Welcome to The Old Coach House

There are lots of gites dotted around the French countryside. The Old Coach House is a little different. It’s a house and garden situated in the heart of a quiet, charming French village.

This is not the France of guidebooks. The Indre (département) is off the beaten track. It is an old fashioned rural France that will soon be gone.

Saint Benoit du Sault is a medieval village on the border of the Berry and Limousin, 300km south of Paris. It has been designated one of about 150 “Plus Beaux Villages de France”, an accolade that seeks to protect “the outstanding heritage of these exceptional villages”.

The Old Coach House allows one to participate in village life. Everything you need – from the butcher and the baker to post office and chemist – is a couple of minutes walk through the narrow, winding streets. The house is simple and fairly basic – there’s no swimming pool or dishwasher. But it is comfortable and relaxing. It sleeps six people in two bedrooms, an attic and a landing area.  There is a spare mattress for any extra arrivals. Outside a large sun terrace is where meals are taken during the summer months. Below that a small garden runs down towards the wall of the old cité.

Round about there are lovely walks, swimming lakes, attractive small towns, the Futuroscope theme park, churches, castles and rustic local restaurants.

The house is available to book by the week and for longer lets. Please browse the site for more information using the headings at the top of the page. For specific enquiries, email tomdecastella at iCloud dot com

Words copyright Tom de Castella. A Wordpress Thesis site with some help from Ben de Castella. Photos by Tom de Castella, Hubert de Castella, Ollie Overschoyle, Jamie Rollo and Steve Unsworth