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.

PLAY GARDEN with playhouse, trampoline,sandpit and slide, outdoor games are available, badminton, boules etc. Enclosed and suitable to let dog off lead.

FLOWER & VEGETABLE GARDENS with edible herbs and salad crops in season, a selectin of herbs are available outside the gite.

HIKING 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.

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