Indre and the Creuse...
Tourism in Berry
Ideally located at the gates of Argenton-sur-Creuse and at the western border of La Brenne Regional Natural Park, the village of Saint-Marcel itself also has a lot to offer, making it a perfect springboard for discovering a variety of nearby places. The large bell tower (built between the 15th and 16th centuries) stands tall above the village, and it belongs to Saint-Marcel’s main attraction - the medieval church built from the 12th century onwards (with a Romanesque-Byzantine crypt from the 8th century). Its treasures consist of cleverly crafted pieces of copper and silver, relics of the saint and a shrine, alongside remarkable wooden stalls and the remarkable painting “Le Martyre de Saint Polycarpe” (The Martyrdom of Saint Polycarp) by the 19th century master Paul Chenavard.
Somewhat closer all but a few metres behind the hotel, the modern architecture of the Argentomagus Archaeological Museum fits in perfectly with its surrounding environment, as it has done since 1990. In the Gallo-Roman site that it overlooks, come and discover a testimony to the prosperity of a former settlement where up to 5000 people once lived. The Gaulish people known as the Bituriges (meaning “Kings of the World”) occupied it under Roman rule. Derived from the Latin for “silver market”, the name Argentomagus speaks for itself, and it was one of the gateways to the south of the country at the heart of a dense and profitable road network. In the museum, you’ll be able to discover a range of objects excavated on the site and nearby in a green setting. You’ll find an oppidum, baths, an amphitheatre, ramparts, temples, a necropolis and a monumental fountain of unique proportions, all under the golden sun of Berry.
Another star shining brightly is La Brenne Regional Natural Park, just to the west of Saint-Marcel. With its 3000 marshes, you’ll be at the heart of nature. Head north and you can visit the Château de Valençay at the gateway to the Loire châteaux. To the east is the Pays de George Sand, homeland of the famous 19th century author with such places as Nohant and La Châtre. Then southward towards the Creuse Valley is the Lac d'Éguzon, as well as Saint-Benoît-du-Sault, classed among the Most Beautiful Villages of France and just 30 minutes from the hotel.