Although actually in the
département of the Vienne
this is a must for visitors to Southern Touraine.
Its proximity just 10km from Barrou makes it easily
accessible. This charming medieval town is on the left bank of
Creuse ,you have now crossed into part
of a region that is well-deserving of a visit but
probably not high on the list of most tourists --
not because it doesn't have a lot to offer but
because it is rural, peaceful and not very well
known (this area featured in Sunday Times in 2008 as
'undiscovered jewel' ). It has a charming main
street, which you are led into through the town
is market day in the centre of town and it's well
worth a visit.
This area is also used for 'boules' and during the
summer months festivals in a variety of guises are held
There are a few
surprises you will find in this small town - a casino, a thermal
spa, a racecourse and more! The casino opened in the
year 2000 and draws many visitors from the surrounding
Then there is
Hippodrome de La
for those who enjoy horse racing. Beginning at
races are scheduled for certain days in June, July, August and
early September. Admission is EUR 6 for adults and is free
for those under the
age of 18.
Nearby is an 18-hole golf course which is
challenging in that you have a few tight fairways bordered by trees
but is also a relaxing 'walk' if played early on a summer's morning.
There is a
nearby riding school, fitness centre and, of course, the
river. There is a man-made beach and safe swimming.
this little town is full of surprises!
The village has gardens to explore:
duParc Thermal de La Roche-Posay.
These gardens are made up of different focal points with yew tree
hedges and ornamental lakes. There is an English garden at the
Pavillon Rose, the Thermal Spring, the
Checkers and ChessPlaza
and the health terrace. It is open all the year round and there is
no admission charge. There is also the
private Les Loges
(Rooms of the Park) hotel garden which is divided in thematic
"rooms": the WhiteGarden,
the Walking place Garden, the Peonies Garden (42 species) and the
Rose garden. Along the natural brook there are many remarkable
species of trees and shrubs.
Guided tour Thursday at
from May to September (information near the office of tourism)
Internet access is also available from the office.