The department of Cher is a succession of vineyards, farmland, woods and ponds in the heart of Berry, one of the ancient provinces of France. However, this green and peaceful department is also crossed by the marvelous Route Jacques Coeur (a well known tourist road), which marks out 10 centuries of history. There are many properties for sale in Cher, where property is both varied and affordable: an apartment at the heart of Bourges, or an old house with views of the Sancerre vineyards, for example. And for less restricted budgets, why not a manor house near Vierzon, on the outskirts of Sologne? On the gastronomy front, between Berry style eggs, coq au vin and Crottin de Chavignol (a famous variety of goat milk cheese), it is useless to start a diet here, especially if this is washed down with a Menetou-Salon, or a Sancerre.