Discovering Anjou

Discovering Anjou

The Manoir de la Groye is the ideal starting point for all kinds of tours in Anjou, for a couple of days, a week, or more, biking, driving, kayaking or walking. You can combine leisure, culture … and gastronomy!

Sights

The Loire river banks are 2 minutes away. A small scenic road runs by the bottom of the Domaine: It takes you to some of the most picturesque villages of the Anjou Regional Natural reserve and joins the Loire by bike itinerary.

The Angers golf course is right next door to the Domaine, with its gates a 2-minute drive away.

The charming river port of Le Thoureil is a 10-minute drive and is perfect for boat or walking tours.

Rochemenier, a picturesque village with its unique troglodyte dwellings, is a 20-minute drive.

Saumur is a half-hour drive along the scenic road, going through the most beautiful villages of Anjou.

The Doué-La-Fontaine zoo is also 30 minutes away.

An hour away you’ll find le Puy-du-Fou, historical leisure park listed as the greatest leisure park in the world, or to the Japanese garden of Maulévrier, the largest of its kind in Europe.

Culture

After a long, turbulent and conflictual period between the English Plantagenet and the French Capetians, Anjou found prosperity during the 14th and 15th centuries, with the “Good King” René of Anjou having left a deep mark on the region. The Renaissance then flourished in the 16th  century and lead to the construction of the most prestigious castles, not to be missed during your stay.

The impressive castle of Brissac, the tallest in France, is 5 minutes away.

The rich historical center of Angers, with its splendid castle and impressive Apocalypse tapestry, is a 20-minute drive.

Saumur, with its huge castle and its famous horse show called Cadre Noir, is a half-hour away. Montreuil-Bellay and its nice castle is the same distance.

The abbey of Fontevraud, and two of the nicest villages of France (Candes-Saint-Martin and Montsoreau) are 40 minutes away and close to each other.

Going an hour will take you to the medieval city centre of Le Mans or to the chateau du Lude.

Last but not least, the prestigious castles of Chinon, Villandry, Azay-Le-Rideau and Ussé, all close to each other, are 75 minutes away, and an unforgettable day trip.

Taste buds

The Manoir is at the heart of the Loire wine road which allows you to discover all the diversity of the wines Anjou has to offer: the region produces a wide range of wines, light or strong, red or white, sparkling, liquorous or dry.

Visiting the vineyards, you can discover them all from the famous to the lesser-known: Savennières, Coteaux du Layon, Coteaux de l’Aubance, Anjou-Villages-Brissac, Saumur-Champigny

Restaurants and fine-food stores, accessible either by foot or a few short minutes away by car, will make you discover local products and authentic French cooking.

We will be happy to be your guides and help you to pick the restaurants that will be sure to please you!

Getting here & getting around

The Manoir de la Groye is 3 hours from Paris by car, 1h15 from the Nantes airport and 30 minutes from Angers airport

TGV high-speed trains running from Paris take under 90 minutes to get to Angers railway station, 20 minutes from the Domaine. Rent-a-Car has a desk at the station.

A 40-minute ride on line 17 of Anjoubus drops you 800m from the Manoir.

Boat tours are organized in Le Thoureil and kayaking in Les Ponts-De-Cé.

Once you’re settled in, you can freely use our bikes to get you anywhere you want along the Loire valley!