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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. See our dedicated page for the lake.

Rancon Village

Rancon Village is just 2kms from us, although small it has plenty to interest and while away at least an afternoon if not a full day.  There are three art galleries with helpful and interesting guides to help you get the most from your visit.  Visit the house of the famous British artist Fred Yates and experience life in an untouched old Limousin house.  Take a tea and browse in the organic tea room and shop, enjoy a lunch in one of the caf├ęs with seats outside before having a look at the rare Lantern de Morts and gaze upon the beautiful Angel glass window in the Church.  Just outside Rancon is a hidden chapel often painted by Fred Yates which is worth a visit and a' must see' is the Buddhist Temple.  The Buddhist temple welcome visitors to browse their gardens and extraordinary statues before taking your shoes off to see inside the temple.  There is also a great little shop here where souvenirs can be bought.  Rancon has a Cider and Chestnut festival in October and a fantastic medieval fayre in June.  Fireworks, moules and frites in July of course!

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Bellac is our nearest town being 10kms away, this has all the supermarkets and services including a Carrefour, Intermarche, Lidl and Netto.  There is also an old town centre with two butchers, some patisserie's and pharmacy as well as a selection of bars and restaurants.  There is a very attractive park with the river Vincou running through it and a bar overlooking the river where you can enjoy a glass of wine.

Free Spirits!

In the area are plenty of locations where you can be free, especially if you have lively children.  There are shallow rivers and waterfalls where an adventure can be had clambering up the rocks and running wild, take a fishing net and paddle around.  There are also some great rivers with deep pools for swimming and body surfing.  Forests to explore which are not managed and a host of wildlife to spot. Lots of energy burning activites before returning to Grue Demoiselle for a BBQ, some lawn games and a sit around the fire pit under the star filled skies.

Please note these areas are not controlled by any life guards and all independent activities are done at your own risk.


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.


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


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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.

Horse and Carriage Rides

Enjoy a ride in an open air horse-drawn carriage around the beautiful village and area of Mortemart or take a donkey for a walk and make new friends for an afternoon. More information can be found on Balades A Mortemart This website is all in French and reservations are to be made by phone, if this is difficult we would be happy to help you.


To ensure good quality bikes suitable for your height and ability we recommend a local bike hire company who will deliver your bike on your arrival here.  Please contact them directly to make arrangements.

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.

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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