Although we keep telling people we're in the Loire Valley, we're actually in the Poitou-Charentes area, but very much on the cusp to the Loire on the north. Thouars, on a rocky outcrop surrounded by the river Thouet, is on the border between Anjou and Poitou. There are as many roofs of northern slate as of southern red tiles.
The house where we're staying is between the church and the château! What a wonderful, central location.