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Le Lude - in the winelands of the Loire

The town of Le Lude is a typically French market town lying in the elegant winelands of the Loire, to the north-west of central France in the department of Sarthe. Especially renowned for its fabulous castle, the Château du Lude, the town has a lively centre and a thriving economy. As you might expect of a town set in a wine producing region, Le Lude benefits from a good climate, with moderate temperatures the norm and plenty of sunshine in the summer time.

... and the living is easy

Le Lude is a lively town with a good collection of amenities. Dining out is a real joy, as you can choose from a number of very good restaurants, serving delicious local speciality dishes. There are all the shops you could hope to find, including wonderfully French boulangeries which send out their tantalising aromas of freshly baked baguettes at all hours of the day. Then there are the fruit and veg shops bursting with shiny, colourful produce and the wine caves temptingly stacked high with their dusty bottles of the best and most expensive wines and the huge barrels of the cheap and cheerful wines. Then there are supermarkets and all the usual service industries too, making the living easy in the summertime or whatever the season!

Weekly market and summer night markets

Every Thursday sees the arrival of a traditional outdoor market, and on certain summer evenings the town also puts on atmospheric night markets, where local crafts and special delicacies are on display.

Château du Lude

The Château du Lude is an absolutely superb example of the fairytale castles of the Loire, and is really worth a viewing. It is open to the public on March 22nd, 23rd and 24th, and then from April 1st until September 30th, with a few exceptions. Originally constructed as a fortress in the 10th century, the chateau you see today belongs to the same noble family who have owned it for the last 250 years, and who have made its restoration and care their lives' work. Resplendent inside with important works of art and some fine antique furnishings, the castle is equally impressive outside with huge, breathtakingly beautiful gardens and an imposing and beautiful exterior. Allow at least a day to explore and marvel!

Out and about

The area close to Le Lude offers a variety of places to go and activities to pursue. Situated close to the famed Le Mans motor racing circuit, you could be lucky enough to catch one of the big events that take place here. If, however, you prefer horses to horse power, you should waste no time going to watch a fantastic display of classical horsemanship at Saumur. Then the city of Tours is an interesting place to visit, as is Angers, and there are, of course, the famous Loire valley wine domains and vineyards to see and the wines to taste!

Sport on offer

The area offers plenty of sporting activities too, with golf courses, horse-riding centres, tennis courts, lake and pool swimming and boating being on offer amongst other pursuits.

How to get there

Tours and Angers are the nearest airports, with Tours being served by Ryanair. British Airways is due to start flying to Angers in 2013. You could also fly to Rennes, Nantes, Poitiers or even Paris. It is also possible to take the train, as Eurostar will take you to Paris, and from there you can take the TGV to Tours or Le Mans. If you are driving you will find the town from the A28 auto route.

Property prices and availability in and around Le Lude

Although in general the area around le Lude is not particularly cheap, there are some excellent bargains to be found here. Property styles vary widely, with some lovely character properties on the market at the time of writing.

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Le Lude is situated in the north-west of central France. It lies in the south of the Sarthe department, close to the border with the Maine et Loire department.

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Population: 4,424

Access: By air: Fly to Tours, Rennes, Nantes, Poitiers or even Paris. By rail: Eurostar will get you to Paris, from where you can take the TGV to Le Mans or Tours. By road: The town is located from the A28 auto route.

Economy: The economy is mixed but includes wine and tourism.

Interesting fact: The town is home to a famous chateau, the Château du Lude.

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