|Gite de Lavande||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
Gite du Lavande is on the borders of the Auvergne, Limousin and Centre Region, is ideally situated to explore an area full of history, charm and beauty.
Within half an hour's drive you can discover castles and chateaux, picturesque historical market towns and villages, swimming lakes with sandy beaches and cafés, woodland walks, and plenty of wonderful picnic sites.
Go a little further and you will get more of the same, in any direction.
However, there is no need to go very far. You could simply spend your holiday relaxing at "home" by the pool, sipping chilled local wine, reading your favourite books and cooking up a delicious bbq in the evening. You'll go home feeling refreshed and happy whatever you choose to do.
Gite du Lavande has a private enclosed mature garden which also boasts an above ground swimming-pool , and views over the adjoining fields. the locality is ideal for walking, biking and swimming, or simply a place to relax within its tranquil rural surroundings. Chez Jabier also has the unique feature of having no street lights, making it ideal for star-gazers.
PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL - above ground approx 4.5m, ideal to cool off on a hot sumers day Beach towels can be provided. Inflatables provided.
GREEN LANE WALKING and cycling direct from the door.
BEACHES and SWIMMING LAKES Three marvellous local swimming lakes (with fishing as well) within 20 to 35 minutes drive.All lakes have lifeguards in high season and swimming areas are cordoned off for safety, you can hire pedalos, canoes and rowing boats. At Sidiailles there is an adventure in the trees suitable for young and older and also a cafe on site.
GOLF Within 15 mins drive there is a superb international 18 hole course.One at Pouligny Notre Dame and another at Gouzon. There is also a spa at Poligny Notre Dame should you feel the need for a pampering treat.
CYCLING is very popular here in France and there are some excellent cycle routes.
FISHING there are numerous local fishing lakes, where you can get daily permits.
LOCAL CUISINE A wide variety of cuisine is available in our local towns and villages, with menus from 11 euros for 3 to 4 courses.
CHATEAUX and GARDENS and HISTORICAL SITES There are many fabulous places to visit - full details are in the gite
FAMILY ACTIVITIES There are numerous family activities to keep all the family amused, there are two adventure in the trees parks close by, laser shooting, bouncy castles and trampolines, Llama treking, Pony Treking, Zoo de Beauval is the largest zoo in Europe and well worth a visit, Le Pal is a zoo and theme park with rides for all ages a fantastic day out for all the family, Futuroscope is about 2hours drive away, again a fun packed day, closer to home there is the wolf park and giant maze at Guéret, Kayaking and electric boats at St Amand Montrond.
MARKETS Everyone wants to visit a traditional French Market, our closest are Boussac - Thursday morning, St Aout animal market - Tuesday morning, Chateaumeillant - Friday morning and La Chatre- Saturday morning.
Why not try your hand at bartering at one of the many brocantes held on weekend here in France, you will discover some beautiful villages and taste the true meaning of France. Children are well catered for with rides and games to keep them amused. Full details are available in the gite.
Modern fitted kitchen/dining room: gas hob, electric oven, fridge-freezer, kettle, toaster, coffee-maker, cutlery, crockery, cooking utensils. Table with 4 chairs (highchair and child booster seats available).
Comfortable living room, with sofa and 2 armchairs, sat tv,cd player, dvd player, selection of dvd's and cd's.
Bedroom 1: view of pool and garden, double bed with bedside tables and lamps, wardrobe, dressing table, bookcase with selection of books.
Bedroom 2: Views of the countryside, twin beds with bedside tables and lamps, clothes rack, tv with video player, bookcase with selection of books and videos for all ages.
Modern bathroom with power shower, washbasin and toilet. Heated towel rail. (Baby bath and toddler toilet seat).
Woodburning fire in the lounge, first basket of logs is included in the price.
The gite has its own private garden, with lawned area, ideal for sunbathing, decked area with patio table , chairs and umbrella, bbq, shaded area with table and chairs.
The pool is in the main garden, it is an above ground, unheated pool for guests private use, there is also a trampoline for younger guests.
There is a private parking space in front of the gite which is ideal as it's shaded.
We moved to Chez Jabier, a tranquil hamlet in Central France in October 2005. Our dream to have a gite business here, 8.5 years on our dream is finally a reality. It's been a long road getting here as we bought a house that needed renovating before we could start on anything else, every step has brought us closer to the dream. We are here now and it's all been worth it.<br/><br/>We hope that you will appreciate our fantastic piece of paradise as much as we do.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||I live in the centre of France in the Berry Region, my department is Cher (18). Its very rural and we are the only English family in our commune. The people are very welcoming and we have been very well accepted into the local community here|
|Unique benefits of property||The gite has a particularly stylish décor and a modern kitchen and bathroom, we have a selection of good onsite games and also know the area so well we can share our local knowledge and accessibility to landmark attractions. We provide internet access, which may be essential for some guests which is free. We also live on site, but are only here if you would like some information , advice or have a problem, otherwise we keep our distance and allow you to enjoy your holiday in the peace and tranquility of the garden, I can offer a meal on arrival at extra cost if you so wish, with a children's menu, just contact me for more details.To our east are the vineyards of Châteaumeillant then the more sweeping countryside of the Cher Valley. To our west, beyond La Châtre and the river Indre the Creuse valley heads north to the Loire, passing through the town of Argenton, rich in Gallo/Roman history. South of Argenton is the picturesque village of Gargilesse and the lake of Eguzon .|
Flights and first air balloon in Berry. We invite you to the most wonderful time aboard our friendly platform and suite with a capacity of up to 3 people. Space Flight, let yourself float in the wind and discover the Berry as you did ever seen. Beyond the dream, we suggest you fly Berry, you can see here, the nature full of life. Let us guide you in the wind by flying altogether.
Range from the traditional French style of very formal bedding schemes surrounding chateaux to smaller more relaxed planty schemes, Berry Secret gardens are displaying natural beauty. From an artistic garden to medieval and romantic natural settings, Secret gardens offer panoramic views of a generous nature combined with the inspiration and imagination of the gardens’ owners. Berry Secret gardens are enjoying an excellent reputation, maintained by passionate gardeners. Seven gardens are considered “Remarkable” by the Ministry of Culture and Communication for their inventive and daring green settings. Nature lovers will enjoy unique places, alive with music and events all year round: horticultural and botanical events, plant markets, exhibitions, celebrations, classic and jazz concerts… Gardens of the Château d’Ainay-le-Vieil Floral Park of Apremont-sur-Allier Gardens of Prieuré Notre-Dame d’Orsan Gardens of Drulon Gardens of the Château d’Azay-le-Ferron The Garden of George Sand’s estate Gardens of the Château de Bourges Gardens of the Château d’Ainay-le-Vieil Following a tempest in 1984 part of the park surrounding the Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil was turned into a rose garden in the style of 17th century gardens. This rose garden now contains around 180 varieties and traces the steps leading to todays modern roses from the early work to produce new rose cultivars. Following this success the owners turned their attention to the four chartreuses (walled gardens) and each of these were planted with a different theme. There is a fruit garden, a herb garden, a garden devoted to meditation and a white garden. The garden opens on hudge lime trees, elegant cottages and the magical White Garden inspired by Sissinghurst, in England. A cascade of falls in series of joint lakes and pounds. In May, the air is fragrant with white and blue Wisteria japonica. By the riverside of Allier, overhung by the castle, the floral park, created nearly half a century ago by Gilles de Brissa
City of art and history, Bourges is proud of its monuments such as the palais Jacques Coeur and St. Stephen's Cathedral - classified world heritage by UNESCO - its ancient streets and half-timbered houses. Green City, Bourges is one of the greenest cities of France with 135 hectares of marshland in the heart of the city and more than 50 m2 of green areas per capita. City of culture, Bourges is very attached to his house of Culture, the first created in France, and his "Le Printemps de Bourges" festival, created in 1977
The VIADUCT CULAN registers as one of the most beautiful site of bungee jumping in France. Jumps are performed in an exceptional setting, facing the majestic castle Culan (12th century). " it is as if we jumped into a postcard ! " Specialists acivités wilderness our reputation and expertise have been recognized for more than 20 years already. This viaduct 55 meters has all the advantages of bungee jumping: - Greatness and beauty of the site - close to shops and hosts - picturesque Viaduct closed to vehicles Team ANTIPODES promises unforgettable moments safely. Application of AFNOR and ministerial regulations. For the holidays, a anniverssaire or other think to offer a gift voucher! valid for one year on all our dates. Location: Culan viaduct is located near Bourges in the village of Culan. Coming from Paris. Through A71, take exit 8 (Saint Amand Montrond), then join Culan by D 951 and D 997 From the South (Clermont), take exit 10 of the A71 (Montlucon ), then join Culan by D 943.
Dramatically overhanging its pretty town on the banks of the Nahon, the Château of Valençay guards the secret memories of its illustrious former occupant: Monsieur de Talleyrand. Its architecture elegantly blends all styles from the Renaissance to the 19th century. In any of the hundred rooms of the château– all furnished in a remarkable fashion from the Regency period, Louis XVI and Empire Style, one can imagine the splendour of the great receptions held “au château” by this intellectual eminence conceiving the Europe of Nations. Charles Talleyrand, diplomat and visionary, Minister and Emperor Napoléon’s councillor, welcomed all the political greats, foreign diplomats and influential women from court in this wonderful setting. The château, one of the largest in France, would appear from its Renaissance style and magnificence, to have been inspired by that at Chambord, its royal neighbour. Its regal dimensions did not alter the finesse of its detail. Nowadays the huge, English-style gardens play host to many animations and attractions : «La Forêt des Princes» is a one-way circuit of 4 km all around the park. Using electric cars the visitor can discover unusual and delightful places around the historic castle. «Le Jardin d’Antonin» is a 600 m2 gardens with more than 300 species of culinary herbs, the visitor has fun trying to guess all the scents. Twice a year, Valençay greets the visitor with its 3 000 candlelights as night falls. Throughout summer, pageants are a wonderful way to discover the castle in its most beautiful settings.
The Château de Culan is in excellent condition. It was remarkably restored in the period 1950-1980 by a previous owner, Jean Ferragut, who organized in beautiful exhibitions (Picasso, Bernard Buffet, Flemish tapestries, etc.). It is one of the few fortresses to still possess its crenelations wooden (see photo, this is the part between the roof and the masonry of the towers) which allowed to throw stones and various projectiles on attackers. The Castle has beautiful monumental fireplaces from the 15th century. Around the Castle were laid out in 1995 of the 'medieval Gardens' on the idea of Mrs Alice Flament. Today Jean Pierre Marquis, the father and Édouard Marquis (his son) continue the work of restoration and maintenance
Gargilesse-Dampierre, George Sand’s “little Switzerland” This Berry village - that George Sand was so fond of has played host to many painters all of whom were charmed by the romantic sight of its steeply-roofed houses, clustered harmoniously around the Romanesque church and the castle. The Villa Algira is the tiny house that George Sand used as a place of rest and inspiration. Rated amongst the hundred most beautiful villages in France, Gargilesse still enjoys a wealth of cultural events today that take place in a welcoming, easygoing atmosphere. Saint-Benoît-du-Sault, a charming medieval city. The little medieval city is perched on a rocky outcrop. It owes its name to the Benedictine priory that was founded here in the 10th century. A tangle of narrow, sometimes sloping alleys tempt the visitor to explore this village that seems as if it has strayed from the Middle Ages. Solid ramparts encircle this old town and its half-timbered houses. Enter a fortified door near the bell-tower to see the church, apse and nave dating back to the 11th century. 15th and 16th century houses with sculpted doors and windows show the city’s prosperity. Apremont-sur-Allier, a picturesque village surrounded by flowers Situated on the west bank of the river Allier, Apremont-sur-Allier is considered one of the most beautiful villages of France. The castle became a fortress in the Middle Ages to defend a strategic position on the Allier river and to get a fare from travellers who crossed. Eugène Schneider, the successful entrepreneur renovated his wife’s native village in the medieval local style in the 19th century.The old fortress still maintains five of its 12 or 14 original towers, as well as walls. The castle is surrounded by a flower park in the English style. The garden is notorious for its Chinese bridge and its Turkish pavilion. In the village the Boatmen’s House is located at the place of the old harbour where quarry stones were shipped for the Loire chateaux
he celebrated film “Jour de Fête” by Jacques Tati was shot at Sainte Sévère, a pretty village in the Berry region. As a refugee, Tati settled nearby on a farm during the World War II. He promised the inhabitants to return and shoot his first feature, launching Tati's international reputation. The house of “Jour de Fête” takes the visitor back in 1947 to the village of Sainte-Sévère, transformed at the time by the arrival of a film crew for the shooting of “Jour de Fête”. Visitors will go over the event through the look of a child who retained the shooting memories by filming them with a coffee mill. To be seen with family, 3D projections, film set, sounds, special effects offer 70 minutes of laughter and thrills. English versions of audioguides take visitors through the town and different filming locations.
The Pal is an amusement park and wildlife that combines two activities, that of an amusement park and that of a Zoological Park in the territory of the commune of Saint-Pourçain-sur-Besbre, near Dompierre-sur-Besbre, in Allier, France, created in 1973. The site becomes Park in 1981. On 35 acres, it offers 25 attractions and more than 600 animals in semi-freedom, as well as several animaliers1 shows. Great day out for all the family attractions for all ages
Green labyrinth. Why not come and lose yourself in the quiet tranquility of a maze of greenery? In the giant labyrinth of Gueret, 4.5 miles of grassy paths lined with evergreen shrubs await visitors young and old just unroll their ball of string. To navigate this green maze, different themed questionnaires according to age are offered. The idea is simple: if you find the correct answer to the questions you will continue in the right direction ... and thus get to the centre of the giant labyrinth of Gueret.
On this ensemble of flavours play the harmonies of the vineyards of Centre-Loire: Sancerre, Menetou-Salon, Quincy, Reuilly, Châteaumeillant and somewhere on the way, the Valençay. Winemaking in Berry developed around the 12th century thanks to the number of priories which furthered the culture of the wine. Today, Sancerre, to name but one, is known throughout the world. These elegant wines draw their character from the flinty and chalky Berry soils. Their depth of personality is a result of restricting yields and careful selection of the grapes. The Sauvignon, a variety celebrated for its richness is the only grape used for the white wines of Sancerre, Menetou-Salon, Quincy and Reuilly, all of which are AOC classed areas. White wine represents about 85% of production. The region's second grape, though not indigenous, is the Pinot Noir used to produce reds and rosés in Sancerre, Menetou-Salon and Reuilly, although some of the delicate Pinot Gris is also grown in the latter. The Gamay is the starting point for the wines of Châteaumeillant, whilst Cabernet Pinot Noir is used for the winemaking of Valençay.
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Certainly not the visitors to the Guéret Mountains Animal Park which invites us to observe grey wolves of Eastern Europe and white wolves and black wolves (from Canada) in conditions which are similar to their natural habitat, thanks to very large enclosures. After this direct contact with the animals, you can put this experience in perspective at the maison du Loup, or Wolf House: there an exhibition analyses the relationship between these mammals who are less bloodthirsty than legend would have it. Additional informations Open all year round From February to December: daily from 1.30pm to 6pm May to mid-September: daily from 10am to 8pm Special opening during the Christmas holidays 1.30pm to 5pm Closed on 24, 25, 31 December and on January 1
Experience an unusual moment in the heart of nature on a strange contraption called "bike-rail" while borrowing a former railway line formerly dedicated to the transport of travellers and Bosmoreau mines coal. Treat yourself to a sports and family walk on 10 km round trip in the middle of unspoilt nature. Enjoy the freshness along the Valley of the Thaurion while observing the ruins of an ancient Abbey, horses grazing quietly and why no other unusual animals... The journey ends with a panoramic view of the towers of the castle of Bourganeuf. You've to turn using the 'retourneur' to come and enjoy a refreshing drink served at the terrace of the arrival station which has preserved its original framework of 1883.
Very committed to the protection of species endangered and class among the 15 most beautiful zoos in the world, the ZooParc de Beauval is a magical and unforgettable. More than 5700 animals evolve within exceptional installations: koalas, okapis, manatees, tree kangaroos, Tigers and white lions... not to mention giant pandas!