Starting with the local towns, they all have their own appeal and character and are well worth a visit. The closest local village of Sauviat Sur Vige (10 mins) has a small shop, bar tabac, boulangerie (bakers) and boucherie (butchers). Next is the Medieval town of Saint Leonard De Noblat (15mins) which is a beautiful historical town with all the amenities you require and good restaurants. 25 minutes down the road is the Town of Bourganeuf with its impressive Chateau and long list of amenities. Slightly further afield is the city of Limoges which is famed for its pottery making and a must visit.
The main local attractions are below with links to the relevant pages to give you some more information
LAC DE VASSIVIÉRE
This huge 1000 hectare lake, only 40 minutes away, is home to sandy beaches, water-sports and various children’s activities and even a sculpture park and modern art gallery.
There are good weekly markets in Bourganeuf, Saint Leonard De Noblat, Eymoutiers, Suaviat Sur Vige, Ambazac & Limoges
If you are serious cyclist you will be pleased to know that Raymond Poulidor’s training circuit around Lac de Vassivière is close at hand and it is also possible to join in on some of the events, which are numerous in the summer, or just to go along and experience the atmosphere.
There are many different festivals throughout the Summer and Autumn dedicated to an extraordinary range of themes from pumpkins to international folk music. The best site to know what is going on and when
Les Loupes de Chabrières – Just outside Gueret this is an interesting conservation site where you can observe wolves in their natural habitat and can also learn something of their history.
LE LABYRINTHE GÉANT
Gueret – not only a giant maze but a small farm and paint -ball!
A great day out on these pedal powered carts on disused railways. The Vélo-Rail De La Mine in Bosmoreau les Minese, only 35 minutes away. The uphill bits do need some effort! Also just round the corner from the Bison Park so can be combined for a great day out.
Elevage de Bisons du Palais – Here is something different – a bison farm very close to Bourganeuf where you can also hire horses here for trips. Just round the corner from the Velo Rail so can be combined for a great day out.
LES PIERRES JAUMÂTRES
This is a display of 40 rocks scattered on the top of Mont Barlot. An interesting and unusual formation of granite stone is somewhat of a mystery as nobody is quite sure how they arrived here and why they are such a strange shape. Linked to legends of King Arthur, as well being a favourite spot with George Sand and Chopin.
ORADOUR SUR GLANE
Centre De La Memoire -This martyred village was destroyed during the Second World War and has been left in its original state as a memorial to the 642 men, women & children massacred there by a German ‘SS Panzer’ division.
The new Centre De Memoir museum was opened in 1999 and is a must for all historians.
Walking around the original village and the memorial is a unique and sobering experience. Everyone should visit this village once during their lifetime. Open throughout the year, visit
PAPER MAKING & PRINTING
Moulin du Got is the last remaining vestige of the considerable papermaking industry in the Limousin in the 18th Century. This mill situated on the Tard river has seen generations of paper-makers making sheets of rag paper by hand primarily for printers in Paris.
From 1850, during the Industrial Revolution, the mill was converted to make wrapping paper from straw. After the Second World War the Moulin du Got started to produce rolled cardboard, used to make dolls’ heads, masks or rocking horses.
a different kind of leisure park experience for all the family!