Parçay les Pins is a small
village situated in a fruit growing area, set amidst picturesque
countryside and pine forests. It is about 17 miles from the town of
Saumur, 30 miles from Tours in the east and Angers in the west, all of
which are sited on the river Loire.
The village is built of a local limestone called "Tuffeau" and is
typically French in its appearance. Tuffeau is quarried locally,
frequently from underneath the houses themselves providing excellent
cellars or 'caves'.
Larger Caverns are now used for growing mushrooms or storing wine. The
area where these caves are most noticeable is close to Bourgueil and
Saumur where many have been converted into dwellings which are still