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The most tranquil gite we have ever stayed in. Very well equipped and the rooms are cool on the hottest days. This is not a tourist area but has many beautiful gardens, chateaux and churches which have very few visitors. We were particularly impressed by the gardens at Apremont-sur-Allier, Valencay chateau which had a very interesting audio guide on the life of Talleyrand and the frescoes at Brinay, but we found somewhere different to visit every day.
Our hosts, the Lombards, were charming and we wished we had more French to exploit M. Lombard's knowledge of nature. Listen out for the golden orioles which you are unlikely to see or watch the deer and hear the carp splashing.