Welcome to The Old Coach House

Have you ever wanted to experience life in a traditional French village?

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. A place to appreciate the pleasures of village life and explore the surrounding countryside.

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” at a time when the the traditions of the French countryside are under threat.

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. And as of 2014 there is a good restaurant in the village. The house itself is simple and fairly basic – there’s no swimming pool, dishwasher or television. But it is comfortable and relaxing. It sleeps up to nine people in two bedrooms, an attic and a landing area. 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 Old Coach House is available to book by the week and outside high season for long lets. Please browse the site for more information using the headings at the top of the page. For specific enquiries, email tomdecastella@yahoo.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