Maison Metcalf is perfectly situated to explore this beautiful corner of France.  A great start to the day is to do an easy cycle to the local boulangerie in nearby La Roche Chalais, a thriving little market town, for freshly baked baguettes & pastries.  It is about a 30 minute cycle there and back and 4 minutes by car.  The church in the village is steeped in history and worth a visit. Five minutes in the opposite direction from Maison Metcalf lies Parcoul. Slightly bigger is Chalais, 10 minutes North through Parcoul with a variety of restaurants Dining Out, clothing shops and markets Markets & Shopping

Local Information

La Roche Chalais lies on the greenwhich time line and offers a multitude of fun stuff to do:

  • Horse riding
  • Archery
  • Fishing on the river Dronne with picnic area & children’s playground
  • Tennis
  • Walking in the Forest Double
  • Night markets in Summer
  • Cinema, and open-air cinema in Summer
  • Concerts and exhibitions

It is important to mention you will also find the following in La Roche Chalais:

  • Chemist
  • Bank (ATM inside the building)
  • Post Office (whole in the wall ATM by the entrance)
  • Tourist office
  • Motor mechanic
  • Florist
  • Bakeries
  • Butchery
  • Hairdresser
  • Beautician
  • Health shop
  • Restaurants and a bar
  • 2 supermarkets
  • Petrol/diesel garage near Intermarché car patk
  • Car wash at Intermarché car park

Parcoul is a sleepy village on the beautiful Dronne river. It has the following to offer:

  • Parcoul Tap – local micro-brewery with fine English beer
  • Bakery
  • Butchery
  • Hairdresser
  • Post office
  • Library that hosts regular café lectures (French only)
  • Walking and hiking paths along the Dronne

Chalais offers all of the above. In addition the town has a dry-cleaning service, a key & heel bar, a few clothing shops, a jewellers, health shop and numerous restaurants.