On the Doorstep

La Cachette is located just a two minute stroll away from the quay in the heart of La Chapelle-sur-Loire. You can:-

  • Visit the Ch√Ęteau at: Usse, Langeais, Montsoreau, Villandry, Chinon and Saumur and others all within a day out by car.
  • Enjoy lovely local Rosé and Red (Claret type) wines in the Caves of the numerous wine growers of the Bourgueil, St Nicholas du Bourgueil, Chinon and White and Sparkling wines in the Saumur and Anjou appellations.
  • Cycle or walk the quiet country lanes through the vineyards and riverside villages of the Loire valley.

  • Enjoy a day on the rivers Vienne and Loire. You can hire bikes and canoes at Chinon. Cycle Hire Centre at Chinon
  • Shop in Bourgueil just 5 mins. away with its Tourist Information Office, various banks/cash machines, cafes, shops and a large Supermarket with petrol station. Buy cheese and honey at the open Market each Saturday and Tuesday mornings. (Sunday mornings at Langeais)
  • Take a day trip to Saumur (Saturday Market), Tours, or Chinon.
  • Eat out at the many restaurants in the area.
  • And if that is not enough, there are: historic abbeys and churches; museums; river boat trips; troglodyte dwellings; a high wire adventure park; an ice skating rink; a large modern swimming pool complex, cinemas, and more all within easy reach by car.
  • The possibilities are endless.
  • Did you know?

    The Loire is the longest river in France - 1020 km (635 miles). The Loire rises in the Cévennes range on the SE edge of the Massif Central. It flows N/NW to Orléans where it turns SW passing through the cities/towns of Tours, Saumur and Angers. It continues to the Bay of Biscay at St-Nazaire via the Pays de la Loire and Nantes.

    Traditional Loire

    In the 1850s, the commune had 108 families of sailors. The village of La Chapelle-sur-Loire, has five original ports: Port-Boulet, Ablevois Port, Port Neuf, La Chapelle Village quay and the Port Genieve.

    In 2009, local La Chapelle enthusiasts, eager to share Loire cultural activities and heritage on the inland waterways of the Loire, the songs of boatmen and to protect the wildlife and flora on the islands in the centre of the Loire, created an association named "Les Bateliers des Vents d'Galerne" - it literally means 'Skippers of the West Wind'. It organises a weekend river fete each year providing boat trips on the river, exhibitions, various foods and drinks, a spectacular telling the story of how the salt tax effected the local population, and the Bateliers Choir sings traditional sea/river shanties.

    The village also has an information centre called the "La Maison Loire et Nature which is situated on the levee near the quay. It works closely with the Bateliers who on behalf of the Maison Loire et Nature run a free ferry service using the a traditional Loire boat. It runs from the La Chapelle quay each Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during July and August. It provides cyclists and walkers the opportunity to visit Usse or Bourgueil.

    Visitors can also book private river trips, some including a picnic, at the Maison Loire et Nature