Self-catering gite with private pool

Things To Do

We have masses of leaflets and guidebooks in the cottage and our Guest Manual contains maps showing where you can get to within different driving distances from the house, ranging from 10 minutes to 2 hours away. Here is just a taster.

Les Canardeaux is within easy reach of 3 golf courses. The nearest is the small and friendly 9 hole course Les Sarrays. The grandest is at Les Dryades hotel complex in Pouligny Notre Dame and the most striking is the Val de l'Indre in the grounds of the ruined chateau of Villedieu.

The largest and most renowned market in the area is just 10 minutes away at Saint Aout. Every Tuesday morning you'll find half the department of the Indre there. (Go early if you don't want to park miles away.) There are stalls selling a wonderful array of plants, local cheeses, bread, croissants and the irresistable potato pastries as well as fresh fish, exotic clothes, cheap handbags and plenty of lifestock.

Another notable market is on Saturdays at La Chatre. Smaller than Saint Aout but set in a beautiful square in the town centre, it's worth a visit.

The covered market at Lignieres is also worth a visit. It takes place every Monday.

Black Donkeys of the Berry (see photos in the Gallery)
You can visit these beautiful donkeys and some handsome horses at the Donkey Centre or see them en masse at the Donkey Fair on 1 June 2009.


Le Relais d'Ambrault
Our local restaurant, just 3 minutes up the road, offers a help yourself hors d'oeuvre followed by main course, cheese and pudding.

Le Relais de la Foret, 4 Grande Rue, Bommiers
Tel 0254491022
Small, attractive restaurant with good, inexpensive weekday lunches as well as slightly dearer evening meals (You must book in advance for evening meals.) Clearly signposted at entrance to village.

Good for Sunday Lunches
*Restaurant de la Gare, Rue de la Gare, Ardentes
Tel 0254362024
On the road to Arthon through the centre of Ardentes and across the River Indre. Traditional restaurant with welcoming staff and excellent food.

Restaurant de l'Ecu, 1 rue Ch√Ęteau 36100 VOUILLON
Tel: 02 54 49 06 48
Near Ambrault, a pretty restaurant, which has a terrific atmosphere at Sunday lunchtime, when extended families arrive and are warmly welcomed by the owners.

For Special Occasions
La Cognette, 6 bd Stalingrad 36100 ISSOUDUN
Tel: 02 54 03 59 59
In the centre of Issoudun, this Michelin starred restaurant serves sophisticated meals based on the traditional ingredients of the region.
It has been in existence since at least 1823 when Balzac was a frequent visitor. See website.

*Auberge La Forge, Lys Saint Georges
Tel 0254308168
Highly regarded and popular restaurant in a beautiful village with moated castle. Situated on the main road. Food is based on regional specialities presented in a modern style.