Villages de la forêt - Office de Tourisme Nançay-Sologne

Come to discover 5 exceptional villages:
Nançay, Neuvy-sur-Barangeon, Vouzeron, Saint-Laurent et Vignoux-sur-Barangeon

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The Woodland Villages

The federated municipalities of The Woodland Villages is composed of the five most exceptional towns in Sologne: Nançay, Neuvy-sur-Barangeon, Vouzeron, Saint-Laurent and Vignoux-sur-Barangeon, located in the department of the Cher next to the Loiret and the Loir-et-Cher.

A  stone's throw from the major French arteries and only an hour and a half from Paris, this area is a haven of peace and enchantment.

There is an astonishing mixture of art, literature, science, nature sports and French savoir-faire here, along with a delectable assortment of local specialties yours for the asking.

The Woodland Villages have quality accommodations and restaurants for every purse and palate; upon your arrival, the Office of Tourism of Nançay will be happy to make your stay an unforgettable one. 

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Nançay

Nançay

Situated two hundred kilometers from Paris between Orléans and Bourges, the village of Nançay tucked around its castle is the second largest town of the department in surface area(10 630ha).

Its 927 inhabitants are dynamic and passionately attached to their town, giving it a certain undefinable flair, a soul of its own.  

The village of Nançay in the heart of  Sologne has now become synonymous with radio astronomy, since the installation of the second largest radio telescope in Europe.

The author of the celebrated Grand Meaulnes, Alain Fournier, said in a letter to his friend  Jacques Rivière : “ Nançay is another country, a dream land I come to every year for hunting …”

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Neuvy-sur-Barangeon

Neuvy-sur-Barangeon

At the crossroads of  Bourges, Orléans, Tours, Vierzon and Auxerre, this town is a stopover must for its crafts and shops, and for its multitude of natural attractions: heaths and wooded areas, three huge fishing ponds, la Tourbière de la Guette with its carnivorous plants,and the first class Barangeon river, with its ancient mill and wash-house.  An extensive network of hiking trails will enable you to easily discover this fascinating part of Sologne. 

As you stroll through the village, in front of the church you will come upon a sculpture in honor of the internationally distinguished song writer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), known for his operatic opus, Saint Francis of Assisi.

Each year from October to June the municipality proposes a season of top-notch cultural events. The program is available at the Town Hall and the Tourist Office.

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Vouzeron

Vouzeron

Known as Voseronico in the year 843, three centuries later the town acquired the name of Vozerone. In 1883, Baron Roger built the present church and his castle,“ La Triboulette”.

During his time stag hunting became popular in the area, and kennels were founded along the road to Bourges; industry arrived in the form of brickyards and the tile factory of le Moulin Chartier. 

The town of Vouzeron has a surface area of  5263 ha, 3000 of which is a  state forest.    Its 563 inhabitants enjoy numerous shops and services, including the restaurant “Auberge du Feuillage”, a grocery store, the “l'Orée du Bois” nightclub, and the “Sables” dog kennel.  

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Saint-Laurent

Saint-Laurent

Saint-Laurent boasts 422 inhabitants and is the perfect example of peaceful country living.  The Vierzon forest brings great ecological wealth to this village bordered by the Barangeon river, first in its class for trout fishing.

The village of Saint Laurent possesses a recreational complex in an oasis of greenery where the whole family can enjoy a fitness trail, a children's playground, and an interactive activity course. A great place to picnic to the sound of bird calls. 

You'll be sure to enjoy your stay with us!

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Vignoux-sur-Barangeon

Vignoux-sur-Barangeon

Vignoux-sur-Barangeon is the southern gateway to  Sologne and the eastern entrance to the area known as the “Pays de Vierzon”. Three rivers, the Yèvre, the Barangeon, and the Croulas, run through this village of 2143 inhabitants.

Three water mills still stand on their shores: the Vernusse, the Sein and the Moulin Neuf. You can trace the history of the village by consulting two archeological sites (“La Vernusse” and “le Vieux Vignoux”),and by admiring the Château du Blosset (Route de Saint-Laurent), or the  Château de Villemenard (Route de Mehun à Vouzeron).

Fishing is the king of activities here, but, you can also practice sports at the modern multi-sports center or ride horseback at the equestrian center. 

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Office de Tourisme des Villages de la Forêt

5 rue du Château
18330 NANÇAY
Tél. : +33 (0)2 48 51 80 31

Timetable

> Du 1er avril au 31 octobre : Ouvert les mardis, mercredis, vendredis, samedis, dimanches et jours fériés de 10h à 12h30 et de 14h à 18h

> Du 1er novembre au 31 mars : Ouvert les mercredis, vendredis, samedis, dimanches et jours fériés de 10h à 12h30 et de 14h à 17h