Teasel Cottage is a delightful little gîte on a working smallholding, ideal for lovers of peace and tranquillity. We were welcomed with a basket of Julie's fresh goat's cheese, bread, eggs and a bottle of organic wine - very useful as we arrived late on a Saturday. There is a comfortable kitchen/living room, large bedroom with spacious en-suite and a sitting area behind the gîte. We were also able to use their laundry facilities - handy as we'd been travelling for almost a week before arriving. There a lots of animals around; goats, sheep, chickens (and cockerel), cats and a dog - plenty going on! are a couple of good supermarkets at Boussac (15 miles) which are open all day till the evening and Sunday mornings, also with 24-hour petrol stations attached.
The area is typically quiet for that part of France, but there was a music festival at the time and we were treated to a lovely concert in the church of Nouzerines (5 miles) performed by a family of 5 children aged from 6-11 years. In Tercillat we found a cafe/restaurant owned by an English family which had only opened a couple of weeks before (Snack de Jack - open from 10am-6pm Tues-Sat and 11am-5pm Sundays ), serving mainly British fare (including a cream tea, which was a bit of a treat after a long walk in the 30+ degree heat on one of the days) handy, as most small bars and cafes in France are closed in the afternoons.
We visited Toulx-Sainte-Crois with its amazing tower with 360 degree views over the countryside - you can see for miles! Nearby are the Pierres de Jaumâtres, strange and enormous rocks perched atop a hill - with cafe/restaurant (and loos!) by the car park.
We ventured further afield to the Creuse valley as recommended by Julie, visiting Gargilesse-Dampierre, one of the prettiest towns in France (avoid the public loos - go to the bar and use theirs!) After that we had our picnic lunch by the Lac d'Éguzon, a lake created by a dam with water-sports available in the summer. In June it was relatively peaceful and the nearby town of Éguzon looks like it has lots of facilities and shops. We moved on to Crozant to see the ruined castle which you can pay to visit, but we drove on to park in the village to view it from above.
One day we went all the way to Aubigny-sur-Nère and Brouges - well worth a visit if you can.
Julie and Peter were lovely hosts and have done amazing things on their little farm using recycled materials and their own labour - we wish them all the best :-)