Surroundings and Places of Interest


Langy is 20k from the elegant spa city of Vichy with its parks, sporting facilities, restaurants, casino, cinemas, concerts, shops and opportunity to take the waters. It has a stunning new aquatique stadium with indoor and outdoor pools, including a warm pool with massage jets and a flume. Vichy is regarded as the sporting capital of France and the Centre Omnisports offers every conceivable kind of sporting activity. Membership may be taken out for a one to three week period.

The village of St Gerand le Puy (2k) has basic shopping, several cafes and a tennis court.

The nearest town is Varennes Sur Allier (8k). It has a market on Tuesday mornings, shopping including supermarkets and petrol, and a very pleasant open air swimming pool. There are 3 pools, two of which are suitable for young children, and they are surrounded by a grassed area with a small snack bar.

There are more than fifty chateaux in the Auvergne, of which 2 are very close to Langy - Billy (8k) and Lapalisse (10k). Both have the remains of old chateaux which can be visited.

There is a wine growing region centred on the town of St Pourcain Sur Sioule (12k) with many of the local vineyards offering opportunities for wine tasting.

The historic town of Moulins dates back to at least the year 990. The cathedral Notre Dame and the town are well worth visiting.

The Arboretum de Balaine at Villeneuve sur Allier, just north of Moulins, is a beautiful botanic park modelled on the English style.

Charroux is a medieval village classified among the most beautiful villages in France, and is also famous for its mustard.

The beautiful Parc des Volcans (Volcano Regional Park) is only an hour's drive away. Vulcania the Volcano theme park is 15k from Clermont Ferrand.

Clermont Ferrand is the capital of the Auvergne and one of the oldest cities in France.

The French motor racing circuit at Magny Cours is about an hour’s drive away.


Golf - There are golf courses at Sporting Club Vichy, Golf de la Foret de Montpensier at Serbannes near Vichy, Toulon Sur Allier (near Moulins) and at Briailles near St Pourcain.

Walking / cycling - There are delightful places for walking and cycling in the immediate vicinity of the house. Slightly further afield, there are plenty of places for walking in the Bourbonnais mountains, the Foret de Troncais or further south in the Massif Central. There is a book of walks in the house, plus a great deal of other information on the area.

Brocante - Bric a brac fairs take place every weekend in the Allier, and are a great place for browsing and finding a bargain.

Parachuting - The airfield at Perigny-Lapalisse (10k) offers parachuting courses.

Canoeing - Canoeing courses may be taken at St Germain des Fosses (12k).

Fishing - There is fishing in the Allier river.

Tourist Information

There is a folder of tourist information plus many brochures and leaflets in the house.

There are helpful tourist offices at Vichy, Varennes and Billy.

The daily paper 'La Montagne' and weekly 'La Semaine De L'Allier' contain articles and listings about local events.

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