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Gîtes de France
Gîtes de France

The Gîtes de France label has grown and developed over the years and is now the largest guest-house network in Europe. In 2005, Gîtes de France celebrated its 50th birthday.
Its objectives:

  • promote comfortable, friendly holiday stays,
  • meet the special needs of holidaymakers seeking authentic, convivial holidays in natural settings, peace and quiet, novelty and wide open spaces,
  • help to preserve and promote the French countryside and its special cultural heritage,
  • participate in local development and bring stability to the rural population by providing additional resources through tourism.
For further information on Gîtes de France, click on the icon.
Châteaux at Boussac, Chantemille and fortresses at Crozant and Crocq
Creuse Tourism

Click on the photos to the left to see information about more of the châteaux in the Creuse (you may need to click on "Châteaux et demeures historiques" to get the page to load completely). By returning to the Creuse Tourisme home page you can access a mine of tourist information about the Creuse. There is an English version available by clicking on the Union Jack icon on the right at the top of the page, but it contains different information from the French version.
Visitor's Passport 2013 If you are planning to visit more than one attraction, don't forget to collect a free passport during the first visit. After paying the full admission fees at the first partner site, you will get a reduced price for admission to another 27 of the most interesting sites in the Creuse. A list of the participating sites is available at Passeport Inter-Sites

Château de Villemonteix
Château de Villemonteix

Only 2.5 km from Chénérailles, you will find the sympathetically-restored 15th century Château de Villemonteix, full of ancient tapestries. It is usually open daily from Easter to the end of October but check its website by clicking on the photo.

Léonie Press
Leonie Press

Thinking it might be nice to have a holiday home or live in France? Léonie Press has published books by people who have done just that in many regions of France.
The "St Paradis" trilogy by Anne Loader -"A Bull by the Back Door","The Duck with the Dirty Laugh" and "The Bells of St Paradis" - is set close to Chénérailles and "Bon Courage, Mes Amis" by Sheila Wright about half an hour's drive away. Click on the Léonie Press logo or a book cover for more information.

Léonie Press, A Bull by the Back Door Léonie Press, The Duck with the Dirty Laugh Léonie Press, The Bells of St Paradis Léonie Press, Bon Courage, Mes Amis!
A Bull by the Back Door is now available in Kindle format from Amazon.

Golf-Club de La Jonchère  -  Montgrenier, 23230 GOUZON
Gouzon Golf Club

Set in 120 ha of open countryside alongside the N145 at Gouzon, and accessed from the Boussac road, the Golf-Club de La Jonchère's main course has 18 holes (5960 m) and is rated par 72. It also has a 9 hole pitch and putt course and a training area. Fishing is also catered for on site.
Pont Noir

Pont Noir is a non-commercial English language website serving the Creuse, part of the Limousin region of Central France. It features a Business Directory, Features, Forums, News and Information for residents and visitors.

La Créperie,9 Grand Rue, Ahun
La créperie, Ahun

They don't have a website but they do have a yummy selection of crépes, galettes and ice cream concoctions. The créperie is at 9 Grand Rue, Ahun and the telephone number is 05 55 62 58 70. Why not time your visit to Moutier d'Ahun or Ahun itself to have lunch or an evening meal there? There is plenty of parking by the church.

The mottes at La Tour, St Dizier La Tour
The Mottes at La Tour

Since the 10th century, ancient feudal mottes have stood guard over the old village of La-Tour-St-Austrille (now known as La Tour, in the commune of St Dizier la Tour), but for generations they have been hidden by dense vegetation.

Only 5 km from Chénérailles, they are now open to visitors all year round, but the association founded to safeguard and renovate them will offer guided visits to La Tour’s three mottes and its other hidden heritage, during July and August, starting from the church, between 3pm and 6.30pm. The price for adults is 2€50, or 1€50 for youngsters aged between 12-18 years, under 12's free. Production of the Creuse Inter-Sites Passport will knock 0€50 off these amounts.

English visitors wanting to explore unaccompanied can be provided with a self-guide information sheet to be given back at the end of the visit. Illustrated 8-page guides in French or English are also available to purchase. Tours in English outside the above dates and times may be possible if arranged in advance by telephoning (in English) 05 55 62 34 70.

Location: N46° 08’ 46.7, E2° 09’ 15.4; UTM 31T 434687 5110650.

The mottes are on private land to which the owners have kindly allowed access. Please return their generosity by respecting the sites and not climbing or allowing children to climb on the mottes.

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