There is a butcher (boucher), a baker
(boulanger) plus a post office/general store
Guest comment about the village:
"The people of the village were generally
helpful particularly Willi and Sandra in the
restaurant, Mme. Picot in the bakery and the
lovely lady (Claire) in the shop. They stood
up well to a barrage of broad Australian and
very poor French. Willie & Sandra do a good
lunch too and Willi makes a good pizza."
The restaurant is typical of small villages of the region. It serves traditional fare at good prices and is a good place to join the locals for lunch - you will not be disappointed. Self-service buffet for starters, main course, cheese board plus a sweet for €12.00. Local red wine and bread are included in the price. The rear seating area of the restaurant looks on to the village square. Through the season they offer the occasional live entertainment both inside and outside.
The village square:
The square is also the area for the boules players to gather plus on the first Sunday of August it plays host to the annual
vide-greniers and brocante where you can pick up some interesting items for very few euros.
river-Creuse plays its part in village life providing the setting for the small 'Barroudours' music festival on the first Saturday of July and the 'Bastile day' fireworks on the 14th of the same month.
The Kayak Club at nearby Descartes can provide canoe, dropping you off to paddle back downstream to return to them. Although there is a designated safe swimming 'beach' just outside the village* in the height of summer the river proves too attractive for some.
*There is a river 'beach' just outside the village at the bridge before you enter nearby Lesigny.
Although the village can sometimes seem deserted there is normally always something about to remind you that you are in rural France and that life, at what ever pace, goes on.
Directions and time to Barrou
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