Restaurant and walk at Fresselines (23450)
This Easter we've been 'profiting' from the sunshine and exploring an area of the Creuse that is new to us at Fresselines and we were so impressed by the pretty river walk and good food and warm welcome at the Bar-Restaurant Les Artistes du confluent that we went back yesterday for a second walk and meal. I wanted to recommend it simply because we enjoyed it so much !
There are 3 circular walks to choose from that start from opposite the restaurant in Fresselines (there's a map board in the little car park next to the church, and I suggest you take a photo of it before you start off to help act as a guide on the way round). The valley of the Petite Creuse is absolutely gorgeous right now with a carpet of bluebells under the river-side trees, and the 2 impressive footbridges have been re-constructed with walking tourists in mind. There are picnic benches, opportunities to paddle if you're prepared to brave the spring water temperatures and birdsong everywhere. The local tourist office has developed the shortest walk by putting up (weather-proof) information displays with examples of Clause Monet's work and quotes from the artist with interesting glass look-through panels (sorry - hard to describe them - best go and have a look for yourself!)
At the restaurant Des Artistes we booked an evening meal last week (05 55 89 00 34) which was an excellent standard, served in the salle de banquet which has a mural right around all the walls of the room, and lunch yesterday (€13.50 pp) was served in the normal restaurant room, with very generous portions for a menu du jour. According to the leaflet I picked up the new owner is called Corinne and they're open every day for lunch and dinner (but closed Sunday and Monday evenings).