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The peaceful little village of Chédigny which sits 12km north of the town of Loches in the heart of Touraine is an ideal spot to appreciate the lifestyle this beautiful region offers.


Walking its little streets at any time of year is a real pleasure as you admire the well maintained houses and gardens of the village...



...tranquillity itself.





There is a fine 13th century church to explore - Saint Pierre-es-Lien...



...and a very good restaurant 'Les Clos aux Roses'  in the village.



We have enjoyed a lovely meal here and would recommend it, both inside and on the terrace under the wisteria are great places to dine ...www.leclosauxroses.fr/





This sleepy little village does however have its moments....it comes alive at the end of May with its annual Rose Festival. The idea is the brain child of the mayor Pierre Loualt who wanted to contribute something to the Loire Valley's reputation as the 'Garden of France'. In 1998 the village began planting 700 rose bushes, they have since multiplied and now bloom in profusion. This has given rise to a 2-day 'Festival des Roses', which this year (the 10th) takes place on 30th and 31st May. You can smell the roses first hand and you will have an opportunity to purchase some examples as well.



The success of their endeavours has lead them to being the first village listed in the  Remarkable Gardens of the Centre region since October 2012  in the company of the likes of the gardens at Chenonceau and Villandry.

While their display of roses may not be as jaw-dropping as the great chateaux gardens there is no doubting its charms.


There is a flower market to stroll through plus the festival has also become a time for artists who have settled in the village to open up their studios and for artisans to display their wares.



For 15 years up until 2012 the village was also the venue for a popular blues festival but they decided to change the format and offer the ‘Festival of the mouth and ears’ - an opportunity to discover the rural gastronomy of Touraine plus shows incorporating a  combination of music and theatre presented by professionals and amateurs alike.


Set over two days at the beginning of August - 2014's programme is still to be announced.


More: www.festivaldechedigny.fr


External links:


Website of commune:             www.chedigny.fr/





*Some of the photographs courtesy of Jean Lacy @averygrandpressigny.blogspot.fr


Official blog:             rosesdechedigny.canalblog.





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