LA CHATRE, INDRE (36) - CENTRE, LOIRE VALLEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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La Châtre is a medieval town that is simple lovely. The approaches are a little bit industrial (which seems to be the case for most sizeable towns these days), but the town centre itself is everything you would expect from a traditional French town, offering superb shops, restaurants and cafés.

The weekly market is held on Saturday mornings. You can enhance the experience with a visit to the Café du Commerce situated in the corner of the market square – particularly during warm weather when the tables are set out on the pavement - and watch the world go by over a cup of coffee or a kir (a speciality of the region is kir berrichone – that’s crème du cassis with red wine – and very tasty too!). In winter, indulge in a cup of Chocolat Chaud.

TOWN MAP - INDRE (36)

LA CHATRE - OVERVIEW

Market Day: Saturday till Noon

Supermarkets: 5 (Champion in town centre, plus SuperU, Intermarché, Lidl and Netto)

Leisure Facilities: Swimming pool complex

Museums

Theatre

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Marché de Noel

24th December

 

 

 
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS  

 

SARZAY TRANZAULT
Sarzay Castle: 7Km west of La Chatre

The Chateau of Sazay was built in the 14th Century as a fortress against the English during the Hundred Year's War and it survived this period intact. The novel "Meunier d'Angibault" (George sand) was inspired by the Chateau of Sarzay.

Although the chateau survived all the conflicts of history, time did take its toll and the building fell into disrepair. The locals used much of the stone from the protecting walls for their own purposes. The moat was used as a "rubbish tip" and the main buildings began to crumble.

It was after the sale of the chateau was advertised that a young man from Paris decided to take his family to take a look.

The property had been declined by heritage organisations and when he saw it, he knew he must have it. But this was a man of little means - he worked for the electricity board and had a family to support. But, by hook and by crook the family achieved their mission and over the last 30 years they have painstakingly and lovingly restored the property to become what is now one of France's most visited historic monuments.

The annual pumpkin fair of Tranzault (west of La Chatre) is held the second Sunday of October.

If you are in the area during this time, it really is worth a visit. Thousands of visitors turn up each year on this one day to find the village of Trazault closed to traffic and open to Pumkins and Gourds of every possible variety. There are hundreds of exhibits, plus there is live entertainment and demonstrations throughout the day. It always seems to be hot and sunny for this annual pumpkin fair even though it is October.

See the photo library for pictures.

NOHANT

 

Nohant-Vic 10km north of La Chatre.

The château at Nohant was the home of the famous authoress George Sand (Amandine Aurore Dupin) and was regularly visited by a number of famous people including Chopin, Delacroix, Liszt and Balzac. The house contains the precious mementoes that evoke the life and times of this famous Berry woman who made a lasting impression on this region.

The gardens are free to enter. There is a charge for visiting the house interior.

Just outside the property is a charming church which featured in the film “Jour de Fete” (Jacques Tati – 1947)

In the immediate vicinity there is a good Office de Tourisme where there are regular art exhibitions and a gift shop and there is also a good restaurant.
 

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