About the Area
The property is nestled in a peaceful small rural hamlet just 2 km from the village of Gorre. The local restaurant, Le Relais du Gorre, provides an authentic French lunch for around 13€ each (including wine). There are lovely walks and cycle tracks from the doorstep of the property and multiple close-by locations for fishing, have a look at http://three-oaks-lake.webs.com/ they can provide you with rods etc.
How about a morning or afternoon having a go at Watercolour painting with Diana Dabinett https://www.facebook.com/LaGalerieDeGabriel/ - This would need to be booked in advance and we can arrange this for you.
We are perfectly situated 20 mins south of Limoges Bellegarde airport and close to the RN21 for road travellers. We are 15 mins from Chalus where the famous Richard the Lionheart died and 25mins from Limoges where there is some wonderful architecture to be seen and lots of shopping and restaurants. There are supermarkets and boulangeries 10 mins away.
There is lots to see and do in the area and these are a few. You will find lots more in your info pack at the Gite.
NEW!! Bikes can now be hired from this company who deliver to the Gite for you. Have a look. http://www.bikehiredirect.com
Lots of shops and restaurants and architecture to view. Quaint little alleys to explore and the Railway station is well worth a visit for the architecture.
The new aquarium in Limoges is well worth a visit.
An extremely large busy market is held on Wednesdays in summer. You can buy anything from plants to poultry. Lots of places for refreshments and ice-creams, where you can sit and watch the world go by.
Lovely scenic town with lots to offer. Large market held on Fridays and some lovely shops and restaurants right on the rivers edge.
The Benedictine Abbey on the river's edge is superb and this along with the old stone bridge, weir and pretty mill now turned into a splendid hotel and restaurant all make for a very photogenic scene.
Look inside the abbey as well (built by Charlemagne in 769 and the main historical highlight of the town) and at the troglodyte section behind the abbey including the famous cave of the 'Last Judgement'. These are the remains of the original abbey and during the summer you can do a night-time visit of the troglodyte section - very atmospheric.
Richard the Lionheart died at Chalus. There is a trail of the crusade you can follow by car and visit the castle where he died.
Oradour sur Glane
On the 10th June 1944 the entire village was destroyed by the Nazi's and it has been preserved as it was at that time. 642 Men, Women and Children were killed.
Rochechouart Chateau & Meteorite Museum
A beautiful Chateau much photographed and painted.
The area has lots of lakes which were caused by Meteorites falling and a trip to the Meteorite Museum is well worthwhile.
Cassinomagus - Archaeological Park – Chassenon
The most monumental Gallo-Roman baths in France
On the borders of the Charente and Haute-Vienne, the site of Cassinomagus presents outstanding Gallo-Roman remains in a landscape of 25 hectares including the best preserved and most monumental baths in France.
Perigeux is a lovely Medieval old city and well worth a visit.
There is a Karting track 10 mins away at Pageas.
You can hire canoes at Aixe sur Vienne 15mins away to enjoy the river.
There are lots of Caves in the area which you can visit and are a great place to go on a hot day as they are so cool being underground.
We recommend you visit the tourist information office in Chalus (15 mins away) where you will find a large selection of tourist leaflets.
Places to eat locally
There are lots of local eateries. Some only open at lunchtimes and other are open both Evenings and lunchtimes.
These four are the closest to us.
We can thoroughly recommend the Relais de Gorre where we are frequent diners!
Relais de Gorre
Fantastic restaurant and very good value (lunchtimes only). The Chef Natacha was trained by a top London Chef and her husband Olivier will make you very welcome and speaks very good English. Booking is necessary. They also do lovely afternoon teas with home-made cakes and sandwiches and speciality teas. You will need to book as they get very full.
La Gare is open lunchtimes and evenings.
In the evenings the food is Gourmet and is more expensive than at lunchtimes but it is superb last time we were there.