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Doué la Fontaine - capital of roses

The elegant little town of Doué la Fontaine, which is found lying in the chateaux country of inland western France in the Maine-et-Loire department of the Pays de la Loire region, is famous as the home of the rose. The most beloved of all flowers is grown here in enormous numbers and in infinite varieties, and is celebrated annually in a superbly scented and colourful festival to which people come not only from all over France, but from all over the world.

Town life

Doué la Fontaine has good shops and facilities, with just about everything you will need for everyday life being available in the town, as well as that all important weekly market, held every Monday morning. If dining out is your pleasure, then this is another reason to consider taking up residence in Doué, as the restaurants are plentiful and really excellent.

Days of wine and roses...

If it is dreamlike days of wine and roses that make up your perfect French idyll, then look no further than Doué. The town is not only the rose capital of France, but it also lies in the heart of the wonderful Anjou region, where the most glorious of France's pink wines are produced. How's that for a recipe for a perfect summer?

Troglodytes and a zoo too!

For a small town in an inland department of France, Doué really has a lot to offer its residents and visitors. Not only does it have its roses and rosés, but also it has some fascinating troglodyte (cave) dwellings nearby. There is also a renowned zoo at Doué, and with the city of Saumur just a short drive away it is safe to say that you will never be stuck for something to do around Doué la Fontaine!

Sports for all

Motor sports fans will be pleased to know that there are opportunities for both go-karting and off-road motorcycling locally, as well as the more usual sporting activities of golf, swimming, fishing, cycling, walking and horse-riding.

How to get there

If you want to fly from the UK, you can choose to fly into Tours, Nantes or Angers. Tours is served by Ryanair, Nantes by Ryanair and Aer Arann, and Angers by Eastern Airways. The train is also possible, as you can take Eurostar to Paris then link to a TGV for Saumur.

Property prices and availability in and around Doué la Fontaine

The market is thriving in this area, although prices are not so high so that it isn't possible to obtain a bargain. There are all types of property currently on the market, from country homes and restoration projects to elegant town houses and modern villas.

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Doué la Fontaine AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Doué la Fontaine?

Doué la Fontaine is found in the west of France. It lies in the south-east of the Maine-et-Loire department.

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Population: 7,450

Access: By air: Fly to Nantes, Tours or Angers. By rail: There is a TGV stop at Saumur which is quite close by, making train travel a useful option to the plane.

Economy: The economy of the town concerns rose cultivation, wine and tourism.

Interesting fact: Doué la Fontaine is known to many as "The Rose Capital of France" and hosts a wonderful "Festival of the Rose" annually.

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