In Les Monts de Guéret, the pleasures are multiple: the riches are varied, the curiosities are numerous and the unusual often there. Our strength, lies in the complementarity of our sites whose originality will enchant your visits…
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Guéret in its setting deserves a detour… Prefecture city, chief town of the department, place of powers, it has beautiful architectural treasures such as the hotel of Moneyroux (15th-16th century), the presidial (17th century) or its city hall (1935) all in blue granite … A granite exploited in the heart of the forest of Chabrières, from the late 19th century with intense activity during the 1930s.
Town of recognized artists with the writer Marcel Jouhandeau who will give it the name of Chaminadour, title also of one of his books, or Fernand Maillaud, painter, illustrator and sculptor who set up his studio in Guéret around 1920. A visit to the musée de Guéret is a must, as is a stroll through the Jardin Ferdinand Villard with its remarkable species.
Overlooking the city of Guéret, wedged between the valleys of the Creuse and Gartempe rivers, the Chabrières forest massif is a much-appreciated place for relaxation. This barrier of hills with a mid-mountain feel, is home to historical sites such as the oppidum of Puy de Gaudy (651 m) and its surroundings, Le Maupuy (686 m) marked by the more recent history of the carrières du Maupuy from where tons of granite cut into paving stones or curbs left for large French cities… In the heart of the forest, the pierres à légendes de Chabrières are numerous and often very enigmatic.
In the Gartempe and Creuse valleys, the rural heritage is very well preserved. The landscapes shaped by agricultural activity, the villages and hamlets, are well visible. Dry stone walls, fountains , wash houses, paths and landscapes… This small heritage, rarely classified or protected is preserved here.