You’re greeted by magnificent houses, built in half-timbered, pink brick or tinted cob (clay and straw) fashion. Tearooms, little restaurants, the odd hotel and antiques shops invite you in. At the heart of the village, the 18th-century timber framed covered market makes a lovely picture. A long street leads you beside the Lieure River to the picturesque church of Saint-Denis, with parts dating from the 12th century to the 16th.
A source of inspiration
This little village, with some 800 inhabitants, became a favourite place for a cultured, smart set to come and find peace and for artists to find inspiration; the composer Maurice Ravel even penned some beautiful pieces in Lyons-la-Forêt.