Our Bed & Breakfast is situated in the centre of France, ideally situated for those travellers who need a break on their way to the north, south, east or west of France, or for those of you who would like to spend a little more time with us to discover the Berry.
It's a 2 hour trip from Paris.Take the A10 and then the A71 motorway towards Bourges. Leave the motorway at the exit N° 6 at Vierzon then follow the signs to Mehun-sur-Yèvre.By train it's only 2 hours from Paris Austerlitz station to Vierzon Station and we can meet you there.
MEHUN SUR YEVRE
When in Mehun take an hour or so to stroll around the ruins of the majestic chateau of Charles VII, the Notre-Dame church, the old clock tower, the ramparts, the old houses of the historical town of Mehun-sur-Yevre - where Joan of Arc once dwelled.
The old clock tower - entrance to the old town
The ruins of Charles VII castle
Our town has a long tradition of porcelaine manfacture. Its history can be traced by visiting the Porcelain musem in the Duke Berry Park. Many of the small workshops have disappeared over time but the main surviving company, Pillivuyt is world famous. Founded by Charles Pillivuyt in 1818 in the heart of Mehun-sur-Yevre, master porcelain crafsmen produce tableware and decorative objects of outstanding quality and beauty, highly valued throughout the culinary world. It holds its position as one of the oldest, most prestigious brands of French porcelain. A visit to this company is a must.
Throughout its history BOURGES has maintained a rich heritage. The cathedral of Saint Etienne, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Jacques Coeur palace, mansions and hundreds of half-timbered houses have afforded the city the prized label of "city of art and history". Every night in the summer at sundown you can enjoy the historical sights of the city by attending a free "son et lumière" show. Guided by a blue halo of lanterns, stroll pass the city walls, the Cathedral, the Hotel Lallemant, the Jacques Coeur Palace, Hotel des Echevins .....
A leading landmark in the world of Gothic art, the Cathedral Saint-Étienne of Bourges is unique in its architectural conception.Classified as a World Heritage Monument of UNESCO, the cathedral marks the birth of Gothic art in France
There are over 400 half timbered houses in the old city of Bourges. Their construction dates from the 15th to the 16th centuy
Esteve Art Museum
Following the architectural theme used for the Palace of Jacques Cœur, the staircase tower is elaborately decorated and bears false windows framing statues of guards...
Here is a fine example of the early French Renaissance, begun in 1490 with additions in 1515-1518. The extraordinary sculpted façades were inspired by italian antiquity. Now home to the city's Decorative Arts Museum, this building houses collections of 16th, 17th and 18th century paintings and furnishings
Only ten minutes from the Old Town, the water meadows offer a breath of fresh air and a great place to stroll. The labyrinth of 1000 gardens and meandering streams continues to surprise visitors with its quaint and quiet charm...
Jacques Coeur Palace
Born in 1400 into a family of merchants, Jacques Cœur quickly climbed the social ladder to become one of the most influential men of his time. Treasurer of King Charles VII, and head of a vast commercial empire in the Mediterranean, Jacques Cœur decided to begin the construction of his « Grand Maison » on the old Roman wall of his native town in 1441....
What to do in our region?
What about wine tasting.....
THE WINES OF QUINCY (5 kms from Mehun)
The Quincy vineyards, to the north-west of Bourges, are located on the banks of the river Cher and covers 224 hectares.The vines grow on an ancient, gently rolling terrace of the Cher composed of sand and gravel.The local climate is relatively warm and dry.
THE WINES OF REUILLY (15 kms)
Situated in the heart of the Berry, the Reuilly vineyards stretch over 186 hectares from the banks of the river Arnon to the river Cher.The vines are cultvated along moderately steep chalky-marly slopes and on high sandy-gravelly terraces.
THE WINES OF MENETOU SALON ( 30 kms)
This vineyards covers 465 hectares of hills and are planted on sedimentary limestone soils dating back to the upper Jurassic period.
THE WINES OF SANCERRE (60 kms )
Located along the banks of the river Loire, to the east of Bourges, the Sancerre vineyards stretch over 2,770 hectares.
...and others : Chateaumeillant, Pouilly Fumé, Coteaux du Gennoise
And why not taste a few local cheeses with your wine..
Perhaps a little history....
Discover the historical wealth of the region by visiting the Chateaux on the "Route Jaques Coeur"
Have a look at this site to find out more .....
The Route Jacques Cœur was created in 1954, inspired by the owners of three Châteaux: Culan, Ainay-le-Vieil and Meillant. Originally entitled the "Heart of France Châteaux Route", the oldest Historic Route in France offered visits and tours as well as night-time events and illuminations at these historic sites, setting the style for the future. Over the last 56 years the Jacques Cœur Route has continued to develop and innovate and offers a marvellous visitor experience. Half a century after its inception, its membership has multiplied and the Route now includes 16 historic sites.
Discover the wealth of Roman Churches by following the:
Saint-martin Abbey - Plaimpied-Givaudins
Why not visit a museum ....
-Porcelain museum Mehun-sur-Yevre
-Deshouliers Porcelain museum in Foecy
-The Laumonire steam engine museum in Viezon
-The museum of witchcraft
The museums of Bourges
-The museum of Decorative Arts at the Hôtel Lallamant
-The Berry museum at the Hôtel Cujas
-The Estève museum of Modern Art
-The musem of the most Skilled Craftsmen in France
-The museum of Natural History
-The museum of the Resistance and Deportation
Have a picnic in a park
There are sports and leisure activities to suit everyone
-Golf at Bourges and Vierzon
and a lot more
The gardens at Apremont
Go for a long walk in the beautiful Sologne Forest
The Bourges Music Festival - Printemps de Bourges
The Printemps de Bourges is an annual music festival that is held in Bourges, France, over the course of five days. It is now a major event in France and Europe.The festival was created in 1977. With its span of 35 years, its history reflects musical trends and evolution over time. Every springtime, thousands of spectators come from all parts of France and foreign countries to see an eclectic variety of concerts. The festival encompasses some 60 shows, with over 200 artists on 13 stages within a week; these shows represent diverse genres, and both well-known artists and young musical talents. The ever-growing public is composed primarily of young people (91% are under 35), and over 200,000 people attend the festival each year. Music professionals (over 600 each year) are present to recruit new talents. The festival also attracts media professionals (press, TV, radio), numbering over 500 each year. A parallel festival is hosted in the city, called Les Découvertes du Printemps de Bourges; its aim is to showcase the talents of new artists. Many bars and restaurants also host a multitude of gigs through a partnership with le Printemps de Bourges