Set in the heart of the region Pays de la Loire
The Chateau de Challain is not far from Angers the capital of the Maine et Loire region. For our B and B guests Angers is steeped in History. Angers is the historical capital of Anjou and was for centuries an important stronghold in north western France. It is the cradle of the Plantagenet dynasty and was during the reign of René of Anjou one of the intellectual centres of Europe. Angers developed at the confluence of three rivers, the Mayenne, the Sarthe, and the Loire, all coming from the north and flowing south to the Loire. Their confluence, just north of Angers, creates the Maine, a short but wide river that flows into the Loire several kilometres south. The Angers metropolitan area is a major economic centre in western France, particularly active in the industrial sector, horticulture, and business tourism.
- Angers castle: home of the Apocalypse tapestry. At 103m in length, it is the largest woven work of medieval times. This unique masterpiece illustrates the historical, social and political context of the 14th Century in France – the time of the Hundred Years War, plague and famine.
- Cathedral of St Maurice: The first building to present the characteristics of the Anjou Gothic style, the cathedral of St Maurice (12th-13th century) offers an opportunity to admire its vaulted ceiling with diagonal ribs and a beautiful collection of stained glass from the 12th, 13th and 15th centuries.
- Coitreau Distillery: An up-close look into the secrets of the production of the world famous liqueur Cointreau. You can have a guided tour of the production site and distillery, perfumed by the subtle aromas of sweet and bitter orange zest. Then have a tasting experience with a difference, presented in a convivial bar setting by an expert barman .
- The gallery of "David d'Angers": Since 1984, the restored abbey-church of All Saints (dating from the 13th Century) has housed the works of David d’Angers (1788-1856) including sculptures, commissioned work (the façade of the Pantheon), a gallery of contemporary busts (Balzac, Hugo, and others) and much more.
- The area is surrounded by Vineyards: With 32 AOC wines, the vineyards of the Anjou and Saumur, which includes the Angers Loire Valley, offer a diverse and heady choice of flavours and aromas: dry and sweet whites, rosé, fruity reds and sparkling wines that are some of the finest in France!
- There are more than 100 Gourmet restaurants in Angers and its outskirts.
- On Saturdays in the "Open air market" you will find streets of stalls selling all the local produce, The smell of freshly-baked baguettes or just-picked fruit as you stroll past is a better sales pitch than anything the stallholders could yell out. In some of the streets is a flea market with all the unusual and usual french wares.
- Apocalypse tapestry Apocalypse tapestry
- Adams house Adams house
- Museum of Bea Arts Museum of Bea Arts
- Palais du Tau Palais du Tau
- Place du Railliement Place du Railliement
- Theatre Theatre
- Local Vineyards Local Vineyards
- The river The river
- Galerie David of Angers Galerie David of Angers
- The castle The castle
Bed and Breakfast in a French Chateau in the Loire valley,France.