Chénérailles

Between city and countryside, Chénérailles is one of the cities with character

Chénérailles, a historical crossroads

The suburbs of Chénérailles’ past coexist with the modernism of an active city in the heart of the Creuse. Ancient fortified city, the medieval district whose traces such as the remains of ramparts and a gate located near the convent are still visible today. The old district of Chénérailles develops around the church of Saint Barthélémy and seems to open like a chestnut leaf.
The bourgeois houses with their imposing beautiful facades have enabled this city to preserve its noble character. All you have to do is walk through the alleys, observe the heritage, sometimes discreetly hidden, to understand that it has been the site of many historical events. A few kilometres away, stands the imposing Villemonteix Castle. His elegance is matched only by the power he inspires in his approach. The atmosphere it creates commands respect and admiration. Its current owners have brought together period furniture, paintings, porcelain and a superb collection of tapestries from Aubusson, Felletin, Flanders and Gobelins to restore its majesty.

A town open to the countryside

Chénérailles also has a remarkable domain of forests managed for leisure. The 6 ha communal pond offers a beautiful beach on which summer visitors can put their towels.
A mini-golf for children and many hiking trails shaded by the forest delight walkers. The horse fair is an important event that has been going on for more than a century in the guesthouse of Chénérailles, which can accommodate up to 600 horses! Breeders and buyers, sometimes coming from very far away, meet there and negotiate with enthusiasm their purchases and sales.

A must see:

– Villemonteix Castle
– The church of Saint Barthélémy, its frescos and the tomb of Barthélémy

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