Quite apart from hundreds of chateaux chock-full of history and works of art, the area around the Hotel de France offers a range of cultural delights.

Le Théâtre de la Halle au Blé À la Fléche is a nineteenth century architectural gem with a regular programme of superb plays and concerts. La Castelorienne is a 250 seat theatre in Montval-sur-Loir that boasts an excellent programme of concerts and theatre productions – and art lovers should visit Moulins de Paillard, an artists’ residence and contemporary art hub that stages regular exhibitions from March to November.

There’s also the ‘must-visit’ Musée des beaux-arts de Tours (Museum of Fine Arts) in Tours.