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Barrou village in Southern Touraine

The village of Barrou is in the department of Indre et Loire, France. The village’s location halfway between the regional capitals of Tours and Poitiers makes it an ideal base to explore the Loire Valley and Vienne. Barrou itself has a restaurant/bar, boulangerie (baker) boucherie (butcher) and épicier (grocer) and a post office. There is a boulodrome in the centre of the village for ‘Petanque (boules)

The square in the village of Barrou

The restaurant is typical of small villages of the region in that it is also has a separate bar area where the locals meet over coffee or a glass of wine to discuss the events of the day. It offers pizzas and traditional fare at good prices and is a good place to join the locals for lunch - Self-service buffet for starters, main course, cheese board plus a sweet for 12 euros. Local red wine and bread are included in the price. 

Check opening times, as it varies with the seasons and book for evening dining, more out of courtesy than necessity. The outside terrace area looks on to the boulodrome square.

terrace at the rear of the restaurant in Barrou



Grande Rue

The local music festival 'Festival des Barroudeurs, which is now in its 13th year, is held in the village on the first Saturday of July (2nd) with an eclectic mix of artists

If you are in the area you should give it a visit - always a unique experience!

There are many pleasant walks around the village and along the river. The local tourist office in Le Grand Pressigny will also provide maps for all the 'marked-out' walks in all the surrounding villages.

river beach at Lesigny just outside Barrou

You can walk to the bridge just before the neighbouring village of Lesigny (2km) where at 'Le bout du pont' there is  safe river swimming as well as a picnic area. There is a lifeguard on duty during July and August. 

canoes on the river Creuse at Barrou


Descartes kayak club offer trips back down river from the village


At Barrou you are in the heart of Southern Touraine which has its own delights close at hand such as Chateau Le Guerche (5mins) and the citadel town of Loches (30mins) as well as having access to the neighbouring department of Vienne with 'Futuroscope' (45 minutes) just outside Poitiers and the nearby town of La Roche Posay (10km) with its casino, racecourse and 18 hole golf course.

lake in La Brenne natural park

You are also only 30 minutes away the La Brenne Natural Parc which is an ideal site to visit for cycling, bird watching, trekking...and more!

La Promenade restaurant in Le Petit-Pressigny

If you are celebrating something special and want a dining experience then you can dine at the 'Mitchelin Star' “La Promenade” in the nearby village of Le Petit Pressigny...                     an unforgettable experience.

Booking is necessary here :

11 Rue Savoureulx, Le Petit Pressigny‎. Tel:


Proberties to rent the for your holiday in Barrou

Old Walnut Mill Loire Valley vaction rental 

The delightful 'Old Walnut Mill' a19th century  two bedroom cottage.          

Visit cottage website


 Le Bourg riverside barn conversion with views over the river Creuse.

  Visit website for the house

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"The small village experience' was great and made us feel part of the landscape rather than just passing tourists."

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Loire Valley towns & villages