One of the joys of living in the Touraine countryside is that around every corner or at the end of every lane, avenued by poplars there is some gem of remarkable interest. One such diamond of a place Sandra and I have discovered and enjoyed is “Domaine de Navas” just outside of Montrésor.
Domaine de Navas is a most beautiful complex of 19th Century buildings, including a functioning chapel, set in well-managed, planted parkland, at the end of a kilometer-long
avenue of trees. The name Domaine de Navas itself comes from the complex’s time when it was a vineyard ~ Navas being a variety of Spanish grape. When the winemaking stopped the estate fell into disrepair until, a few years ago, the enterprising couple, Monsieur and Madame Predal of Montrésor, took ownership and completely renovated Navas. To day it is a venue for wedding parties, weekend parties, reunions, events, etc.
In 2009 Sandra and her two friends, Julie and Rowena, organised a week-long residential workshop of Yoga and Middle Eastern Dance. This was the first time the Navas venue had been let out for events other than weddings. The Predal’s now promote Navas for a variety of uses and is currently the centre for a film, La Ville sans Dames being made in the nearby pretty village of Montrésor.
Sandra and Co are arranging another week-long residential workshop of Yoga and Middle Eastern Dance at Navas in the first week of August. Interested? Just leave a comment below.