Les Marronniers The Forgotten France


Available locally by arrangement:-

Archery - at the outdoor sports centre at Eguzon.

Beaches - there are several safe, sandy beaches on Lake Chambon, with life-guards in the summer months. Ideal for small children.

Bird-watching - we are just 30 minutes from the renowned Brenne Natural Park, one of France's most important inland wetlands.

Canoeing - on the lake and down the rivers - Canadian-style or kayaks to hire.

Disco - if you must! La Concepte in the centre of Eguzon is open at weekends and some week-nights in high season. All ages welcome from 14 up.

Equestrianism - riding lessons, hacks and pony treks.

Farm Visits - learn how local delicacies are produced, including cheeses, honey, fruit, cider, conserves, snails, poultry and meat products.

Fishing - for the serious fisherman, holiday permits are available at modest cost for fly or bait fishing - trout, carp, pike, salmon, bream, dace, chub, gudgeon, barbel, perch, black bass, and zander. Night fishing expeditions can be arranged.

Flying - an unforgettable experience, sightseeing over the River Creuse and Lake Chambon at 1,000 feet or less. Or you can even take a trial lesson - just €70 per hour.

Gardens - apart from our own modest efforts, there is a well-established Arboretum and a large semi-formal country garden open to the public just ten minutes away.

Golf - the Creuse is not (yet!) a great golfing centre, but there are several courses within a reasonable distance, including the 18-hole championship course at La Châtre (Green Fees from just € 52).

House Hunting - yes, there are still bargains to be had if you know where to look. We'll be happy to talk over ideas with you, make introductions, or agree terms for off-season long lets.

Karaoke - in English/French on Wednesday nights at the Cottage Pub, 3 miles (5 km) from us. Be warned, we have set a high standard!

Motor-boats - various vessels ply the lake, including a "water-bus" which allows for a comfortable and relaxing tour, taking in all the sights along the shore."

Museums - Limoges for the porcelain of course, and Aubusson for rugs and tapestries, but you may be surprised to find a shirt museum at Argenton, an electricity museum at Bourganeuf, and a car museum at Valençay.

Ostrich Farm - a family-run concern, this nearby enterprise offers a unique opportunity to see - and taste - these extraordinary birds "up close and personal".

Roman Ruins - explore the fascinating museum set within the archaeological remains at Argentomagus.

Sailing - dinghies and life-jackets can be hired on-the-spot at the lake. Larger sail-boats (day-cruisers) and sailing lessons are also available by prior arrangement.

Tennis - at the outdoor sports centre at Eguzon

Walking - there are numerous well-marked nature trails through the woods and around the lake, including a strenuous 100 km challenge (which we haven't tried - yet!) You can also join themed and guided walks, especially during spring and autumn.

Water-skiing - lessons and tow-boat (with driver) for hire at the lake. If you prefer a little less active involvement, try the "Big Banana".

Windsurfing - boards and life-jackets can be hired on-the-spot at the lake. Lessons also available.

Plus: Of course, eating, drinking, sleeping, stargazing, and soaking up the relaxed local atmosphere!