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Loire Gite Holidays – Indre

  • Chateau Valencay  Photo:  Jean-Christophe BENOIST

    Chateau Valencay Photo: Jean-Christophe BENOIST

Coat of arms for Indre, Loire Valley, France
Named after the tributary of the Loire that runs through it, the department of Indre is a place to take a gite holiday in order to escape hectic everyday life.  In Indre you can relax in the Brenne Regional Park.  The park, covered with forest and dotted with lakes makes for great walking, cycling and fishing.
The area is dotted with Chateaux and interesting villages to explore, but without perhaps the fame or crowds of the attractions nearer the Loire itself.
Château de Valençay is a residence of the d’Estampes and is similar to many of the Renaissance Chateaux nearer the River Loire.  Many say it resembles a miniature Chambord.  Azay-le-Ferron Castle is set in the heart of the regional park and dating from 1250 it has a wealth of fifteenth and eighteenth century architecture.  The luxuriously furnished rooms include a medieval hall, bedrooms and kitchen.  The parks and woods of Azay-le-Ferron are a great place for a walk or to take a picnic.
Indre has two villages classified among the most beautiful villages of France, which are Saint-Benoît-du-Sault and Gargilesse-Dampierre.
Chateauroux is the major town of Indre and the old town, close to the river, forms a nucleus around which a newer and more extensive quarter, bordered by boulevards, has grown up.  The castle, from which the city takes its name, was built in the latter part of the 10th century and the present Château Raoul, which houses government buildings, dates from the 15th century.