Fitness trail

Beside ponds and tennis at the exit of the village, the town has created a green area called “fitness trail” with tackles and obstacles. You can run it in small strides, or in walk mode, in this well-kept and airy green space. Tables for picnics are also installed.
If you follow the complete route, you will go around the two ponds for a distance of about 4 kms.

Traditional wickerwork

Whether you are attracted by manual activities or you like wicker creations (baskets, trunks, trays), the workshop of Mr. Christian Pineau in Vernantes on the road of Noyant will interest you a lot.

Give him a call at to know if he can receive you or organize a workshop discoveries (two successive mornings) or a training course a little longer, or you open his shop for exhibition and sale!

wicker work

Opening of the fishing season at the Vernoil / Vernantes ponds

On April 29, it was the opening of the fishing in Vernoil, in the two ponds located near the old campsite

Nearby, other ponds in La Breille pines, Mouliherne, Vivy offer family fishing;

Further, the Loire offers a variety of more sporting fish to fish.

You can get day fishing cards at the tourist office of Saumur or online

Play tennis during your holiday

Two quick tennis courts and a training wall await you at the exit of Vernoil, in front of the old campground.
 Tennis cour in March The net is present from Easter to All Saints, it is removed in winter.
To obtain the access key, you must ask the Riton bar in Vernantes or in the café du Centre in Vernoil (open every day, except wednesday afternoon and Sunday, yo can get the key in advance on Saturday).

Stroll in the antiques

If you like antiques, adore flea markets or junk shops, know that are organized every

  • Second Sundays of the month in Montsoreau along the banks of the Loire River
  • Fourth Sundays of the month in Saumur at La Brocante du Théatre (between Bilange Square / Franklin Roosevelt Street)

An antique shop L’Ile au temps is settled in Vernantes (40 Saumur road), closed on week-end, must be called before visit 02 41 67 22 83
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The Brocante Le chineur opened in Vernantes on the road to Vernoil, the store is open in the afternoons from Thursday to Sunday, and public holidays. Closed on the 4th Sunday of the month.

The Brocante de la Vallée at Beaufort en Vallée in the afternoons from Wednesday to Sunday.

Horse and pony riding

manege du haras de la mouline

Fans of horse riding competitions are well acquainted with the stud farm of La Mouline in Vernoil-le-fourrier, famous for its horse racing competitions and for other complete competitions, monthly rendezvous for the future champions.
But our guests can also discover or discover the pleasure of riding a few minutes from the old school.

On 2019 August 3rd to 6th, horse riding competition

doubles poneys au box

The equestrian center has Shetland ponies, double ponies or horses to learn how to ride a horse from 3-4 years old, current in the quarry or ride, with parents for toddlers.

2020 rates (to be confirmed), 12 euros half an hour for shetland ponies, between 17 and 20 euros per hour for the biggest, 50 euros half-day hikes for experienced riders

More info in french on the website

Pottery and Ceramics artcraft

My passion for pottery started around a decade ago during a pottery class.

I was fascinated by the process of transforming a lump of clay into something functional or aesthetically pleasing.

If you’ve ever been the slightest bit intrigued about how bowls, vases, and planters are made, take a break from the daily grind and experience an interesting activity.

Discover with your family a manual activity during your stay in the Old School, it is possible, at the Atelier du chat potier (Potter Cat Workshop) which offers pottery workshops, for children or adults, during the school holidays or to organize on request some lessons for 3 people:

The Atelier du Chat Potier is pleased to open its doors from February 23rd to 25th and March 2nd ant 3rd  for children,, and on February 27th for adults

You can contact Viviane Lechat on her website