The Hôtel Le Paddock is just a couple of kilometres from the famous Magny-Cours racing track, which staged Formula One Grand Prix races from 1991 to 2008. This spectacularly beautiful region offers many things to see and do, like visting historical Nevers with its ducal palace and Gothic-style cathedral or taking a tour of a Sancerre winery at the Domaine de Perrière.
You can try out your racing skills at Magny-Cours, enjoy a quiet game of golf at the Nivernais just by the hotel or take your kids to see how Charolais cattle are raised at the nearby Ferme de Marault. Other places of interest include Apremont-sur-Allier, a well-preserved medieval village, and the Aboretum de Balaine, France’s oldest botanical garden. For the more adventurous we can organise walking trips in the Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan, a nature reserve 115 km away, or the Bec d’Allier, the rugged countryside at the confluence of the Allier and Loire rivers some 25 km away, both classified sites of natural beauty.
This famous race track offers you the chance to try out your own racing skills on the track in a car or on a motorbike, or to take a lesson from a racing driver or to go round the track in the co-pilot’s position with a professional driver. The track now hosts the Superbike, Bol d’Or or Grand Prix Camion events.
The Golf du Nivernais is literally two minutes’ walk from the hotel and is part of the leisure park near the Magny-Cours racing track. This verdant 50-hectare golf course offers a more relaxing activity for racing enthusiasts, while golfers can ramp up the excitement of the Grand Prix track or the international go-kart track in the leisure park.
The River Nièvre flows into the Loire at Nevers, and the town grew from that confluence from medieval times with ornate porcelain as its main industry. The winding streets leading up from the river still have an ancient feel. Guided tours and visits to various monuments will help you discover this charming town, with its Ducal Palace dating from Renaissance times and the medieval Saint-Cyr Cathedral.
Discover the history of Bernadette Soubirous in the space dedicated to her.
Since 1925 the body of Bernadette is preserved in a shrine in the chapel of what was known as the Convent of St. Gildard of Nevers. It is now known as "Espace Bernadette Soubirous – Nevers". (17 minutes -15 km by car or 15 km by bike, in under an hour)
34, rue Saint-Gildard
58000 Nevers (France)
Website : www.sainte-bernadette-nevers.com
Tél : +33 (0)3 86 71 99 50
Fax : +33 (0)3 86 71 99 51
A mythical Sancerre wine domaine, Domaine de la Perrière’s reputation is derived not only from the quality of its wines, but also from the fact that its location is magical and timeless, leaving 40,000 visitors spellbound every year.
Domaine de la Perrière – Verdigny
Tel. +33 (0)2 48 54 16 93
Fax +33 (0)2 48 54 11 54
Visit the village of Apremont-sur-Allier, one of the most beautiful villages in France. A pure wonder dedicated to tranquillity and serenity.
Apremont is nestled in the heart of Berry, in a bocage landscape criss-crossed by hedges and copses on the banks of the Allier. The village is overlooked by its castle which is surrounded by a flower garden inspired by Vita Sackville-West’s landscaped garden in Sissinghurst ; the village was completely restored in the last century.
Situated 21 km away, it takes 20 minutes by car and a little over an hour by bike
Park and garden, Listed as a historical monument, Plant collection, Arboretum.
Château de Balaine
Tel. : 04 70 43 30 07