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Saint Benoît du Sault - straight from a fairytale

The little mediaeval village of St Benoît du Sault, in the Indre department of the Centre Val de Loire region of central France, is straight from a child's book of fairy tales, with its picturesque setting above the River Portefeuille, and its ancient half-timbered buildings lining the quaint narrow streets. It is little wonder that the village is officially dubbed one of the most beautiful villages in France!

A touch of history

St Benoît du Sault has a long and fascinating history, with a Celtic and Roman past as well as its more evident connections to the Middle Ages, with its ramparts, Benedictine priory and fort. Its narrow and cobbled alleyways are a testament to its heritage, and pleasurable and interesting to discover today.

Saint Benoît du Sault has character by the bucket load...

St Benoît du Sault does indeed have character by the bucket load... and then some. If this is your dream, it really is the perfect place, but if you are hoping for the bright lights and action of a bustling metropolis, stay away. Going into St Benoît is like stepping back into a past world, a world where modern day stresses cease to exist, and where you can enjoy the unsurpassed pleasure of simply being there.

Shops and restaurants?

The village has some lovely local shops, including the French necessities of a couple of boulangeries, a boucherie, a patisserie and a maison de presse (newsagents), and there are even a couple of excellent and atmospheric restaurants to enjoy too... quite something for a little village like this. Celebrations and markets are also on the menu in St Benoît, with fireworks to celebrate Bastille Day, an August sheep fair, and a weekly market as well.

Around and about

St Benoît is situated close enough to a good number of interesting places to ensure that you will never be stuck for ideas for a day out. The Limousin area just to the south, is beautiful and excellent for exploring, as is the Poitou-Charentes region to the west. There are many sports and activities to be found locally too, and this lovely department is perfect for pursuits such as walking, cycling, horse-riding and swimming or fishing in the lakes and rivers that are so numerous here.

How to get there

To get to St Benoît du Sault from the UK by air you have a choice: you can fly to Poitiers with Ryanair from Stansted, or you can head for Limoges, served by Ryanair and flybe, or choose Tours, also served by Ryanair. The train is also possible, as the TGV runs into all three of these cities.

Property prices and availability in and around Saint Benoît du Sault

The Indre department is often a good place to find bargain properties, as it is less known to the foreign property market than some of its neighbours. St Benoît itself, though, is very sought after, so if you do find a property here for sale, don't waste time! St Benoît is perfect for anyone who is seeking a rural idyll.

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Saint Benoît du Sault AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Saint Benoît du Sault?

Saint Benoît du Sault is located in the centre of France. It lies in the south-west of the Indre department, quite close to its region's border with the Limousin.

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IN THE REGION OF CENTRAL LOIRE VALLEY

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF INDRE

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Population: 766


Access: By air: Fly to Poitiers with Ryanair, or to Limoges with Ryanair or flybe. By rail: The TGV runs into Poitiers.


Economy: The economy blends tourism with a traditional rural economy.


Interesting fact: This mediaeval village is considered to be (officially) one of the most beautiful villages in France.

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