Les Bréviaires lies halfway between Paris and Chartres and is home to 1,260 people. Its location in the midst of Rambouillet Forest, with the trees almost touching the houses, immerses the town in nature.
The Étangs de Hollande, created to feed the pools of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV, are now a water sports centre that is wildly popular in summer. The view from the ponds makes them a calm and relaxing place. When the sun dips below the horizon, lingering here is a pleasant experience enjoyed by many people from Île-de-France on the embankment of the Étang de Saint-Hubert.
Just an hour and a half to the south of Paris, Bellegarde has the charm of old stones and the allure of a town in bloom, but also a vibrant scene of businesses and associations that punch well above the weight of a small rural town. Bellegarde draws on three great strengths: rose cultivation, a tradition handed down from generation to generation for over a century; a château built in the 14th century and renovated in the 18th; and the peace and quiet of the countryside with all services available in town just 45 minutes from Orléans.