A large collection of little soldiers

Less than 10 kilometres from the Old school in the direction of Bourgueil, is the last lead soldier factory in France (CBG Mignot), which exhibits the collection of figurines of his former boss.

Nearly 300,000 pieces, with a very large representation of soldiers of the Empire in chamarré uniforms, but also animals, circus characters, firemen, hunters or bathers. The characters are staged with the interior decoration of the red boxes designed by the company.
The tour begins on the ground floor with a sample of the collection, moulds and period utensils, and continues on the 1st floor with videos and showcases of the collection.
The lead figurines continue to be handmade using thousands of moulds from the company’s heritage, deburred, assembled and painted by hand.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, you can see the little soldiers’ painter on her workstation on the ground floor, and take away some souvenirs.
Allow 30 to 40 minutes, open from 9am to 12pm, 1.30pm to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday.

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Gizeux castle

The largest Loire castle inhabited by a family is located about 10kms from the Old School


Costumed visits for children, workshops in the afternoon during the school holidays, your children can take care while you visit the castle gallery, the common, the gardens with a guided tour or your audioguide



Located about twenty kilometers from the cottage of the old school, through the woods and La Breille les pins, this small vineyard village is known for its troglodyte houses: two good restaurants (the Hélianthe, the Bistroglo) are settled there, if you want to test the atmosphere of this type of installation in the heart of the rock.

You will also find in Turquant the museum of la pomme Tapée (tapped Apple) , also installed in the cliff, which traces the secrets of making a culinary specialty of the region.

Fontevraud abbey

Located 25 km from our holiday rental through the woods of La Breille pine trees, you should visit the site of the abbey famous for the recumbent Plantagenet family including Aliénor of Aquitaine and Richard Coeur de Lion who are buried in the abbey church.
The monumental cloister and the very curious kitchen tower