Our lovely local village, this is charming place to visit. Here are some suggestions for what to do and how to get there:
Follow the meandering La Loire À Vélo cycle path, from right outside La Fuye, to Huismes. Bike up there one evening (it’s just 5km from the house) and have dinner at Stéphane’s very casual bistrot/bar Café le Jeanne D’Arc (do call ahead to make sure they’re open: +33 2 47 58 92 53).
There is a smarter restaurant next door, Le Petite Auberge, if you prefer more formal dining. Good food either way, but there is a lot to be said for sitting alfresco at Stéphane’s and watching the world go by (La Petite Auberge is indoor dining only).
Keep going a little bit further (4km from Huismes; 9km from La Fuye) and you reach the one of the Loire Valley’s most charming, secluded and lesser-known Châteaux: Château d’Ussé - the so-called Sleeping Beauty Château as it was said to have inspired the fairytale.
Before you head for home, visit the exceptional butcher here called Beugnet François. Family-run for three generations, the meat is excellent. (5 Place de la Marie)