (including 10 covered) allowing effective training in all phases of the game.

The Musée Pierre de Lumières in Saint Hilaire Saint Florent – at 30 mins

The Musée Pierre de Lumières in Saint-Hilaire-Saint-Florent offers a captivating exploration of the history of stone in this picturesque region. Nestled in an enchanting setting, the museum highlights the importance of stone in architecture, sculpture and local daily life. The exhibitions detail stone cutting techniques, present artistic works made with this material, and highlight its role in the construction of the region’s emblematic buildings. Interactive elements, informative videos and real-life examples offer visitors a complete immersion in the fascinating world of stone, highlighting its lasting influence on local heritage. Photo © C Gagneux

Forteresse Royale of Chinon – at 30 mins

Located 30 km from Pouançay, on its rocky spur on the borders of Anjou, Touraine and Poitou, the Royal Fortress of Chinon reflects the most prestigious hours of the Middle Ages. The last refuge of Henry II Plantagenet, King of England, its thousand-year-old walls welcomed Eleanor of Aquitaine, Charles VII and Joan of Arc during major turning points in French History. With its ramparts punctuated by numerous defensive towers, its characteristic silhouette gives it its strength and originality. The “three castles” that make up the Royal Fortress today reveal their secrets through reconstructions, immersive visits and various activities.

The Château du Rivau – at 35 mins

The Château du Rivau, a medieval jewel located in Lémeré, reveals a fascinating history and impressive architecture. This enchanting site, surrounded by French gardens, transports visitors through the ages. The majestic towers, moats and decorative elements illustrate the rich architectural heritage. The castle houses a collection of contemporary art which creates a harmonious dialogue between past and present. The gardens, decorated with sculptures and artistic installations, add a poetic dimension to this visit. The Château du Rivau, a true testimony to the past, seduces with its timeless charm and offers a captivating immersion in history.

The Château d’Ussé – at 40 mins

Ussé Castle, located 40 minutes from Pouançay, is an architectural marvel dating from the 15th century. Famous for his magical appearance, he is said to have inspired Charles Perrault to write “Sleeping Beauty”. The slender towers, moat and enchanting gardens make this castle an emblematic place of the French Renaissance. Its richly decorated interior offers a glimpse of the history and luxury of the era. Visitors can explore its majestic rooms, witnesses of a bygone era. The Château d’Ussé is a jewel of French heritage, combining architectural elegance and literary legend in a captivating place.

The Château d’Azay le Rideau – at 45 mins

Located about 50 km from Pouançay, the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, pearl of the French Renaissance, sits on the banks of the Indre. Built in the 16th century, it embodies the architectural elegance of the time. Surrounded by a mirror of water, its tuffeau facades reflect perfect harmony. Its delicate details, like the finely carved dormer windows, captivate visitors. The castle subtly mixes Gothic and Renaissance styles. Its refined interior houses collections of art objects. The history of the Château, restored in the 19th century, is fascinating. A stroll through the French gardens, the experience at Azay-le-Rideau transports visitors to an era of artistic and architectural splendor.

Loire and Vallée du Thouet cycling route

The Loire à Vélo is a 900km long cycle touring route which links Cuffy (near Nevers) to Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (Loire-Atlantique).

The Thouet Valley by bike: starting from Saumur, this cycle route heads south along the Thouet à Vélo to Niort. The river is the breadcrumb trail of this hike to Parthenay, revealing a river valley dotted with fortified cities: Montreuil-Bellay, Thouars, Parthenay. Living well and the mild climate combines a rich heritage to discover: old bridges, mills, castles, churches, underground fountains…

Boat trips on the Loire

Come and discover the Loire aboard cruise ships or boats typical of the region.

A passionate guide will share his knowledge about the river, its heritage, its inland waterways, its fauna and its flora.

Possibility of tasting local products on board, guided walks, gourmet walks which will constitute an original moment to share with family or friends. Photo © Alexandre_HELLEBUYCK

Water activities

Discover water activities on the Loire river and its tributaries the Vienne or the Thouet by canoe, kayak, pedal boat, paddle or sail.

The various nautical clubs in the area offer hiking packages lasting a few hours, for the day and even excursions. (nautical clubs in Montreuil Bellay 10 min, Saumur: 25 min, and Chinon: 30 min) Photo © Gérard Angibaud


On foot or by bike, numerous marked routes will allow you to discover the Loire Anjou Touraine and Val de Loire regional natural park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Also take a stroll at the gate of the Domaine de Bellevue, in the heart of the vineyards and along the Canal de la Dive on the marked trail “Entre Dive et Troglos”. Photo © Gérard Angibaud

Cellars and vineyards of the Loire Valley

In the heart of the vineyards of Anjou and Saumur, come and discover a rich palette of dry or sweet whites, dry or tender rosés, reds of character and fine bubble wines where you can taste the very famous Saumur Champigny, the Coteaux du Layon and the Coteaux de Saumur as well as the sparkling Saumur Brut and Crémant de Loire in the different vineyards and cellars. Photo © Sébastien Gaudard

Aerial leisure

Discover our region by air by flying over our beautiful landscapes in a hot air balloon, helicopter or microlight (air bases in Saumur and Pouançay). Lovers of aerial activities will find what they are looking for in an enchanting setting.
Saumur aerodrome offers hot air balloon flights offering panoramic views of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aviation enthusiasts can also take off for first flights in a glider or microlight, exploring the region’s picturesque landscapes. For those seeking adrenaline, parachute baptisms are also available. Photo © Michel Lassagne

Center Parcs Le Bois aux Daims

Located 10 minutes away, the Center Pacs le Bois aux Daims welcomes you to Aqua Mundo, a tropical aquatic paradise, with spectacular slides, wave pools and relaxing jacuzzis to spend a pleasant time with the family.

Flea Market in Montsoreau

Every second Sunday of the month, the quays of Montsoreau welcome passionate merchants, offering a variety of old objects, vintage furniture, and curious items. Visitors can stroll between the stands, discover unique pieces, and interact with expert collectors. The picturesque atmosphere of the market, combined with the panoramic view of the Loire and Montsoreau Castle, creates an immersive experience, inviting a journey back in time to the heart of picturesque France.

The Château de Villandry and its gardens – at 55 mins

About 60 km from Pouançay, the Château de Villandry, built during the Renaissance in the Loire Valley, is renowned for its exceptional gardens. Built in the 16th century, it is distinguished by its elegant Renaissance style architecture. However, what makes it truly exceptional are its terraced gardens, divided into several thematic sections. From the love garden to the labyrinth, each space offers a unique aesthetic. Colorful flower beds, precisely trimmed hedges and geometric patterns create a captivating visual symphony. The Château de Villandry is a masterpiece that combines architectural art with botanical perfection.