PLACES TO VISIT IN HAUTE-VIENNE AND SURROUNDING AREAS

LIMOGES is the capital of the Limousin, famous the world over for its fine porcelain
The city is large and vibrant with many shops, coffee bars, cafes, restaurants and you could spend a day wandering. The architecture is superb as can be seen by the photo opposite which is the railway station Benedictin.
Just off the main A20 which runs past Limoges there are many Zone Industrielle, which offer the opportunity to discover some huge retail outlets with tempting prices to match. We are just 35 mins from Limoges.www.tourismelimoges.com. www.welcome-en-limousin.com

PERIGUEUX, the capital city of the Dordogne, attractive city with beautiful small shops and river walks. There are some wonderful old parts of the town to meander around and take in the atmosphere. There is a weekly market which sprawls throughout the street. Again plenty of small and large eating places, and numerous coffee bars from which to sit and watch life.
We are about an hours drive from Perigueux.

CHATEAU DE BRIE.
Situated just minutes away from your gite. A Castle built at the end of the 15th century at the border of park naturel regional Périgord-Limousin and Périgord Vert, is calm and surrounded by a flowered park and 800 acres of woods. Part of the route once taken by Richard the Lionheart, whose own chateau is 10 mins away from us at Chalus.
www.templarhistory.com/richard.html


PIEGUT PLUVIERS. The best market locally every Wednesday with wonderful local produce, livestock, clothing, gifts etc. etc. Also in Piegut you will find Credit Agricole bank, restaurants, bars and hotels. There is an Intermarche supermarket just on the outskirts of the town. A mere 20 mins from us.
For all market days in Haute-Vienne, Dordogne and Charente.Click the links below.
Haute-Vienne| Dordogne| Charente

ROCHECHOUART. The area of Rochechouart was the site of a meteorite landing centuries ago. The impact created the crater which the town now sits around. Indeed much of the meteorite material has been used in local buildings. Rochechouart is a small market town with pretty shops and a superb chateau with stunning views. The lake at Rochechouart is pictured opposite. Great local market.
www.ville-rochechouart.fr

AIXE SUR VIENNE. Beautiful river walks, good market, shops and cafes. Fantastic pottery factory and retail outlet. Just 25mins away. www.ot-valdevienne.com

CHAMPAGNAC-LA-RIVIERE. Just 15 mins walk from your gite we have the river Tardoire which flows gently through a purpose built picnic area. The breeze rustles through the trees, the river burbles and there is some lovely shady areas to relax in with picnic tables. Around Champagnac-La-Riviere there are many lovely walks ,indeed the GR4 footpath runs through the village. There is gentle cycling to be found as we have a disused railway track with runs for over 12 km from Chalus - Oradour-Sur Vayres. This has a superb surface for walking or cycling. We offer guests the use of two bikes if you wish. Our local tourist office is www.ot-oradour-sur-vayres.fr

or visit our events page with photos

BRANTOME. A famous town about 1 hours drive away from us into the Dordogne.
Picturesque doesn't get much better than this. Known as the Venice of the Perigord. River walks, great restaurants and coffee bars. Street market on Fridays. See www.ville-brantome.fr
for full details.

JUMILHAC LA GRAND. Just 30 mins drive into the Dordogne countryside and you can discover the fairytale chateau here. Guided tours are available which take an hour or so and cost around 7 euros. The setting is stunning. There are of course coffee bars and a great Boulangerie

BUSSIERE GALLANT. A beautiful lake complex offering supervised swimming, fishing and a buvette offering coffees and snacks etc. Picnic tables are provided in the peaceful shady surroundings. Called the Espace Hermeline it also offers the more adventurous the chance to 'walk through the trees' and a huge zip wire across the lake. Just a 20 min drive from us.

ORADOUR SUR GLANE. The original village still stands here as a memorial to the day, Sat 10th June 1944, that german troops marched into the village and brutally murdered over 600 men, women and children before destroying much of the village.It is a sobering trip, but we think worthwhile. There is also an exhibition centre here. Entry to the village is free. also see www.oradour.info

ST JUNIEN. Sitting on the banks of the River Vienne which flows slowly past this town, famous for its glovemakers. Large hypermarkets on the outskirts. This is a pretty town with many smaller shops and coffee bars on winding streets, a lot of which are now pedestrianised. We are just 25mins away.

ST MATHIEU LAKE. Just 10 minutes drive from us you will find the lake of St Mathieu, a 14 hectare lake with artificial beach, swimming, fishing and pedalo rental. There is a superb restaurant and bar overlooking the lake which serves French and English dishes most of the day.

LAC DE VASSIVIERE. A stunningly beautiful and vast lake of over 1200 hectares, surrounded by forests. The lake offers walking, fishing, kayaking, swimming all in peaceful surroundings. There is a cruise available which will take you on a 2 hour trip around the lake also offering you a 7 course meal. The boat normally leaves at 12.15 p.m. It is a drive of about an hour from us.

ST JEAN DE COLE. Situated midway between Villars and Thiviers, St-Jean-de-Cole is one of the loveliest villages in the Dordogne. Its main square is surrounded by half-timbered houses, a covered marketplace, a 12th-century church and the Chateau de la Marthonie. You will also find the famous Grottes De Villars here with cave paintings dating back into prehistory. Just a 35 min drive from here.www.ville-saint-jean-de-cole.fr

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