In February’s news we wrote about our very cold and foggy visit to Château Chambord. Our recent visit to Chateau de Langeais was a very different experience.

Langeais is a small town just 45 minutes North West from Gites de La Richardiere and is a medieval fortress which has been restored within the last 100 years. 

The website for the Chateau Langeais tells us that…“Around the year 1000, two great lords, the Count of Anjou, Foulques Nerra, and the Count of Blois, Eudes I, fought over the Touraine. …….and founded a fortress on the promontory overhanging the (River) Loire.

It seems that the Chateau had a somewhat turbulent history and finally was owned by the dynasty of the House of Plantagenet until the end of the 12th century. In 1206.

The website also tells us. “Langeais became part of the Crown lands of France following the French king Philippe Auguste’s victories. During the Hundred Years War, armed bands occupied the fortress. Charles VII bought it in 1422, then ordered that it be destroyed, except for the keep. That keep, moreover, is one of the oldest in stone still standing today.”

The large noses of Langeais

The modern reconstruction makes for a clean and tidy Chateau which has been arranged to display the history in a variety of different rooms. We were amused in one room where the displayed characters all seemed to have extremely large noses! This display and audio visual presentation was showing details of ....” the wedding of Charles VIII of France and Anne of Brittany which took place, at dawn on December 6, 1491. This marriage marked the beginning of the incorporation of the duchy of Brittany into the French kingdom.” 

Possibly the best tree-house in the Loire Valley.

The grounds outside were perfect for a family picnic and there were plenty of things to keep the children amused including, what is probably, the best tree-house in the Loire valley. If you are more inclined to eat in a nice restaurant then it was perfectly possible to get a “pass-out” at lunchtime to visit one of the restaurants in the town close to the Chateau.

To see more we created this video of our day in Langeais. https://youtu.be/co7Jq-IrEAI 

Email Issues:
We seem to have encountered a large number of email issues since Christmas. Those who know about these things inform us that email servers are now identifying info@ as being a source of Spam emails. Some guests have found their booking formation in their spam boxes and we have experienced emails not being delivered to local companies and organisations. Therefore, we have decided to change our contact email address to gites@larichardiere.eu in the hope that we can bypass any spam traps. Thank you to those who have already responded to our February email informing everyone about this change. Our website address has not changed and is still https://www.larichardiere.net 

New promotional video:We are delighted by the positive response to our 2020 promotional video https://youtu.be/Im1PQFtMJNs. We’ve received lots of lovely comments, so please forward this to your friends. Thank you.

Travel and Brexit:
As far as we can tell, and for the rest of 2020 whilst we are in a transition stage of leaving the EU, there will be no changes in travel for those on short stay vacations. The British Government travel advice says “If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter France.”  and “The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.
So please feel free to book your holiday as usual and if not staying with us we encourage you to #bookdirect to get the best prices and the best service. Click on this link to find out more.

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Best wishes,
Dave and Patience