The Château des Marais campsite is situated in the countryside in the heart of the Loire Valley and is only 6 miles from the magnificent Château de Chambord and is actually only half a kilometer through the local community of Muides-sur-Loire to the Loire River itself.
The campsite itself is set in the spacious grounds of an old stone manor house and the peaceful wooded surroundings make Le Château des Marais an ideal campsite for families with young children. This campsite is a relaxed site with spacious pitches and has the feeling of a country estate !
Le Château des Marais has excellent facilities, including a restaurant and supermarket. The superb pool complex has five pools, with a lazy river and a retractable roof over one. There’s even a mini spa and Jacuzzi with a Hammam (Turkish bath) and massage available, for just a small charge.
The Loire is an excellent base for a holiday, with cycle trails, and Chateaux to visit such as the Chateau de Chambord in this photo here:
The campsite is also well positioned if you are looking for a short stopover between northern and southern France as it is just 10 minutes from the A10 motorway.
If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :
In High Season, there is a bus route with TLC Tourisme buses, which goes from Blois to Chambord via the chateaux of Blois, Chambord and Cheverny. TLC Tourisme Website
If you want to be really eco-friendly, click here to access a guide to bike hire in the area !
However, details may have changed recently. Please check for the best route to the campsite and for up to date public transport details with the campsite or your tour operator.
This Château is only 6 kilometres from the campsite and is definitely worth a visit ! It is one of the finest samples of Renaissance architecture in France and was completed in 1547. It took more than 30 years to build. This chateau was used as a retreat by some of the most powerful French kings, among them the Sun King, Louis XIV. It has 440 rooms, stabling for over 1200 horses, parkland of over 5,000 hectares and is surrounded by over 20 miles of walls !
There are many events on at the chateau, but from June to September, the National Estate of Chambord will be presenting nightly performances of its latest sound and light show, “Chambord, Rêve de Lumières”
The Château de Chenonceau is only an hours drive from the campsite. It is situated near the small village of Chenonceaux, in the Indre-et-Loire département of the Loire Valley in France, was built in 1513 on the site of an old mill on the River Cher. The chateau has magnificent gardens which include a maze ! There is also a restaurant.
This Chateau will be of interest to Tintin fans as it is said to be the inspiration for Marlinspike Hall from the book Red Rackham's Treasure. There is a permanent interactive exhibtion introducting you to the world of Tintin. There is also a mystery game "The Secrets of Marlinspike Hall" for those aged 7 - 14! http://www.chateau-cheverny.fr/en
If you would like to explore the Chateaux by bike, then click here to see the internet site for a guide to the various bike hire companies.
If you would like to visit some miniature chateaux then this park in Amboise could be worth a visit. It is about an hour's drive from Chambord. (http://www.aquariumduvaldeloire.com)
Situated at St Aignan in the heart of the Loire valley and approximately 45 minutes drive away, this is one of the best zoos in France. A great selection of animals to view, but the main attraction is the white tigers. Regular exhibitions feature birds of prey and feeding the animals. Zoo de Beauval website - click here
Le Mans is 1 hour and 40 minutes drive from the campsite. The Le Mans 24 hr race is taking place this year in June. There are other events that take place at the track as well. To access the Le Mans site click here.
If swimming outdoors is your thing then you will want to try Chambord's New Natural "Swimming Pool, the largest of its kind in France. The water is purified through an organic, natural process.
For an excellent website about cycle routes in the Loire Valley click here.
Here you will find a chateau, and during the months of April until October there is a Garden Festival.
Blois (18kms from campsite), is a town steeped in art and history. The Royal Château of Blois was one of the favourite residence of the Kings of France, and links four different periods of French architecture. The salamander and the porcupine, the emblems of Francois I and Louis XII respectively, adorn the walls. You can enter the chamber of Henri III where the Duc de Guise was assassinated. There are 200 sculpted wooden panels in the private cabinet of Catherine de Medici, behind which the sovereign would hide her poisons, jewels and secret documents.
There are some nice churches to visit, including St. Nicolas and St. Louis Cathedral. There are also some excellent chocolate shops.
From 3rd April until 26th September, each night at 22.00 hrs, you can watch a night-time spectacle Ainsi Blois Vous est Conté, which is a sound and light spectacle that is projected onto the historic buildings of the Château. The special effects will take you back to experience the drama, love and mysteries that have shaped the history of the Château as well as of France.
The Maison de la Magie oppposite the Château retraces the fantastic story of illusionist Robert-Houdin! Find out more about the hallucinoscope, and some of the mysteries behind the tricks. There may also be a small magic show performed along to music.
Blois has many interesting streets and stairways leading down to the Loire. There are walking routes around the town as well as carriage rides which provide a more leisurely way to discover the town. You can also head for the port of La Creusille and enjoy a boat trip to see a superb panoramic view of the town from the river.
The medieval city of Tours has a gothic cathedral which is well worth visiting.
(just over an hour and a half's drive, 123 kms from campsite) Chartres Cathedral is famous.