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LAKE VASSIVIÈRE

We are only 5klm from the famous beauty spot Lac Vassivière - the most popular tourist site in the Limousin. Covering an area of 1000 hectares this artificial lake offers many activities including swimming, sailing, fishing and water skiing.

On an island in the middle of a lake you'll find the Centre National d'Art et du Paysage conceived by the architects Aldo Rossi and Xavier Fabre and dedicated to the relationship between the graphic arts and the countryside. This modern building houses several rooms where temporary exhibitions are held throughout the year. The surrounding sculpture park which contains modern pieces created specifically for the site is an ideal place to stroll. You'll also find numerous paths through the woodlands. The Chateau in the Islands centre now houses a restaurant & bar open from April to October 10am until 10pm. (5 minutes drive)

CASCADE DE JARRAUDS

The waterfall of Cascade de Jarrauds on the river Maulde near the village of St Martin-Château, is a pleasant beauty spot which offers a picnic spot and a river walk. (5 minutes drive)

EYMOUTIERS

Eymoutiers situated on the Vienne river - a tributary of the Loire - has numerous medieval buildings including a collegiate church dating from the 11th century. It is also the home town of Paul Rebeyrolle who is regarded as one of the foremost contemporary French painters. This beautiful historic gem of a town has a gallery devoted to this renowned artist's violent, brutal and moumental paintings. Here you'll find our nearest train station which has a regular service to and from Limoges. In the summer months train enthusiasts can journey in 1930's carriages pulled by a steam engine to many locations throughout the region. (15 minutes drive)

SAINT-LÉONARD-DE-NOBLAT

The town of St Léonard-de-Noblat, situated on a hill above the valley of the river Vienne is a centre of pilgrimage and was an important resting place on the pilgrims's route from Belgium and North East France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The collegiate church built in the 12th and 13th century is a fine example of Romaesque architecture. It is said that Richard the Lionheart contributed to the construction of the church on his release from Austria in 1194. (25 minutes drive)

MONT GARGAN

Reaching a height of 731 meters this is one of the highest points in Limousin The summit where you'll find a ruined church offers a stunning 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside. It was also the site of a fierce fight between the local Resistance and German soldiers in July 1944. An ideal spot for a high altitude picnic! (30 minutes drive)

LIMOGES

Limoges, situated on the banks of the river Vienne, was founded during the reign of the Roman Emperor Augustus after the conquest of Gaul and was initially known as Augustoritum. Limoges grew up as two separate cities in the Middle Ages and were not united until the French Revolution. The town has therefore two hearts - the old cité dominated by the Gothic cathedral of St Stephen overlooking the river and the château district with its half-timbered houses which is nowadays the commercial centre of the city. Kaolin, a fine white clay also known as china clay, was discovered in the region in the 18th century and as a result the city became known worldwide for its porcelain. The Musée National-Adrien-Dubrouché traces the history of ceramics and has a collection of over 10,000 pieces. The painter August Renoir was born in the city in 1841. (45 minutes drive)

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