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Besides recreation already mentioned above and which you can indulge on location, the small village of Luzé, located at 2/3km of the Abbey and the surrounding villages offers you the following additional recreation:


1. Old postcard where we see the village of Luzé, his church, his town hall, coffee | 2. Church Luzé (Photo MOG, March 2009)


ANGLING: on the pond Luzé. Fishing licenses are available for sale at "La Clef des champs" (Luzé). Fishing may also be practiced in one of the many ponds located nearby (Marcilly-sur-Vienne at 6 km) or one of the tributary rivers or river nearby (Vienne, Creuse, Veude, Loire, etc. ) for trout, carp, roach etc.;


3. Luzé, communal pond, fishing (Photo MOG, March 2009) | 4. Luzé, communal pond, fishing (Photo MOG, March 2009


HORSE RIDING: the equestrian center "Hippo logis " (indoor riding school career and outdoor) in Luze course, walking, jumping, horse games, camps, passing "gallops", etc.. Graduate teacher, quality and, not least, very nice!


5. Igorthe at the Hippo logis, Luzé, Igor (Photo MOG, fév.2008) | 6. Hippo-logis , Luzé, indoor riding school (Photo MOG, March 2009) | 7. Hippo-logis, Luzé, quarry (Photo MOG, March 2009) (2) | 8. Hippo - logis, Luze (MOG photos, March 2008) assembly


TENNIS : on the communal field of Luzé ; information to the city hall.
9. Tennis lessons in Luzé (Photo MOG, march 2009)
FOOTBALL : on the communal field of Luzé ; information at the city hall
10. Luzé, football field (Photo MOG, march 2009)
GOLF AND MINI-GOLF: mini-golf in the communal field of Luzé (clubs available at "La Clef des champs ") to practice at Braslou (9km); golf at Lake St Cyr (41km).
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11. Luzé, mini-golf (Photo MOG, march 2009)
CANOE /KAYAK/GABARE: Canoe and kayak on Marcilly Vienna (6 km); walks Gabares in Chinon on the Vienne (28km) at Candes St Martin at the confluence of the Loire and Vienne
(, at Chisseaux (under the arches of the castle of Chenonceaux), etc.
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12. Candes St Martin (Photo MOG, September 2008) | 13. Candes St Martin (Photo MOG, September 2008) (2)

SWIMMING AND WATER SPORTS: swimming in the pool of the abbey (10mx5m with roman steps) and in rivers (rivers, beaches) as Pouzay (11km) or Marcilly-sur-Vienne (7 km), water sports on specific locations such as Lake St. Cyr (41km): sailing, kayaking, pedals, etc.


PETANQUE : on the communal field of Luzé;
WALKING / BY BIKE : through various paths.
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DARTS AND BILLIARDS : in « Clefs des champs » (Luzé) ;
ADVENTURE ET WOODS : parc of Saint-Benoît Aventure : adventure in the trees of St Benoît la Forêt ( internet link : (37 km) et Fantasy Forest ( internet link: (79 km);


ULM / BALLOONING / HELICOPTER : many ULM clubs nearby: : Rilly-sur-Vienne (7,5km), Châtellerault (27km), Sorigny (33km), Joué les Tours (47km),etc. Some offer an overview of the castles of the Loire.
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Several baptisms by helicopter or balloon over the castles of the Loire (Amboise, Chaumont, etc..) Are also provided by agencies or clubs.
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14. A.B.A., Balloon (Poto MOG, feb. 2008) | 15. A.B.A., balloon landing near the fortified part of the Abbaye (Photo MOG, feb. 2008)
4x4 and QUAD : many the roads surrounding the landscape. Various clubs and agencies offer trips in 4x4 or quad.
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CLIMBING: Various clubs offer the escalation room or outside in Indre-et-Loire or in the Poitou
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Finally, some sites resume all kinds of sports (parachuting, gliding, martial arts, gymnastics, baseball, basketball, caving, handball, hockey, diving, rowing, karting, bowling, dance, paint-ball, rugby, squash, shooting archery, shooting, mountain biking, etc.). and clubs available to you in Indre et Loire or in the Poitou.


For example : for l’Indre-et-Loire, for la Vienne, and for les Deux-Sèvres.

A wide variety of cultural places can be visited nearby or in the region Loire-Anjou-Touraine. In addition to the events (theater, concerts, exhibitions, etc.). And seasonal activities for which we advise you to inform you directly to the Offices of Tourism (see, we offer below a list containing the most of the local cinemas and most important historical sites artistico-cultural in the region. This list is, of course, not complete.


Richelieu (15 km) :
Chinon (28 km) :
Loudun (34 km) :
Tours (51 km) :
Poitiers (59 km) :
Richelieu (15 km) : classified cité de Richelieu (Place des Religieuses, Grande rue, Halles, Eglise, portails), Parc du Château du Cardinal de Richelieu.
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L’Ile Bouchard (16 km) : Prieuré-cure Saint Léonard (classified), Parish Church St Gilles (pilgrimage of the diocese of Tours linked to the apparitions of the Virgin Mary), Chapelle des Cordeliers, Eglise St Maurice.
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16. Recumbent figures in the Church of River (Photo MOG, August 2008) | 17. Choir of the Church of River (Photo MOG, August 2008)
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Tavant (18 km) : Church Saint-Nicolas de Tavant the crypt and its superb frescos (XIe century).

Tavant is a very nice place to visit ! The Mairie of Tavant works a lot to keep the historical authenticity of the place (Professional guide; restoration of the frescos; animations; Web site; etc.).

We really recommand you to visit the Tavant's Church and it's crypt.  A very nice and sympathetic guide will explain you all the historical details about this place... Really...A good advice: don't miss it!   

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Rivière (24 km) : charming classified church (Eglise Notre-Dame) the original frescoes and located on the outskirts of Vienna.
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18. Ile Bouchard, St Gilles church, panel explaining the apparitions and message of the Virgin | 19. Ile Bouchard, Church of St Gilles, a place of visitation of the Virgin (Photo MOG, August 2008)

Crissay-sur-Manse (22 km) : classified small town, castle ruins, small restaurants.
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Loudun (34 km) : Cited interesting in terms of historical heritage: dungeon, college etc Ste Croix.
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Montbazon (38 km) : Donjon du Faucon noir, tavern on the edge of Vienna.
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Moncontour (49 km) : Donjon de Moncontour (Vienne), build in 1040 by Foulque Nerra, and known for the seats and battles whom are repeated
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Champigny-sur-Veude (16 km) : Castle of Champigny-sur-Veude and Chapelle St Louis (windows du XVIe siècle).

This is a very nice visit we really recommand you to do... Don't hesitate to ask to get "Mrs Terrien" as you guide... She's a real expert on this matter.  She will introduce you to the history of the Ste Chapelle, and will answer, with many details, to all your historical questions or requests...!   

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Le Rivau (23 km) : Château du Riveau and his garden.
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Saché (31 km) : Castle, museum Balzac, literary walk
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Seuilly (33 km) : Musée Rabelais, house of the writerFrançois Rabelais (La Devinière), and Abbaye de Seuilly (Indre et Loire)
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20. Seuilly, room de Rabelais à la Devinière (Photo MOG, august 2008) | 21. Abbaye de Seuilly, Etampes (Photo MOG, august 2008) | 22. Abbaye de Seuilly (Photo MOG, august 2008) | 23. Abbaye de Seuilly (Photo MOG august 2008)
Azay-le-Rideau (34 km) : Château d’Azay-le-Rideau and his parc. Large classic of « Châteaux de la Loire ».
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Montbazon (38 km) : Château de Montbazon, son donjon and his Virgin.
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Montsoreau (43 km) : Château de Montsoreau, castle de la Dame de Montsoreau. Big classic des « Châteaux de la Loire ».
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Oiron (49 km) : Castle and his gardens
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Fontevraud (44 km) : exceptionnal place of l’Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud (Maine et Loire) ; gisants de Richard Cœur de Lion, Aliénor D’Aquitaine, Henry II Plantagenet.
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Rigny-Ussé (41 km) : Castle of Rigny-Ussé ou Château de la Belle at the sleeping Wood
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Loches (47 km) : Medieval town, castle and dungeon; museums
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Villandry (45 km) : Château de Villandry and gardens. Big classic of Châteaux de la Loire.
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La Riche (52 km) : Prieuré St Côme, remains of the poet Pierre de Ronsard, brother of Charles de Ronsard, who was abbot at l’Abbaye de Bois-Aubry.
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Saumur (55 km) : Château de Saumur, ville de Saumur, Cadre Noir, vineyards, caves and troglodyte houses. Grand classique des « Châteaux de la Loire ».
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Chenonceau (65 km) : Château de Chenonceau. Grand classique des « Châteaux de la Loire ».
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Amboise (68 km) : Château d’Amboise and his mini castle parc. Big classic of « Châteaux de la Loire ».
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Montrésor (64 km) : Castle and village of Montrésor. Nearby : Chartreuse du Liget, la Corroirie du Liget, le Prieuré de Grandmont-Villiers.
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Clos Lucé (68 km) : Château du Clos Lucé, Parc Léonardo da Vinci. Big classique « Châteaux de la Loire ».
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Chaumont sur Loire (87 km) : Castle. Big classic des « Châteaux de la Loire ».
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Brissac Quincé (90km) : Château de Brissac, vineyards (Maine et Loire).
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Cheverny (104km) : Château de Cheverny. Big Classic « Châteaux de la Loire ». Expo Tintin.
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Blois (107km) : Château de Blois. Big classic of « Châteaux de la Loire ».
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Chambord (119km) : Château de Chambord. Big classic of « Châteaux de la Loire ».
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EFinally, for the most courageous, we also recommend visiting interesting cities close to average: Niort (castle) and the Marais Poitevin (the Green Venice), La Rochelle (port, beach, aquarium, ile de Ré Island 'Oléron, Fort Boyard) and Nantes(La Baul e).
We offer below a list information regarding the major theme parks, attractions or entertainment close to the Abbey. This list is not exhaustive, given the number of amusement parks and entertainment offered by the region:
Saint Benoît Aventure (37km) : amusement parc..
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Futuroscope (48km) : amusement parc and cultural animation of Futuroscope.
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Lac de St Cyr (41km) : parc et lac de St Cyr (golf and watersports).
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Lulu Parc (56km) : amusement parc for children at Rochecorbon.
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Doué la Fontaine (70km): Zoo (superb !) and rose garden of Doué la Fontaine.
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Fantasy Forest (79 km) : trip in the forest, karting, paint-ball, Disc Golf, Canoë, VTT, souterrain, escalade, etc.
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Puy du Fou (122km): parc of Puy du Fou (120 km). Attractions, divers shows, cinéscénie etc. Super !
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Eurodisney (310km): Paris in TGVdeparture at Tours. Disney resort. Super !
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Parc Astérix (314km): atrraction park
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The Parc naturel régional Loire-Anjou-Touraine, and Poitou, have a great reputation in matters gastronomic and wine.

Angers, Saumur, Orleans, Tower, Bourgueil, Chinon, Loches, Poitiers ... So many historic and gastronomic ... What vineyards and cellars to go ... In these famous cities and their surrounding countryside, local products, the wine tasting and cooking steps are an integral part of culture. Who knows indeed, in the region of the Chateaux de la Loire, the Loire guinguettes, or wines of the Loire ... Who knows the great classified growths of Bordeaux, the rillettes du Mans and Tours, Sainte Maure cheese, the stuffed Poitevins the mâche Nantes, melons of Dive, Orléans vinegar, truffles and saffron Touraine, pears and apples typed Touraine ... Not to mention the foie gras, jellies, jams, honey, vinegar, etc


For example :
For wine lovers, this is a dream come true. If the organoleptic examination reveals already the size of the wealth of controlled appellations that surround us, the mouth is there for us to confirm ... to include the near Chinon, Bourgueil and the St Nicolas de Bourgueil, Saumur and the Saumur-Champigny without forgetting the Touraine, Vouvray the ... A little further west are the Anjou, Anjou-Villages and Anjou Village Brissac, and the Coteaux du Layon, Coteaux de l'Aubance and Savennieres. If we continue in the same direction, it will cross to complete Ancenis Muscadets on and on Muscadets Lie. As against, if one undertakes a little further east, we soon found the Sancerre and Menetou-Salon. Finally, a little further south-west, the famous Bordeaux: Médoc, Haut-Médoc, Pomerol, Margaux, St Emilion, St Julien, Entre-deux-Mers ... and leading luminary of the illustrious "Pauillac ».

As for gastronomy, excellent restaurants all over the towns and surrounding countryside, whatever your budget is... The guides (Michelin, Gault et Millau, etc..) will guide you step by step in the discovery of the palaces!


practical terms, we can provide the following information: :

You will find, in direct proximity of the Abbaye de Bois-Aubry, a little grocery store Marigny-Marmande (5.5 km).


24. La clef des champs, Luzé (Photo MOG, march 2009)
Marigny-Marmande also has an office of the Post.

In terms of supermarkets, various supermarkets are available at equidistance. We mention among them: the Intermarché and Shoppi Richelieu (15km), Super U de l'Ile Bouchard (16km), and the Intermarché Bricomarché Ste Maure de Touraine (17km), a wide range of Auchan supermarkets which Châtellerault (27km), and a vast selection of supermarkets whose Auchan in Chambray les Tours (45km)


In banking, you will find various banks nearby.Examples Crédit Agricole and Caisse d'Epargne at Richelieu (15km) and the Isle Bouchard (16km), La Banque Postale and Crédit Lyonnais to Ste Maure de Touraine (17km), Société Générale, Crédit Lyonnais, Banque Populaire, the IOC, BNP Paribas, Credit Mutuel, Caisse d'Epargne Aquitaine Poitou Charente, etc.. Châtellerault (27km).
Finally, on medical plan, you will find doctors and dentists close (Richelieu / Ile Bouchard / Ste Maure de Touraine) and hospitals or clinics Châtellerault (27km), Chinon (28km), Tours (51km) or Poitiers ( 59km).
For shopping, it is advisable to travel either in the medium-sized cities near as Chinon (28km), Bourgueil (28km), Châtellerault (27km), Loudun (34km) or in big cities like Tours (51km) or Poitiers (59km).
In transport, you will find a station TER Noyant Touraine (15km) or TGV to Tours (St Pierre des Corps, 52km) or Poitiers (59km). As for airports, you will find in Tours (Tours Symphorien Airport, 56km) and Poitiers (Poitiers-Biard Airport, 58km.

 Finally, if you look for other nice things not far from the Abbey, we suggest you:


As gîte:


La petite Belgique, 13 Villevert, 37120 Luzé  Tel: 02 47 95 77 67 (Mr Jean-Marie Moutoy)  Mail:

  Nice place, nice swimming pool...And nice welcome by your hosts Jean-Marie and Agnès ! 


As Chambre d'Hôtes (with possibilities of diner):

Le Clos Chavigny, 3 rue de la Rouillière, 37500 Lerné    Tél : 02 47 93 94 72 - Mobile : 06 83 10 46 64

Email :    Site Web:

Superb and historical site (situated in the decor of the welknown novels of the famous french writer "Rabelais"), very nice hosts (Jean-Claude and Moa), beautifull rooms, amazing living room, gorgeous meals... The top of the top !

Le Clos de Ligré, 22, rue du Rouilly, 37500 Ligré   Tel : 02 47 93 95 59    - Mobile: 06 61 12 45 55

Web site:

Superb XIXth century house... Beautiful and nicely decorated rooms, flowery garden and nice swimming pool.  Don't miss the meal... Martine Descamps is a perfect chef !  

Le Ragois: 13 Grande-rue, 37120 Richelieu : Tel: 02 4

7 93 15 47 (Mr et Mme Bâtard) mail: et Site web:

 If you dream to pass a night in an hotel of the "cité de Richelieu", we advise you to go to Le Ragois.. You will be nicely welcomed by Mr and Mrs Bâtard, and will discover a very nice place, with a nice garden and very typical rooms restaured with a lot of taste and fully respecting the tradition... A very nice adress !   


As Restaurants:

-"Auberge de l'île": Ile Bouchard (gastronomy), Web site:   Tel: 02 47 58 51 07

-"Val de Vienne": Sazilly,  Web site:  Tel: 02 47 95 26 49

-"Le Cardinal": Richelieu (Traditonal)

-"Le Châpeau Rouge": Chinon (gastronomy), Web site:  Tel: 02 47 98 08 08

-"Au Gardon frit": Pouzay (specialised in fish)  Web site:  Tel: 02 47 65 30 30

-"Chez Andrée": Pouzay (specialised in fish)  Web site:é Tel: 02 47 65 30 30

And, if you just would like to eat a pizza in your gîte, you'l find very good take-away pizzas in the Rillois (Rilly-sur-Vienne): tel: 02 47 58 71 28

NB: Don't hesitate to tell the "chef" that your are we have send you to discover his restaurant... So you will even be better welcomed !   


As wine caves:



-Domaine de Noiré, Chinon     Web site:

We advise you to taste the "Soif de Tendresse 2011"... Good wine...Good price !


-Gratien & Meyer:

Nice visit of the stone caves / Nice shop  / We advise you to try the "Cuvée Flamme Rosé" !