Lake Saint Pardoux
Lake St Pardoux is just a quick 15 minute car journey from us. The Limousin is famed for the variety and sheer number of it's lakes and is known as the 'Land of a Thousand Lakes' ('Pays des Mille Etangs') St. Pardoux is the largest lake in the area and is equal in size to Lake Windemere and has many similar activities with sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and fishing. There is also a tree adventure course, pedaloes for hire and a bouncy castle park in the summer, all of which have very reasonable entrance fees. Refreshments can be found in the form of a Pizza restaurant and little huts selling drinks and ice-
For those who like to keep their sporting activities on dry land there is tennis, volleyball, cycling and walking. The big attraction of Saint Pardoux are the three beaches with imported sand . The water is warm and clean and quite safe and is tested regularly for contaminates. These beaches are heaven for small children with lots for them to do.
There are picnic areas as well as ample parking. Fishing is also available on the lake and also in nearby rivers and private fisheries.
There is a tourist office and the surrounding area has many pretty villages.
La Vallee des Singes (Valley of the Apes)
This has been recommended to us and this is a review from Trip Advisor:
I've been here numerous times over the years, always a highlight of my summer holidays to come visit the monkeys/apes/giant catfish/random peacocks.
The zoo is set up extremely well, there are different zones all separate by monkey-
Parc du Reynou
You will be amazed by the splendour of the landscaped park and will be charmed by the beauty of the animal world.
Located in Le Vigen, near Limoges, Reynou Park is a tourist and cultural place, where everybody will observe, understand and appreciate animal and vegetable kingdom.
Young and old people will take away unforgettable memories of this day. Parc du Reynou
If meandering through the French countryside on the back of a good horse sounds appealing then there is an excellent local horse riding academy. They will take great pleasure in showing you the network of tracks and paths which criss-
The countryside is unspoiled and beautiful with many rights-
Like the neighbouring region of Périgord, the Limousin has many prehistoric remains like standing stones and megalithic chamber tombs, some fine examples of which can be found near Grue Demoiselle.
We recommend a trip around the ancient standing stone sites in the Monts de Blond to experience the energy and ancient feel of these interesting sites, a great day to explore and take a picnic
For a fun family day out you can go on the Velo rail located in the picturesque town of Confolens. This runs on an ancient railway line in the Charente-
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From April through to the end of October you will often find a local street market or attic sale, a great time to wander around in search of a bargain and sample some local French life.
Golf & Tennis
Just 5 minutes away we have some public Tennis courts at Blanzac and our nearest golf course is at Mortemart which is just 15 minutes away.
We have a selection of bicycles available at no charge at Grue Demoiselle. If you would like to reserve in advance the use of one while you are here then please let us know. These bicycles are for local use only, there are hire shops in the area if you wish to go further afield.
Oradour Sur Glane
If you are interested in The Second World War then a visit to Oradour Sur Glane is a visit to note. The small town of Oradour Sur Glane is perhaps one of the most painful symbol to the French of the German atrocities of the Second World war. On the 10 June 1944, just a few days after D-