After Saint-Benoît-du-Sault, follow the road through the gorges to Chaillac and the Vallée de l’Anglin. Hidden from view, the Moulin de Seillant is an enchanting place and an emblematic part of the local natural and architectural heritage. Nature classes are run there all year round in the pretty, restored mill. A farm in the village of Chaillac houses the very modern Musée de la Minéralogie which has a collection of minerals, unique in the region, including exceptionally fine specimens of barite and fluorite from the village. Now for a change of scene with the Château Guillaume in Lignac, an imposing, majestic castle surrounded by greenery and imbued with calm and serenity, which has been watching over the village and the valley for centuries. The castle was founded by Guillaume X, Comte du Poitou, Duke of Aquitaine and father of Eleanor who was born here. Don’t forget to look at the beautifully preserved hamlet next to it, especially the houses with steps grouped around the little Romanesque church.
There is a 1.7km discovery trail around the village and castle. At another village, Bélâbre, hire a canoe form the Office de Tourisme and paddle up the River Anglin to admire the Château de Forges at Concremiers and the feudal Château d’Ingrandes. On the other side of Saint-Benoît-du-Sault there is yet another valley ! The Creuse Valley attracted artists like the Romantic writer George Sand, the poet Maurice Rollinat and also painters from the « Ecole de Crozant-Gargilesse et de Fresselines », among them, Claude Monet.
The valley begins at Argenton-sur-Creuse, nicknamed « La Venise Verte du Berry (Leafy Venice of Berry) », which succeeded the Gallo-Roman town of Argentomagus. You are sure to love the artists’ village of Gargilesse-Dampierre, one of the « Loveliest Villages in France » and the ruins of the Château de Crozant. Have fun on the water at Lac d’Eguzon with its many beaches and water sports facilities and enjoy the hundreds of kilometres of footpaths around the lake leading to amazing viewpoints like « La Boucle du Pin » and « Le Rocher des Fileuses ». Food-wise, make sure you try ‘pâté Berrichon’ an emblematic dish of the Berry province and delicious served hot or cold with salad !
« The footpath at Moulin de Seillant is great fun for children who can jump from stone to stone » says Maud propriétaire, owner of Albizia gite at Prissac.
How to get here. By road : under 3 hours from Paris via A20 Paris-Toulouse autoroute (toll-free in the Indre département). By train to Argenton sur Creuse or La Souterraine (both 20 minutes away). By air to Limoges (south) or Châteauroux (north), both under an hour away."