|Montreuil-Bellay is one of the nearest châteaux to the gîte and is well worth a visit - but, if your french is not good, check first that a tour in English is available.|
|Even if you can only afford a walk around the perimeter, it will reward an hour or two. The castle is impressive and there are some great views of the river and the countryside.|
There are also a number of restaurants and cheaper eating places in the town. It also has some pleasant picnic areas, if you are more inclined to eat cheaply.
It's also close to Brézé so you can combine the two châteaux (although each has a lot to offer in its own right).