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Chédigny: A Unique Garden-Village in the Heart of the Touraine

Chédigny: A Unique Garden-Village in the Heart of the Touraine  

Chédigny, a quiet and authentic little village of only 550 inhabitants, halfway between Loches and Chenonceau in the heart of the Touraine, has made a name for itself as the only village in France to be ranked as a ‘Jardin Remarquable’ for its extraordinary collection of roses, but also for its annual 2-day Festival of Roses, which draws visitors from all corners of the globe.

The story began back in 1998, when the mayor of Chédigny decided to plant 700 rose bushes ‘to give the village back to its people’. Little by little all the residents, young and old, got involved in the project and since then roses in every size, colour and shape, have sprung up all over town. This year the Festival will take place on May 27-28, so come see the townsfolk showcase their gardening talents, select your favourites from among the many varieties on offer, and join in the music and fun. If you miss the event, don’t worry: guided tours of this tiny paradise are offered from April to Sept. 

Chédigny has yet another treat in store for you this year, opened just this spring: its beautiful 17th century rectory transformed into an eco-friendly lodge for hikers and cyclists on the Loire à Vélo biking trail. Don’t forget to visit the rectory’s masterfully renovated cottage garden, offering a harmonious display of vegetables, spices and medicinal herbs and a wonderfully peaceful spot to rest and meditate.   

If you feel like extending your stay in this friendly little town, there are a number of places in the area to choose from, among them Le Clos aux Roses, a lovely and reasonably-priced B&B right in the village itself. 
For more information about Chédigny
To book a room at Le Clos aux Roses

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