The house is located some 800 meters from the lake at Sidiailles in the middle of the countryside, near woods, fields, streams and the lake.
A charming cottage, fully renovated, with a covered wood deck of 16 square meters, a grand view of forests, and the valley leading to the lake, 80 square meters inside, comprising a living room (28 square meters) with exposed ceiling joists, kitchen of 22 square meters with cathedral ceiling and exposed truss beams, one bedroom (16 square meters), two full baths, an unfinished basement (cave) and 500 (+ / -) square meters of land. Hiking, biking, bathing, tourism.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sidiailles 1 km|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Limoges 200 km, Nearest railway: Chateauroux 70 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
As yet, this part of France is largely untouched by mass tourism, unlike some of the other regions of France. This doesn't mean to say that it doesn't have much to offer, on the contrary, there is plenty to do, no matter what your interests. Alternatively, you can simply relax and enjoy the countryside from the comfort of your own garden.
Our gîte is situated in what is known as the Boischaut - in the southern part of the department of Cher, which straddles the Berry, north to south. An area of beautiful scenery, quiet roads, abundance of wildlife and delicious local cooking. We border the Auvergne and Bourbonnais and both the Brenne and Sologne regional parks are within a comfortable drive.
The Berry is the traditional heart of France, as well as its geographic centre. Bourges, the capital of Cher, has played a major role in France's cultural and religious life. Every year the lanes in the area play host to the many pilgrims forging their route to Santiago de Compostella in Spain.
In the local area, there are châteaux at Culan, Ainay-le-Vieil (near the Fôret de Tronçais, a former royal hunting ground), and Lignières, to name just a few, all with their own special charms. The historic Abbaye de Noirlac hosts concerts and antiques fairs throughout the year, whilst the Roman remains at Drevant near St Amand-Montrond and at Argentomagus near Argenton-sur-Creuse help to put the local history into perspective. Amongst others in the area, there are two notable abbey gardens in the area at Orsan and Drulon (the latter encompassing an unusual sculpture garden), and the marais gardens in Bourges.
Bourges itself is well worth visiting for its riches of history, as well as its traditional 'son et lumière' display in the old town on summer evenings It also hosts the annual 'Printemps de Bourges', a music festival staged at various locations throughout the city (23-28 April, 2013).The Chateau d'Ars near La Chatre also hosts the annual 'Rencontres Internationales de Luthiers et Maitres Sonneurs', an early music festival (11-14 July 2013). The annual antiques fair at Touchay (fourth Sunday in July), or the Foire aux Ânes et aux Mules (20 May 2013) or the Pôle du Cheval et de l'Ane (races and equestrian events throughout the year), both in Lignières, provide an alternative touch to your visit.
Not forgetting this region's literary heritage, George Sand, one of France's most famous writers lived in the area around La Châtre; her artistic circle included Fréderic Chopin and Gustav Flaubert, and this connection is realised by just some of the numerous festivals and fêtes in the area. Alain-Fournier, born in Chapelle d'Anguillon, also used local places as settings in his book 'Le grand Meaulnes', as did Honoré de Balzac with Issoudun.
The Berry also offers a more traditional feast for the taste buds too with markets and restaurants serving up delicious and very reasonably-priced meals (for example, it is not uncommon to be served a good three-course lunch for around €12). It also has its very own wine region around Chateaumeillant.
For those who need activity after too much indulgence, then the Lac de Sidiailles provides a variety of water sports, with fishing and walking always an option in the area. There is a Formula 3 race-track at La Châtre and karting at St Amand-Montrond or Levet for those who would like to try their hand behind the wheel, plus microlighting at St Christoph le Chaudry for those who prefer a little more excitement and a buzzard's-eye view. For an alternative day's entertainment in August, the annual 'Fête de la batteuse' samples a day in the agricultural life, re-enacting a typical summer's day of old with working vintage agricultural machinery including threshers and ploughs.