Le Repaire

As your hosts, Kevin & Karen, we are onsite to welcome you to our home. We live here with our son and one set of his grandparents. We swapped our hectic UK lifestyle for the chance to live in this beautiful region of France.

Le Repaire is a small hamlet just outside the village of Peyrat de Bellac, with its own lane leading to the property. It has the advantage of being situated in a rural setting but within a few minutes’ drive of the market town of Bellac.

Whether you are looking to just relax around the pool or enjoy a more active holiday seeing the sights and taking in more of what the region has to offer, Le Repaire has something for all the family.

Provided on the property along with some stunning views of the countryside are various amenities for the family to enjoy, e.g. Table Tennis, bats balls and other outdoor games, in addition to a variety of books, board games and toys. As well as having your own private gardens, you are free to use the communal gardens too.

 

Local towns

Bellac,an historic market town, has more to offer than just bars and shops. You can discover "Old Bellac" with panoramic views over the countryside down by the 12th century church and also has a 16th century town hall, a museum and a viaduct over the river that winds through the town.

There is also a Theatre and Cinema in the town if you want to enjoy the local arts or just catch a movie.

Confolens is a very attractive town on the river Vienne surrounded by Rolling Pastoral countryside. The main highlight is the "old bridge", a 13th century granite bridge,(although significantly repaired and modified in the 18thC). Apart from the bridge itself this is probably the best place for views of the old town. Various other notable sights include the old dunjon, the town gate and the town hall, but it is the old town centred around the Rue de Soleil which will keep your attention. 15th and 16th Century houses line the streets up the hill with some lovely sculptures to see.

In the second week of August each year the town hosts the International Folklore Festival

Le Dorat is an ancient town, with fine examples of Romanesque architecture, especially the 11th century Collegiate of Saint-Pierre. There is plenty to do all year round with Horse racing events in June, July and August, a National Horse Show (show jumping) in September, a sound & light show, craft days, a Christmas market as well as concerts, Tennis, fishing, sailing and windsurfing.

There is also a Cinema in the town which shows new films in English. These are noticeable by having the letters V.O by the name of the film.

If you are looking for Limoges pottery, there is a factory outlet in Le Dorat, which offers good quality, reasonably priced seconds as well as top grade merchandise.

Some 40km to the east of Le Repaire lies the capital of the Limousin region, Limoges. An energetic and charming city, Limoges provides all of the shopping, restaurants and historical & cultural attractions that you would expect of an historic regional capital, which is famous for its porcelains with many outlets throughout the area. The city also has Museums and plays hosts to festivals during the summer. It has several markets around the city centre as well as an indoor shopping centre which houses C&A amongst other brands and with the famous painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir being born in 1841 and Asterix the gaul (comic hero) in 1959, there is something for everyone. Local sights include "The crypt of Saint Martial" 10thC, The bridges of "Saint Martial" and "St. Etienne" and the gothic "cathedral of St. Etienne" which began in 1273 and only finished in 1888.

Rochechouart labels itself as the "countryside of the meteorite" because 214 million years ago a six billion tonne meteorite smashed into this spot – probably one of the largest meteorites to ever hit the earth. Little remains as evidence and if you visit this area, you will find a pretty walled town with an attractive 13th century chateau. At the Château you can visit the museum of modern art both indoors and in the surrounding gardens. 

The Roman baths in nearby Chassenon are worth a look if you are in this part of Limousin. You can also follow the path of Richard the Lion Heart throughout this region.

Le Château de Châlus Chabrol in Châlus is worth a visit despite its ruined state. Richard the Lionheart died of a crossbow wound in the château in 1199 and his entrails were buried here while his heart was taken off to Rouen and the rest of the body to Fontevraud.

St. Junien is well known for its leather goods, in particular, gloves. A lively market is held in the gallo-roman centre on Saturdays as well as a fair on the third Saturday every month. Enthusiasts of tractor racing (camion cross) arrive on the last weekend of August, amid the noise of diesel engines and clouds of dust. There is also a golf course not far from the town centre.

Places of interest

The Limousin region is known as the "Lake District of France" so plenty of water activities are available. Two lakes that may be worth a visit are Lac de Saint-Pardoux south east of Bellac and Lacs de Vassiviere signposted near Limoges on the A20 heading south east in the department of Creuse. It boasts the longest lake in the Limousin, has 6 beaches and 3 marinas. Also in the region is an outward bound adventure park called D’Arbre en Arbre (from tree to tree) and the Limousin also offers Karting, Ballooning and climbing to name a few activities.

There is the Parc Bellvue not far from Limoges airport and Feeriland (miniature world) not far from Oradour sur Glane.

Oradour sur Glane is a martyr village that has been left as it was since 1944 after being invaded by the Nazis. (This place of historical interest may not be suitable for younger children). Other historical chateaux and churches can be found in the area too including Le Dorat and Rochechaurt.

A Velorail track (cycling on un-used railway lines) can be found in the region

For the sports enthusiasts there are Tennis courts in Bellac and Equestrian centres nearby and locals can be found playing Pétanque.

There are golf courses in the region that offer pay and play, the newest and nearest course is Mortemart, which is also one of France’s picturesque villages, Other courses can be found at Saint Junien and Limoges and also offer a driving range.

There is also a Ten Pin Bowling alley just past Limoges (Feytiat) with 20 lanes as well as 14 pool tables and other bar games.

The Monts de Blond (Blond mountains) are a great place to go if you enjoy walking and taking in some beautiful scenery.

If Fishing is your thing, there are rivers and lakes in the area but please note a daily or weekly fishing licence may be required.

For animal lovers there is the Reynou zoo in Le Vigen (south of Limoges), La Vallee des singes (monkey sanctuary) in the vienne, the Aquarium du Limousin in Limoges and Les Loups Des Chabrieres (wolf sanctuary) near the Guéret forest or if you are not too squeamish there is the Cité des insects and L’ile aux Serpents for something a little different.

For those who wish to venture a little further and are a little more adventurous, by turning right out of Le Repaire and following the signs to Poitiers you can make your way to Futuroscope, an innovative theme park which proclaims to be one of the best parks in France.

 

 

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