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Towns & villages: Boussac
10 minutes drive from the house , just over the border in the Creuse, is
the historic market town of Boussac with it's imposing château. You'll probably
want to to most of your grocery shopping there during your stay.
How to find it:
Motorway A71 from the north (Paris, Bourges) or south (Clermont-Ferrand).
Take exit 10 to the N145, direction Montluçon.
Exit to D916 direction Domerat, Huriel, Chateaumeillant.
Follow D916 through Domerat, Huriel, Treignat, Leyrat,
(not the same as Boussac).
From the house, you can wind through the back lanes and get to Boussac in a bit under 10 minutes, but it's a convoluted route and easy to get lost until you
know the lanes. Your best bet, really, is to head back to Préveranges (4 km) and follow the signs to Boussac.
That route is about 15 minutes.
Shopping & Services
Supermarket Casino with petrol station (direction Montluçon)
Supermarket Atac with petrol station (direction Guéret)
Boulangerie & Patisserie - one on the main square,
another approximately 1 block, direction Guéret)
Boucherie - rue des Loges just off the village square
behind the Hôtel de Ville.
Pharmacies - on the village square, and direction Montluçon.
General hardware store "Weldom"- about .5 km from the main square,
Laundry & Cleaning- "Mom's" on the village square
Bar Tabac on the village square
Office de Tourisime on the village square
Market on Thursdays in the square
Restaurant de la Place on the main village
square. Simple, small-town atmosphere, palatable home-style cuisine. Five-course
menu varies daily (about 10 euros). Open year-round, usually open holidays.
Central Hotel just off the main village square. Daily menus and à
la carte. Pleasant atmosphere, classic and regional cuisine. Closed
off season and some holidays.
L'Origan Pizzeria & Restaurant at the edge of town, direction Montluçon. Features pizzas, salads, and pastas. À la carte,
and daily menu 10 euros. Open year-round. Closes some holidays.
Points of interest
Château de Boussac dates from the 15th
century and was once the temporary residence of George Sand, whose apartment
is preserved. Guided tours daily year round. Look for signs in the village
square or ask anyone.
Museé Rural de Boussac provides a look
at the history of rural life and agriculture in the area. Museum open daily
in summer, reduced schedule in the off season. Just across from the Casino
Village park, located just before the entrance to the château.
Lovely view of the Petite Creuse valley, children's playground, picnic tables
under the oaks.