The good taste of simple things ...
As well as its magnificent castles, the Loire Valley has lots of delicious local products to enjoy, Loire wines, goats cheese, strawberries, asparagus and its famous tarte tatin, to name but a few!
Here in the heart of the Cheverny wine producing region; we'll take you off the beaten track, come and stroll through the vines and orchards, enjoy a delicious snack and break in the wine cellars as you chat with the local food and wine producers.
Very easy level
Suitable for all family
Accomodation to choose from : An out of ordinary night among the vines /Bed & Breakfast / House to rent / Camping in our donkey farm
"Vines and the mystery of the golden bunch of grapes "
2 days/1 night
Prices vary depending on accomodation
(see the options at the bottom of the page)
Cheverny, famous for its castle, but not only that!
Cheverny is also home to a large number of local producers, its AOC Cheverny wines, Sologne strawberries and cows milk cheese... Amble along with our donkeys and you'll meet up with these local producers, passionate about what they do.
This outing is the ideal opportunity to relax, taste, and enjoy: take your time, dawdle along in the heart of the vineyards, look, touch, smell and taste there's so much to discover! Enjoy this special experience with a loved one, friends or family.
Try to solve the Mystery of the golden bunch of grapes, a fun trail organized by the Domaine de Montcy vineyard, guaranteed to amuse children and adults alike; then take refuge in a cosy cocoon at the heart of the vines and enjoy a very unique sensorial experience.
Step by step...
Day 1 - 12 km hike (8 miles)
> Welcome the day before, or during the morning by les ânes de Madame
> Meet with your walking companion: getting him ready, brushing him, putting the packsaddle on the donkeys back, itinerary explanation and first lessons about how to hike with your donkey.
> Departure for the hike:
You'll follow a little path lined with old oak tress, your donkey will take you to the forest in Cheverny.
Open your eyes wide, and your ears, deep in a glade you may spy a doe and her fawn, a frog leaps into a pond, now is the time to discover the small pond animals...
Then you'll leave the tranquility of the forest behind to pass through little hamlets and pass by farms, you'll be surprised by the beauty of the typical houses in Sologne.
From small roads and little paths meandering through the Cheverny AOC vines you will arrive at the Château de Troussay.
The smallest Loire valley castle opens its doors for you, and if we refer to the family motto, you can expect a warm welcome "The house may be small, but oh it's a happy one when filled with friends".
You can then have a picnic on the grounds of the castle (either with your own picnic or you can ask for a locally sourced picnic at reception).
As you leave the château de Troussay, you'll notice a "strange" winery, there are vines growing on the roof! You have arrived at Domaine Terra Laura, where Laura Semeria will invite you for a tasting of her organic wines.
Beside the winery and the vines, you'll see a chalet that is unique in this region, a cosy cocoon with a sauna, an out of the ordinary sensorial experience awaits ...
Optional: The Mystery of the bunch of golden grapes, fun game organized by the Domaine de Montcy to discover the world of vines and wine, with or without your donkey.
You can either play the game on the first day depending on your time of arrival, or the following morning.
Day 2 - 7 km hike (4 1/2 miles)
> Preparing the donkeys
during the morning
On the way back the donkeys will show you the path to follow. You can even stop off at a farm producing cows milk cheeses ... Ideal with some Cheverny wine!
In moderation of course!
Hike from shadows to light, from forests to ponds and vines ...
Out of the ordinary stay at the Domaine de Montcy
> A chalet equipped with a sauna at the heart of the vines, or spend the night in a wine barrel!
From 125 € per night (price for 4 people)
For further information: The Domaine de Montcy and its out of the ordinary accommodation
Night in a charming bed & breakfast
> Brice and Patricia will welcome you to their beautiful home full of character surrounded by hundred year old trees and bordered by a river.
Prices start at 130 € per night with breakfast included (4 people)
For further information: Bed & breakfast Le Béguinage
> Didier will welcome you in his family house, an ancient farm in the heart of the Loire Valley. Swimming pool.
Prices start at 110 € per night with breakfast included (4 people)
For further information: Bed & breakfast La ferme des Saules
Night in a rented house
> Les gîtes de l'Ecole Buissonnière in Cheverny welcome you to stay in the former village school. There are 4 accommodation units to rent for 4 to 8 people only steps away from the château de Cheverny.
Prices start from 55 € per night (from 4 to 6 people)
Groups can be accommodated (6 to 24 people).
For further information: Gîte communal L'ecole Buissonnière
Farm camping / Our donkey farm
> The L'heureux hasard campsite proposes out of the ordinary camping on the donkey farm, gypsy style caravans, tee pees, wooden cabins, tents "ready to pitch" ... A family campsite with 20 spaces, calm and quiet guaranteed.
From 35 to 115 € per night.
For further information: Camping L'heureux hasard
Night at the "Les saules" 4 star campsite
> Laurent and his team propose tents that are ready for campers and very comfortable; they're called the Rand'ô'Toile (all you need is your sleeping bag!). After your hike, relax in the swimming pool or have something to eat at the restaurant.
Prices from 55 €
For further information: Camping Les Saules**** in Cheverny
Continue your hike :
Choose from :
Depending upon your choice of accommodation, we will provide the information about lunch options (where to buy your picnic) and dinner options (at a restaurant, in your rented accommodation ...).
At each accommodation option a space is reserved for your donkey and his food is available.
Good hikers travel light!
Here are some tips and pratical advice for preparing your hike.