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La Magnanerie

Bourre, France
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About La Magnanerie
Lovingly surrounded by nature, the troglodyte site of la Magnanerie de Bourré will amaze visitors longing for a different experience. Overlooking the Cher valley, this true paradise will leave no one untouched. Come and feel the serenity of a world made of galleries secretly hidden within a sunny hillside. Oh yes, some people are lucky enough to live there ... and it will be their pleasure to show you around : the old "tuffeau" galleries (where the Loire castles stones were quarried), the 17th century silkworm farm (learn all about silk production in the region and the rearing of silkworms) and the traditional cave dwellings (hear about everyday life inside the rock).Access to the site is by guided tour only. The hour-long visit is fun, educational and guided by one of the inhabitants. So, if you wonder why and how people still live "in there" nowadays : feel free to ask. Your host will be more than happy to explain. The tours can be offered both in French and English
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David B wrote a review Jun 2019
Norwich, United Kingdom71 contributions36 helpful votes
Interesting alternative visit for a group to understand life in a troglo as well as the ins and outs of silk worm farming. The guide gave the tour in fluent English as we were a group of 18 and pre-booked the visit. We learned a great deal and all of the group enjoyed the visit.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from Laurent1, Propriétaire at La Magnanerie
Responded Aug 8, 2019
Hello and thanks for your message. We can indeed organise a guided tour in English for pre-booked groups. It is always a pleasure to be able to share our lifestyle with visitors from around the world. Have a great time in France ....
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anneetmichel wrote a review Mar 2019
Tours426 contributions259 helpful votes
The gentleman who owns the troglodyte is an experienced tour operator who became a silk producer expert and knows very well how to explain both the troglo'life and the silk production procedures. The visit (75 minutes) is fascinating and will interest many people whatever their age or expertise. It is also an excelent complement to castles and zoo visits... A real must even when you live in Tours ! Thks Laurent.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Response from Laurent1, Propriétaire at La Magnanerie
Responded Mar 2, 2019
Hey, you are more than welcome ! Thank YOU for such a nice evaluation. It is indeed always a pleasure to let visitors have an insight into the life of a modern troglodyte. Don't hesitate to come back in a couple of years. We might eventually have an en-suite bathroom !
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Becca S wrote a review Jun 2018
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Mostly the tour was in french, so not ideal if you don't speak, but the hosts have good english and will keep you in the loop a bit. Very friendly and interesting to see how they turn the caves into habitable homes and the original farming...in this case silk worms. Perfect for a rainy day!
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from Laurent1, Propriétaire at La Magnanerie
Responded Jun 15, 2018
Hello and thanks for your kind message. Indeed we are at our busiest on rainy days ... and what a shame ! Our garden is so lovely in the sunshine ! You will understand that we can't conduct tours in two languages. With the amount of information we provide, this would take over 2 hours. I would suggest English-speaking guests to contact us when planning a visit. It is sometimes possible to organise an English-speaking tour for a minimum of 6 adults. It would basically depend on the number of guides we have available on that day. But please note that we always provide a written summary of the visit in English, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French (for the hearing-impaired) to help those guests follow the French tour.
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SVOE wrote a review Aug 2017
Jersey, United Kingdom16 contributions19 helpful votes
Brilliant for all ages. The talk by a real 'cave dweller' was excellent and a summary translation into English of each section was given as we went around. Very informative but visual too. Perfect for all ages. Please don't make the same mistake us though - PARK ON THE ROAD AT THE BOTTOM. Don't attempt to drive up the hill, it is unbelievably steep and narrow and with no parking up there!
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Date of experience: August 2017
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NorfolkTripster wrote a review Aug 2017
norfolk9 contributions7 helpful votes
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Visited La Magnanerie in July , what a stunning example of a troglodyte and also a former silk worm farm too . The guide who is also the owner presented an extremely well informed tour . Well worth the money , a lovely way to spend an hour
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Date of experience: July 2017
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