This is an unspoilt region of rolling wooded countryside interspersed with numerous rivers and lakes, perfect for relaxing hoidays. This beautiful area has been designated a Regional Park, consequently all you will usually hear is birdsong, yet you are only a few minutes’ walk from a restaurant/bar, and a post office. At night the Milky Way and a myriad of stars are often visible due to the minimal light pollution, making it an ideal venue for star gazing.
For children, should they ever tire of the pool there is a lake at nearby St Mathieu with its beach and supervised swimming area will give hours fun. Older children can hire pedaloes or canoes.
For the grownups, the area is full of fascinating market towns . Brantome is a fascinating town on the River Dronne, sometimes called the “little Venice” of France – after exploring the town hire a canoe for a half day trip down the river and negotiate the “cascades” but be prepared to get wet !
Interesting Chateaux and a range of cultural activities are nearby with the larger centres of Limoges, Perigueux and Angouleme all within an hour’s drive. For a day out try wine tasting at the vineyards between Bergerac and Bordeaux, visit more vineyards around Cognac for brandy, explore the Dordogne Valley or even a trip to the coast of the Charente Maritime.
Chalus, where Richard the Lionheart was fatally wounded is about 15 kilometres away, its now a busy market town with bank, shops, tourist office, bars and yet more restaurants. We are about 40km north of the caves at Villars and about 50 km from the interesting city of Limoges with all its attractions. A day out would be a trip to Périgueux with its medieval streets, cathedral, shops, and restaurants.
Newly opened http://www.lascaux-dordogne.com/en/lascaux-cave is just over an hour’s drive and for some exciting water based adventures the new Centre-Aquatique-Limoges-Metropole looks well worth a visit.
There is an excellent choice of local restaurants to suit every budget – “Chez Jules”, just a walk away and “Les Feullardiers” at Marval, a short drive away and the renown “Hostellerie St Jacques”, for a gourmet’s feast, at St Saud Lacoussière, to mention a few. The nearby towns of Rochechouart and Nontron also host excellent restaurants and are enjoyable venues for a long lunch.
At the bottom of the large garden is the “Circuit du Loup Garou”, a walking, cycling, riding route. Fishing and horse riding are also available locally. http://www.tourisme-hautevienne.com/activites-de-plein-air/activites-terrestres/sentiers-de-randonnee/circuit-du-loup-garou-1165
We are also only 7km from Cussac with its large supermarket/ chemist and tourist information office.