Located in the heart of France, Creuse is the perfect location for peace, tranquility and unspoilt nature.
Named after the Creuse River winding through the department and the rolling green hills of the Massif Central mountain range, Creuse is a beautiful department to explore.
As a traditionally rural and lightly populated area, with ancient and typical art de vivre, original stone architecture, no major urban center and many heritage site such as castles, abbeys and Celtic stone monuments: the Creuse department has become a Green tourism destination since the late 1990s.
An area rich in natural resources for hiking, mountain biking, trail running, cycling, and fishing.
The major tourist attractions are the tapestry museum in Aubusson and the many castles, notably those of Villemonteix, Boussac, and Banizette. The medieval bridge and monastery of Moutier-d’Ahun, the latter having exceptional wood carvings from the 17th century. (fr:Abbaye de Moutier-d’Ahun).
Guéret, the largest commune in Creuse, is also home to a large nearby animal park named Les Loups de Chabrières containing some of France’s few remaining wolves, held in semi-captivity.
Boussac is about 12 miles away from our French Bed & Breakfast in Ladapeyre. It is a small French village with Chateau Boussac a 12th century castle perched on a hill. The castle is privately owned but open to the public for visits with guided tours four times a day.
The pretty little French village of Moutier-d'Ahun nestles on the banks of the Creuse river with its medieval bridge and Romanesque church. Moutier-d'Ahun is situated in the Creuse, Limousin region (Now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region) and about 13 miles from our French Bed & Breakfast in Ladapeyre.
Located at the heart of the old province of Bourbonnais, the town of Montluçon has retained many traces of its medieval period. Its historical centre, as picturesque as you could wish for with its side streets dotted with old timber-framed houses, is dominated by the imposing form of the main building of the Castle of the Dukes of Bourbon.
The only Limousin pond of natural origin, this 100 hectare body of water, a national nature reserve, is home to more than 400 plant species and 600 animal species. Free activities are organized from April to November, to allow you to discover the history of the places and the species which inhabit it.
The bias of the Parc Animalier des Monts de Guéret was to give the wolf conditions favorable to its development by placing it in a natural environment, in semi-freedom. The Chabrières Forest also strongly contributes to the spirit of the site by offering a setting that is both wild and mysterious, conducive to a discovery of another time, another world.
The Giant Labyrinth of Guéret invites you to spend a pleasant time with family or friends on more than 6 hectares of greenery, in the heart of the Monts de Guéret. The site offers a multitude of activities for all, and an educational course for all levels (including school).
The Jaumâtres Stones at the top of Mont Barlot, are around forty huge blocks of granite which emerge and stand in an improbable balance. Place of sacrifice? Great altar of the druids? Uncertainty remains… The fact remains that the (classified) site was a popular place for a walk by George Sand and Chopin. And that it offers a panoramic view of Berry, Bourbonnais and the Boussac Valley.
In the 19th century, François Michaud , a stonecutter, sculpted everything that mattered to him in granite: characters, animals but also his convictions and his dreams. Discover an unusual work in a traditional hamlet!
The tapestry capital of Aubusson on the River Creuse has an important architectural heritage, the legacy of its rich past. A stroll through the town reveals unspoiled, picturesque narrow streets, large houses with turrets, period houses and fountains. Granite, an omnipresent material in the town's architecture, gives the place undeniable charm.
Bourganeuf is a beautiful medieval city dominated by the iconic Zizim tower. When you know that the city is labeled “Small City of Character”, you can easily imagine all this beautiful heritage to discover.
About 15 miles away from our French Bed & Breakfast, located between the forest of Chabrières and the city of Gueret, is Etang de Courtille, a lake of 22 hectaires, dedicated to many water sports and a beach with supervised swimming in July and August.