This interesting house is at the only significant intersection in the town where you can take the road to Le Bourgneuf and it also leads to a nearby menhir.
Le Thoureil is situated in the Maine-et-Loire department (Pays-de-la-Loire region) in the western-centre of France at 24 km from Angers, the department capital.
Set beside the Loire it's a popular place for cyclists as the flat route alongside the river with its pretty little villages makes for a pleasant ride.
There are also several boats there of the historic variety, one of which is owned by a chap who does tours and can speak English. There's a phone number listed at his mooring and, if he's not there you simply give him a ring.
I'm 90% sure this was the name of the restaurant. Anyhow, the one I ate at was situated above the roadway so you had to go up a ramp or steps to get there but this gave it the advantage of having a lovely aspect over the Loire.
If you get a lovely day like we had it's pleasant to sit out on the patio and watch the world passing by.
Favorite Dish: Don't remember the details of our food but it was acceptable and the service was good.
This is a very large and impressive tomb. The chamber is square-ish and is divided into two roughly equal rectangles by a row of six standing stones with a gap in the centre. The entrance is to the SE where a small antechamber leads to the main chamber that measures around 7x7m (23x23ft). The capstone is a giant and covers the whole surface of the tomb. I dwelt on just how they must have moved such a massive stone all those years ago without today's modern equipment.
It is a very neat and regular shape, as are the supporting stones. You can stand up straight inside it except for where the capstone has cracked in the middle. Well worth the small effort required to get there. Nearby in some trees are many boulders that might have once been more tombs.
This is hard to find without large scale maps as the villages do not appear on ordinary road maps.
My suggestion is to call at the tourist office at Gennes beforehand and get a local map as I did. From Gennes head west on the D751 and look for a right turn on a narrow lane to La Lussiere, it should also say to La Roche but the sign mat be facing the wrong way so you might not see it. Follow the lane through these two villages and when you reach the village of La Fontaine there is an old sign pointing to the right up a lane. Follow this and it turns to a short dirt track and the chamber is on the left near some picnic benches.
This little know attraction in the Loire Valley is worth your time if you are into art. It is one man's attempt to turn a basic tufa cave into something unforgettable. In this he succeeded but his dream was not quite fulfilled.
Jacques Warminsky was that man but, tragically, he died before his vision was complete but, then again, I wondered whether someone artistic like him would ever have been fully satisfied.
We had a guide for our tour who spoke little English but made a valiant effort and we understood much of what he had to say, all of which we found interesting.
Bernadette Alberti was lady who apparently had a hand in this work, often working side-by-side with Warminsky but I haven't been able to get any more details as yet.