Stay in troglodyte caves 18.09.2016

The limestone troglodyte caves of the region were created when the stone was mined for creating buildings became not only storage for wine but also places to live. What once was basic is now beautiful and many hidden havens line the border of the Loire river. There are hotels, B&Bs and gîte options to suit all budgets and locations.

For self-catering, try 'L'Escale Troglo' . Just 5 minutes from the fairytale château town of Saumur , the property has a large living room, shady terrace and sleeps up to 6. 

At 'La Farfadine' , the Troglodyte B&B in the heart of Doué la Fontaine, choose a 'themed stay' and discover subterranean art, troglodyte living and ceramics, then try throwing some shapes yourself with local clay with a little help from the experts. 

The 4-star hotel and residence: 'Demeure de la Vignole'  in Turquant is a troglodyte paradise of creative workshops and accommodation, the hotel has 12 rooms plus a gìte that sleeps up to 4 people. There is even an underground heated swimming pool!