A long time ago, we discovered a wonderful campsite just south of Tours, within easy reach of the Loire valley. It was called La Rolandiere, and was run by one of the French teaching unions. They held conferences and seminars in the chateau itself, and recouped some of their costs by letting out part of the grounds for campers and caravanners.
Alas, as with so many good things, it eventually closed. But last October we went past it on a sentimental journey and to our surprise it had re-opened. Not only that, but it now boasts a hotel and gites as well as the camping. Here’s the chateau itself, all freshly painted.
So this summer we’ve rented one of the gites for a family holiday. And I have to say it’s absolutely superb. I’ll let the pictures tell the story. Our gite is on the first floor of what was probably once the coach house. You get to it via a spiral staircase.
It looks out over the swimming pool on one side.
And the chateau lawns on the other.
And, best of all, we have our own terrasse and barbeque.
Like it? See La Rolandiere