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Chemillé-sur-Indrois

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Small village of about 230 inhabitants, Chemillé-sur-Indrois is located in the Center-Loire Valley, in the department of Indre-et-Loire. The commune is located in the borough of Loches, near Montrésor.

A site occupied since the Neolithic period, Chemillé-sur-Indrois developed strongly in the 12th century under the influence of Henri Plantagenêt and after the creation of the Liget Charterhouse to expiate the murder of Thomas Becket. An important rural exodus in the 20th century gradually empties the commune of its inhabitants. In recent years, the latter has turned to tourism in order to re-attract visitors to its territory.

The village of Indre-et-Loire boasts an important architectural heritage, testifying to its importance over the centuries. Its geographical proximity to some of the most important tourist sites in the region, like the castle of Loches, also make it a privileged holiday spot. The commune also benefits from a rich gastronomy, which is part of the PDO or AOC production areas of the Sainte-Maure de Touraine and the Valençay, as well as the rillettes of Tours.

Geographical information

MunicipalityChemillé-sur-Indrois
Postcode37460
Tourism label
Latitude47.1612420 (N 47° 9’ 40”)
Longitude1.1653500 (E 1° 9’ 55”)
AltitudeFrom 82m to 142m
Surface area24.87 km²
Population234 inhabitants
Density9 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureTours (62 km, 1h00)
Insee code37069
IntercommunalityCC de Montrésor
DepartmentIndre-et-Loire
TerritoryLoire Valley, Touraine
RegionCentre-Loire Valley

Nearest cities & towns

Montrésor3 km (5 min)
Beaumont-Village5.6 km (9 min)
Villeloin-Coulangé6 km (9 min)
Genillé8.2 km (11 min)
Sennevières10.1 km (13 min)
Orbigny10.2 km (14 min)
Nouans-les-Fontaines12 km (15 min)
Ferrière-sur-Beaulieu12.1 km (16 min)
Beaulieu-lès-Loches13.6 km (17 min)
Le Liège13.7 km (16 min)
Loches14.6 km (19 min)
Saint-Quentin-sur-Indrois15.1 km (19 min)
Perrusson15.2 km (21 min)
Céré-la-Ronde17 km (21 min)
Saint-Jean-Saint-Germain17.2 km (23 min)

Things to see and do

Founded by Henry II Plantagenet in the 12th century to expiate the murder of Thomas Becket, the charterhouse of Liget is in the commune of Chemillé-sur-Indrois. Of great importance in the Middle Ages, the edifice was sold as a national property during the French Revolution, and largely destroyed. One can still admire a monumental 18th century portal, vestiges of the surrounding wall, the ruins of the church or one of the galleries of the former cloister. All these monuments are now listed or classified as Historic Monuments. You can also discover a bas-relief depicting Saint Bruno, as well as a second showing Saint John the Baptist.

Not far from the Chartreuse, about 800 meters, Corroirie is a monastic site of importance in the region. The site still retains today a 15th-century drawbridge door, or a 13th-century chapel with Plantagenet-style decor.

Located in the heart of Chemillé-sur-Indrois, the Saint-Vincent church has a Romanesque choir inscribed in the Historic Monuments. You will be able to discover a 16th century chapel, as well as a more recent nave, from the 19th century. The bell tower houses the oldest bell in Indre-et-Loire, Maria, baptized in the middle of the fourteenth century. Inside the building, do not miss a statue of the Madonna and Child in the majesty of the thirteenth century, as well as two very beautiful stained-glass windows showing Christ in the tomb or Christ in glory.

Today, the mill of Les Roches is a former flour mill from the beginning of the 13th century.

Several castles take place on the territory of Chemillé-sur Indrois, as the castle of the Renardière probably dates from the fifteenth century. Completely restored in the 19th century, it still features a corbelled pepper pot in one of the corners of the main building, as well as the commons. The Chateau de Chemillé, entirely redone, only presents rare elements of the 15th century, such as a corner turret or mullions to the windows.

From the old brick and tile industry of Chemillé-sur-Indrois, one can still see a 17th century tile factory and a cave dwelling at the beginning of the 20th century. The two buildings are listed in the general inventory of cultural heritage.

Around Chemillé-sur-Indrois, you can admire a Gallo-Roman aqueduct.

A 35-hectare leisure park is located in the town, with a swimming area, children's games, a petanque court or a sports circuit. Several marked hiking trails are also accessible around and in the town.

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Events and festivities

At the beginning of July, the lake festival organizes a meal, a flea market, a popular ball or a fireworks display.

The town proposes a petanque contest in early August.

Weather

Saturday 25 november
Min. 4°C - Max. 9°C
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Sunday 26 november
Min. 3°C - Max. 9°C
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Monday 27 november
Min. 3°C - Max. 10°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit the gingerbread house
Local flavoursFreeFaverolles-sur-Cher (20 km)
Hot air balloon flights in the Loire Valley
Nature and the great outdoors209 € to 740 € Chenonceaux (20 km)
The Royal Château d'Amboise – Visit with optional audio guide
Culture and education11 € Amboise (31 km)
Discover the art of glass-blowing
Arts and Crafts6 € Chargé (32 km)
Discover the Loire in a traditional boat
Nature and the great outdoors20 € Chaumont-sur-Loire (35 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
From Pouillé to Montrichard along the Cher River
Cycling itineraryEasy2h30Pouillé (19.8 km)
Dolus-le-Sec Wind Turbine
Village visitEasy30 minDolus-le-Sec (21 km)
Vines and heritage
HikeEasy1h45Vernou-sur-Brenne (38 km)
Barn Vaugarni
HikeEasy2h00Pont-de-Ruan (46 km)
Hamlet of La Basse Chevrière
Village visitEasy3h00Saché (48 km)

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