La Vallee Troglodytique des Goupillieres, Azay-le-Rideau

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Discover medieval caves and their historical uses at La Vallee Troglodytique des Goupillieres. These caves feature three farms dug into the stone with wells, bakers' ovens, cattle sheds, a grain silo, and an underground refuge. Let your children's imaginations run free with reproductions of a cabin, fortress, and a witch’s house. Then go inside the enclosed garden filled with plants to make a butterfly's paradise. Dine at The Troglodyte Gourmand serving tartines, pancakes, drinks, and homemade ice cream. Guided tours are only in French, but printed booklets in English describe the caves that were dug out by peasant farmers and builders during the Middle Ages. See La Vallee Troglodytique des Goupillieres and all Azay-le-Rideau has to offer by arranging your trip with our Azay-le-Rideau travel itinerary maker.
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  • How did the peasants live while the royalty lived in the lap of luxury in palaces? What was life like for regular rural folk? This is a true lesson in history.  more »
  • Many fun activities for primary schoolers. Our teenagers were underwhelmed. Interesting to see how many lived while François I was in his châteaux! Worth a visit.  more »
  • After having visited a few chateaux the kids were in dire need of a change! We spent a few hours at this historic site, discovering how farmers used to love from the middle ages up to recently in thos...  more »
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  • Was a recommended stop on our walking tour. Our visit exceeded our expectations. Louis-Marie Chardon has created a remarkable restoration of a small grouping of troglodyte dwellings. The dwellings are furnished with old household goods and farm implements. The brochure and signage do a good job of explaining what life was like for the original inhabitants.
  • After seeing so many Chateaus in the region it was very interesting to see how the other "half" lived. Well maintained and beautiful area too.
  • Great introduction to the people who built the chateaus.
  • One of the best troglodyte places to visit with kids. Run by a family who pours its love into the place. And do try the foués.
  • This place is awesome. We got there early and the owner showed up from nowhere and opened up for us. He spoke enough English, and was very cheerful. He also would explain stuff to us as he saw us wondering the property. Only down fall is the mosquitos!!!!!!! Good luck

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