Explore Limousin

Unspoilt countryside by foot, bicycle, boat or horse

The Limousin Countryside

The Limousin area of France is among the least densely populated areas of France, and this is evident in the vast areas of unspoilt rolling fields, hills and valleys interspersed by streams and rivers just ready to be explored by foot, bicycle, boat or horse.  We can recommend a good riding stable within a short distance and the local tourist office in Oradour-sur-Vayres can assist with bicycle hire to explore the miles of green lanes in this area, and can provide more information on the numerous local ‘back to nature’ places to explore.

There are numerous lakes where for a small daily licence fee you can while away the hours fishing.  Many of the larger lakes also have manmade beaches, some with lifeguard supervision, where you can swim, kayak, pedalo , wind-surf or just simply relax and enjoy the sunshine. There are closer lakes to us but lake Vassiviere is one of the largest artificial lakes in France and just over 1 hour 45 drive time from Les Palennes.

Places of Interest



Limoges Is famous for its decorated porcelain, there are many factories and shops where you can see it being made, Limoges is also great if you need a bit of retail therapy too, with good restaurants, cafes and bars and a fascinating medieval quarter, it is a 35 minute drive from Les Palennes.

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Brantome is known as the Venice of France with its waterways running through the town, Kayaks can be hired at very reasonable rates to explore these charming waterways,  it is very picturesque and well worth a visit – just a 45 minute drive from Les Palennes.

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Oradour sur Glane

Oradour Sur Glane

Oradour sur Glane is the martyr village destroyed by a Nazi SS on 10 June 1944.  642 of its inhabitants, including women and children were massacred.  President Charles de Gaulle ordered that the original village be maintained as the SS left it as a permanent memorial & museum.  It is a 30 minute drive from Les Palennes.

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Rochechouart, a famous meteorite site, is a pretty little town with a lovely chateau, built in the 11th century.  Part of the Chateau has now become a museum of contemporary art as well as a centre of creativity for all ages.  Rochechouart has several excellent restaurants, as well as boulangeries, boucheries and fromagerie.  Rochechouart is just a 10 minutes drive from Les Palennes.

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Chalus is interesting and, if you are a history fan, is worth visiting as it was the place where Richard the Lionhart was fatally injured in 1199 during battle in the Second Siege of Chalus Chabrol. There are castles and sites of interest in this small town, a mere 15 minutes drive from Les Palennes.

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Confolens is a very picturesque town on the Vienne river, at its confluence with the Goire River, and surrounded by rolling pastoral countryside.  The main highlight of the town is the ‘Old Bridge’, a 13th century granite bridge with ten arches.  Confolens is a 40 minute drive from Les Palennes.

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Nearby Bars and Restaurants

Roc de Boeuf

Roc de Boeuf, Rochechouart – A favourite of ours in a great setting, seasonal produce cooked to perfection and served with flair and charm. 10 minutes drive from Les Palennes.  View website

Hotel de France, Rochechouart – Another favourite,  delicious food and to die for desserts!  View website 

La Table du Gantier, St Junien – A “Grand-mère” cuisine … a gourmet cuisine, expertly cooked, something a little different. 

Nearby Amenities

Fiona March of Oasis Beaute offers relaxing treatments from the comfort of her home salon. Treatments include eyebrow microblading, gel nails and much more. Call Fiona on 05 55 03 15 26


Linda Beaute Oradour sur Vayres is a private, professional beauty and nail salon. Linda Gardner, is a qualified beauty therapist who works from home and is a 15 minute drive from Les Palennes. Linda offers a selection of treatments, please call her on 05 55 32 14 08 or email her to discuss your requirements, go on – pamper yourself!

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