Indre, France

Indre holiday houses and apartments to rent in France

Indre is a department in the centre of France named after the river Indre. The department is part of the current region of Centre (Val de Loire). With neighbour Cher it formed part of the historical Berry region of France. The Brenne National Regional Park in the Indre has more than a thousand small lakes, and extensive marshland regions, as well as extensive open areas and forested regions. Stay in an Indre holiday rental house or apartment and you may be tempted to spend time in two of its villages classified among the most beautiful villages of France: Saint-Benoît-du-Sault and Gargilesse-Dampierre.

Châteauroux is the capital of the Indre department and the second-largest town in the province of Berry, after Bourges. Châteauroux lies on the Indre River and is situated on the edge of the government-owned Châteauroux forest and the Brenne national park. The city boasts 450 hectares of parks, amounting to 52 m² for each resident! Chateauroux’s old town is situated close to the river. The castle from which the city takes its name was built in the latter part of the 10th century.

Le Blanc is the main city of closest to the Brenne National Regional Park and is located on the banks of the Creuse River. If you enjoy nature then rent a holiday home in the Indre to take in the delights of this impressive area of natural beauty!

Saint-Benoît-du-Sault is a medieval village, perched in a curve on a rocky butte overlooking the Portefeuille River in the former province of Berry. In 1988, it was named one of "the most beautiful villages of France." Its maze of narrow cobbled streets are a must to explore, and makes Saint-Benoît-du-Sault a beautiful medieval town to pass time in when you holiday in Indre.

Gargilesse-Dampierre is a commune in the Indre department in central France, it is also classified as one of "the most beautiful villages of France" and is to be found perched near the confluence of the Gargilesse stream and the river Creuse - well worth visiting when taking a holiday rental in Indre, France. The famous 19th century writer George Sand also lived in the village.

Travelling to your Indre self catering rental property, France

By train: The Gare de Châteauroux railway station offers direct and regular connections to Paris, Orleans, Limoges, Toulouse and several regional destinations. By Road: The A20 motorway connects Châteauroux with Vierzon, Brive-la-Gaillarde and Toulouse. Chateauroux is 250 km south of Paris and 142 km south of Orléans. By air: Limoges, Poitiers and Tours are airports which are close to this department.  They all operate Ryanair flights from London Stansted throughout the year. Check for season additions.