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Lonely Planet review
This huge hunting reserve (the largest in Europe) stretches for 54 sq km around the château, and is reserved solely for the use of high-ranking French government personalities (though somehow it’s difficult to imagine Sarkozy astride a galloping stallion). About 10 sq km of the park is publicly accessible, with trails open to walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders.
It’s great for wildlife-spotting, especially in September and October during the deer mating season. Observation towers dot the park; set out at dawn or dusk to spot stags, boars and red deer.
Hire bikes at a rental kiosk near the embarcadère (jetty) on the River Cosson, where you can also rent boats. Guided bike trips (adult/child €10/6 plus bike hire) depart mid-August to September.
To see the rest of the reserve, jump aboard a Land Rover Safari tour(tel: 02 54 50 50 06; adult/child €18/10; Apr-Sep), conducted by French-speaking guides with an intimate knowledge of where and when to see the best wildlife.