Lovers of unspoiled nature, go to Ménestreau-en-Villette, a true natural setting … but not only!
The name "Ménestreau", of medieval origin, comes from a "small monastery" (in Latin “Monestrolium”), from the year 1000, which later turned into “Ménestreau-en-Sologne” then “Ménestreau-en-Villette”, "Villette" designating a seigneurial fief along the road connecting Bourges to Orléans.
Ménestreau-en-Villette is a village that seems to be “lost in the middle of the forest”. A great place to observe unspoiled nature during walks on the town's differents hiking trails ( randonnées)
The Domaine du Ciran: Sologne's wildlife conservatory and its wooded natural environment dotted with ponds, makes this village a true nature oasis.
Domaine du Ciran Sologne's wildlife conservatory and its wooded natural environment dotted with ponds, makes this village a true nature oasis.
Ménestreau-en-Villette has a preserved nature, but also architectural wealth, as evidenced by the Notre-Dame church, one of the town's emblematic monuments. These include many private castles such as the Castle of Louan, the Grand Bois, the Foucault, the Briou… as well as the Saint-Thibault Fountain.
The Saint-Thibault Fountain, whose water was supposed to cure Sologne fevers and measles, owes its name to a replica of a small 15th century building sitting above the courtyard fountain of Saint Augustine's College in Canterbury, England. It was rebuilt in 1890, with locally made bricks, and crowned with a very elaborate and elegant pinnacle. A real miniature bell tower!
Ménestreau-en-Villette is a village full of flowers, with unspoiled nature, and an exceptional architecture that you absolutely must visit!