The Barn at Vijon & things to do and see in the area

Base Nature Aventure du Lac de Sidiailles

Sidiailles is a mere 20 minutes away and offers a great day of adventure for all the family. ZipWire across the lake, Watersports, Swimming, Hiking and Climbing. There is also a waterside café during the summer serving sandwiches, croque-monsieur, paninis, pancakes, waffles, ice cream ... or simply, refresh yourself comfortably with a drink on the terrace.

Jour de fête

Jour de fête is the film shot by Jacques Tati in and around the surrounding area. See where the film was made, visit the locations and spend some time in the exhibition centre at Maison Jour de fête in nearby Sainte Severe Sur Indre. We even have a copy of the film for you to watch!

Domaine de George Sand, under the notes of Chopin

On the first floor of his house in Nohant, two padded doors let in a few musical notes ... George Sand works in the house while Chopin writes the most beautiful musical pages of his work. Enter the romantic world of the female writer and discover a less known facet of her busy life: her very close relationship with virtuoso pianists, like Frédéric Chopin who spent seven summers at Nohant and wrote most of his work there. Nohant is 30 minutes from Vijon.

Berry Province

"My countryside has style", a series of video images of the Berry Province taken by a drone. An absolutely magical show and a unique look at the Berry Province!

Discover Châteauroux and Val de l'Indre

Although you might be stunned by the city’s modern architecture, you can also stroll back in time through the medieval streets of the old town all the way to Chateau Raoul. With this unexpected wealth of heritage, Chateauroux continues to take visitors by surprise all the way down to the banks of the river Indre where an abundance of parks and gardens delight and entice visitors to linger. 

Bourges Cathedral (Unesco World Heritage site)

90 minutes from here and you will arrive at Bourges, the third largest city in the Centre Region. Most people visit Bourges for its cathedral - one of the great Gothic buildings in France. There's far more to Bourges than just the Cathedral though - lovely old buildings surround the cathedral and there are many very good restaurants.

Château de Valençay

Like a journey back in time: its richly decorated interiors project us into the splendor of the homes of yesteryear. The property of the great diplomat Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand shows all the art of living in the nineteenth century, which still dazzles today. Enjoy its remarkable collections, the majestic park which extends on 53 hectares and its adorable 1st Empire style theater. Approx 100 km from the Gite.

Montluçon, medieval city

Located at the heart of the old province of Bourbonnais, the town of Montlucon 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

Explore the Creuse

The Barn at Vijon is located right on the border between the south of the Indre and the north of the Creuse. What to see? This video shows you the many places of interest to visit all within about an hour. 

Valley of the Painters between Berry/Limousin

Claude Monet, Armand Guillaumin, Francis Picabia, amongst others, immortalised the landscapes of the confluence of the two Creuse Rivers, the banks of the Sédelle River, the ruins of Crozant, the light, the rocks and the heather of this Valley through their Impressionist paintings. Hundreds of artists set up their easels in the heart of this unspoilt and wild nature on the steep paths of this valley.



I hesitate to put this video on because of the subject. However it cannot and should not be ignored. On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Nazi-occupied France was destroyed, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built nearby after the war, but French President Charles De Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum. Oradour-sur-Glane is 1hr 50 mins away.

Les Pierres Jaumâtres in La Creuse


Rising 602m above sea level close to the picturesque village of Toulx-Sainte-Croix in the Creuse sits Mont Barlot and at its top lie the mysterious rock formations of the Pierres Jaumâtres. The area is one of outstanding natural beauty and the summit offers stunning views across the Creuse, the rocks are steeped in legend with tales of an ancient lost city, buried treasure and fairies.

Aubusson in Limousin, Capital of Tapestry

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. In 2009 Aubusson Tapestry was listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Just a 1 hour drive.

Le Lac de Vassiviere

A man-made lake covering almost 10 square kilometres, Vassiviere was created in 1950 when a dam was constructed and it is now the largest lake in the Limousin region and one of the largest artificial lakes in France. As well as the beaches, popular activities on Vassiviere include boating, wind-surfing, fishing, canoeing and pedalos among others. There are Cafes and Restaurants as well as lunch/dinner cruises around the lake. Vassiviere is a drive of just under 100 km.