SEE & DO
Experience the beautiful Allier and its surroundings!
Forest, hills, rivers
Forêt de Tronçais
The Tronçais forest, which extends over almost 11,000 hectares, is one of the most beautiful forests in France. It is known to house high quality oak and today exhibits specimens hundreds of years old.
The oldest oak of the Forêt de Tronçais is planted in 1580!
There are many beautiful places next to the forest, such as the charming village of Hérisson. The forest is home to several lakes, including Saint-Bonnet Lake. Plenty to do for the active holidaymaker in the Allier/Auvergne with its many beautiful cycling and walking routes and the lakes for swimming.
More about the history of the forest, its remarkable trees, lakes, legends and activities can be found at
Bellowing deer and searching mushrooms
In the fall, the mating season is in full swing for the deer that live in the Tronçais forest. For several weeks, the mysterious bellowing of the deer resonates. Impressive! The females (does) all want to mate with the red deer that can bellow the most and loudest. Sometimes deer trying to capture the same doe can collide with blows from antlers.
To respect the animals and their natural environment, guided outings are organized in the Tronçais forest. Cap Troncais plans 4 visits per year at nightfall.
Lovers of good mushroom dishes will find their happiness in Tronçais. Chanterelles, amanita, porcini mushrooms, etc. can be found there and Cap Tronçais offer trips to go mushroom hunting. On the programme: recognition of edible species, picking and preparing them.
L'Allier is known for the number and quality of its flea markets. Cozy squares and streets are filled with antiques, brocante, vintage, everything that is second-hand.
Stroll through all kinds of things and hunt for nice bargains or find gems. Contrary to most countries, where this event does not take place often, you can look forward to weekly flea markets on the weekend days
Museums, art, painted churches of Bourbonnais
Museums are numerous in Allier. For an overview of all museums, see
The Route of the Painted Churches of Bourbonnais invites you to discover 24 buildings steeped in art and history with exceptional murals.
Little by little, thanks to restoration work, they come back to life and regain their shine, as in Bègues, Biozat, Briailles, Louchy-Monfand, Lurcy-Lévis or Taxat-Senat.
While some are probably still buried under several layers of plaster.
The most beautiful castles
L'Allier, former province of Bourbonnais has many old castles, manors and dungeons of medieval fortresses, .
Forty opened their doors to visitors.
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Lac de Sidiailles Activity Park
Sport, relaxation and nature
Lake Sidiailles is a privileged place to relax in the heart of unspoilt nature.
Various activities are offered (tree climbing, canoeing, pedal boats, paintball, bungee jumping, 17 km sports trail).
In addition, you can also enjoy hiking, mountain biking and fishing (Note, you need a fishing card for this, check the site for how to get one).
Near the castle there is an equipped climbing site with free entry.
Good to know : the site is ideal for beginners, but also for experienced climbers.
For the passionate golfer there are a number of beautiful golf courses nearby. If you like this sport, don't forget to bring your golf equipment,
Delicious eating out
L'Allier is known for the quality of its local produce as well as for its excellent restaurants. Below are a number of restaurants that we recommend. These are 2 minutes to 15 minutes away from our B&B.
Of course you can always join us for a delicious 3-course dinner, but make a reservation in advance.
Let yourself be pampered in one of the Spa's
Beautiful places nearby
In addition to our own picturesque village of Meaulne, the Allier is home to many beautiful places. Idyllic, picturesque and historic places can be found amid a lot of natural beauty. A number of large cities, including the capital Moulins, are also well worth a visit.
You should definitely not miss these places!
Aprémont sur allier
Saint pourcain sur sioule
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Various amusement parks & activities
L'Allier offers a large number of parks and leisure centers; in particular the animal and amusement park Le PAL, or the sliding station, La Loge des Gardes, indispensable for a day out for those who love it, there is something for everyone!
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Discover more about this beautiful region
There is so much to enjoy in this region.
For more information and inspiration, visit
Click on à voir & à faire (see and do) and discover all there is to see and do.
If your French is not that good, you can always translate the website with google translate.
Have fun with the anticipation!