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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-creams.

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-proof doors and canals. The monkeys lounge around for the most part and sometimes you have to search to find them, this isn't a normal zoo where the animals are on show for the spectators, this is the animals home and if they want to spend the day hiding up a tree or in the middle of their forest then so be it!


http://www.la-vallee-des-singes.fr/index.html


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

Horse Riding

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-cross through the countryside of this area of central France.

The countryside is unspoiled and beautiful with many rights-of-way kept open which makes riding through it on horseback a real pleasure. Riding trails in France usually avoid paved roads. Spectacular castles, walled towns and ancient monasteries are everywhere. Allow yourselves to explore the rivers and hills, enjoy meeting and eating with the locals and discover a region of the world which feels untouched and unchanged.

Megaliths

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

Velo Rail

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-Limousine and each 'carriage' takes up to five people comfortably. Whilst two of you power the carriage by cycling the rest of you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful countryside. All five of you can take turn cycling and after a welcome refreshment break your carriage gets turned round and you cycle back to the start point. Velo rail link

Futuroscope

Futuroscope is just about 1 hour from us, its a great day out for the family. Extreme thrills, images in
giant-screen format, breathtaking shows, interactive adventures that will delight your senses, and more.
Over 25 experiences for all the family that bring you fun and anew way of exploring the world.
See more on Futuroscope

Markets

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.

Bicycles

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-Day almost all of the occupants were executed by the Germans. The ruined village and memorial museum offer a fascinating insight into the terrors of that day.

 
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