Château Igny

La Perche, Cher
Bed & Breakfast


Swim with frogs in the freshwater pool, breakfast in the sunshine, play boules by moonlight. Châteaux don't get much more rural

Bedroom

6 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2 – 5

Pets welcome

The Experience

Kerry’s generous breakfast in the sunny conservatory will set you up for the day – there’s yogurt, muesli, cheese, fruit and pastries. Explore the 23 hectares, walk the pilgrim’s path, roam through ancient châteaux or simply laze the day away by the freshwater pool.

Stroll 5 minutes into the village for an apéritif at the bar in La Perche followed by dinner in the garden if it’s sunny – 3 courses made with Kerry’s homegrown herbs and veg and her delicious cheesecake. Walk 20 minutes to L’Etoile d’Urçay if you fancy dining out.

Head to the Forest of Tronçais (a 10-minute drive) for some of the purest air in Europe and 10,000 hectares of woodland. Come evening, curl-up in Igny’s cosy beds with windows wide open to be serenaded by a chorus of owls and frogs.

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We think you'll love

  • Swimming in the freshwater pool, filtered by plants, with frogs doing lengths with you
  • Driving the empty country roads through unspoilt farmland
  • The complete rural tranquillity
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You should know

  • No children under five
  • You share the pool and garden with other B&B and gite guests
  • The outbuildings and grounds are still being renovated

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Flexible
Check out
Flexible
Booking restrictions
Children over 5 welcome. Pets by arrangement.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Dinner with wine, €30.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £90
1 Family room for 5
From £135
2 Family rooms for 4
From £135
3 Doubles
From £90

Accommodation

Reviews

We swam with frogs, played boules until midnight to burn off double helpings of Kerry's delicious home-made cheesecake and slept like babes in her ultra-comfortable beds, serenaded by owls through the open windows.

Peter, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

The château is up on a hillside bordering the deep valley of the Creuse, making it the perfect base to discover this virtually tourist-free area. Sleepy nearby villages hold weekly markets and Brocante stalls on most Sundays in summer. The village of Meaulne is a 15-minute drive - visit the authentically renovated school-house where Alain Fournier wrote his masterpiece. In winter follow the Forest of Tronçais' hunt with its fanfares of horns and 18C dress (10km).

Local points of interest from Kerry O Donoghue

  • Ainay le chateau - a rare survivor of the 100 year war against the English, this chateau has been in the hands of one family since 1497. The family is the Colbert family (once finance minister to Louis X1V) and offers a fascinating story.
  • Foret Troncais. The largest oak forest in Europe, offers wonderful walks or bike rides - a true nature experience and usually you have the forest for yourself. In Autumn there are special tours to hear and hopefully see the rutting deer.
  • Herrison is a medieval village with a ruin of a Bourbon castle. Fom the castle ruin you have a wonderful view of steep medieval rooves looking over the winding river. The annual brocante is not to be missed
  • Abbaye de Noirlac - a wonderfully romantic cistercian abbey on the banks of the river Cher. Full of history and offering many concerts, the abbey should not be missed.
  • Brocantes of all shapes and sizes, not to be missed are Charenton, Herisson and Azay le chateau.
  • Chateau Meillant, a magnificent, gothic chateau, sumptiously decorated and full of surprises

Introducing

Kerry O Donoghue

Kerry and Marcus - she Northern Irish, he German - lived in Germany for 30 years and travelled over the world before settling in La France Profonde in early 2019. Marcus previously owned a well-known restaurant in Germany for many years which welcomed some famous faces, and Kerry used to work in advertising for the New York Times and the FT - the numerous black and white blow-ups of stars attending Paris fashion shows that hang on the walls show memories of her career. They'll welcome you with their two dogs, two cats and two horses.