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Les Caves Champignonnieres des Roches

Bourre, France
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ANDRE TS1966 wrote a review Jan 2020
Weston, Florida817 contributions624 helpful votes
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We were a group of 9 biking in the Val de Loire and one of our stops was Les Caves Champignonnnieres. It was very interesting to see all the mushrooms kind and all caves. Our tour was in French and most of our group needed to wait for my translation, and I missed a bit of the information. It is very cold inside and warm clothes are recommended . The most interesting part is the history of France carved in stone.Highly Recommended.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Scottish traveller wrote a review Aug 2019
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Quite hard to find but well worth the search We arrived half an hour before tour and it seemed deserted but guide arrived promptly and was excellent and the tour really interesting Learnt a great deal about mushrooms and exploring the caves was a real insight to both mushroom growing and the quarrying of the stone for all those Chateaux We loved the carved village scene inside - a real surprise Extra bonus was an hour in a cool space when it was the hottest part of the day !
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Date of experience: July 2019
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cynthiainidaho wrote a review Jul 2019
Hailey, Idaho32 contributions8 helpful votes
There is so much more to this tour than just mushrooms. Take the tour, you will not be disappointed!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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David B wrote a review Sep 2018
Norwich, United Kingdom65 contributions35 helpful votes
Arranged a group visit in advance and we were allocated an English speaking guide who was enthusiastic and passionate about the history and commercial use of the caves. Allowed to taste a freshly grown mushroom which was unlike a supermarket version. The stone carvings provided another dimension to the tour and the retail opportunity at the end rounded off a great visit. Quite a bit of walking over slightly uneven ground and fairly cool underground so take a jacket.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Vivi wrote a review Jul 2018
Geneva, Switzerland86 contributions33 helpful votes
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We didn’t expect to find this tourist attraction but we’re glad we did ! For 12 EUR you can explore the underground galleries of Tuffeaux stone and learn about a novel approach to mushroom cultivation. The quarries started 2000 years ago around 5 BC and the Tuffeaux stone can be found in many of the Loire castles. The stone can carry 200 kg of pressure per cm3 (I hope I captured that info correctly!). The quarrying activities stopped in 1914 when they reached the end of the filament. By the time quarrying stopped, there were up to 400 km of galleries and they went as deep as -10 levels below the top of the hill. The galleries now house mushroom cultivation - Champignon de Paris, oyster, blue foot and Shiitake. The tour takes 1 hour and is hosted by a knowledgeable guide (and one of the mushroom farmers). Pack a jacket as it’s 12 degrees Celsius underground. If you’re looking for it, look for the village of Bourré near Montrichard. There is a small and free parking next to the ticket office and mushroom store. Recommended for families with kids who are curious about mushrooms and being underground !
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Date of experience: July 2018
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