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Make a holiday rental cottage or villa in Limousin your home away from home

Limousin is considered one of the best-kept secrets in France. A stunning rural region filled with lakes, rolling valleys and forested mountains crossed by fish filled rivers. The tiny hamlets and villages conceal treasures of French rural life, and some of the finest rural cottages and gites in Limousin. Taking any of the Limousin holiday accommodation available will ensure you enjoy a relaxing and tranquil holiday surrounded by fabulous scenery, wildlife and the diverse rural cultures of 'real' France.

Things to do in Limousin, France

The landscape of Limousin has a long history, from the pre-historic to the Romans, and the heather strewn moorlands were the inspiration for many of Monet's famous paintings. There are a huge number of important sites and town's in France's history, from Limoges, the porcelain centre with the towering cathedral, to Bourganeuf, the centre of the Templa Knights, and from the remains of the city gates in La Southerraine to Chalus, where Richard the Lionheart was fatally wounded.

For food lovers, there is plenty to fill a self catering Limousin holiday rental. Limousin specialises in sheep and the Limousin cattle bred in the region. Fish from the mountain streams and the fruit and mushrooms from the miles of forests and fruit plantations mean that there are plenty of local delicacies to experiment with in a self catering Limousin cottage, not to mention the cheese and gateaux famous in Limousin.

Limousin is a rural area, and therefore there is no end of fabulous walking, cycling and horse riding options. From a Limousin holiday property you also have the flexibility to take a kayak on one of the Mountain Rivers, white water raft or fish along the peaceful banks of the streams and lakes.

There are also a great variety of golf courses available in Limousin. Taking a Limousin gite or holiday cottage will let you enjoy the nine golf courses in Limousin, all of which are open to visitors all year round.

From a Limousin property, you can also enjoy hot air ballooning or tackling the world's largest maze of Le Labyrinthe, which holds within its magnitude of paths a number of clues to help you, and giant games to occupy you when you get lost!

Places to holiday in Limousin, France

The region is split into three departments, Correze, Haute-Vienne and Creuse. The tapestry museum in Aubusson is a huge attraction in Creuse, and has helped it become a major tourist centre. It is highly rural, covered in forestry, with Limousin holiday properties sparse, but idyllic.

Weather in Limousin, France

Summer temperatures in Limousin often reach over 32°C, sometimes even soaring to 40°C, and staying in a Limousin holiday rental will expose you to 2000 hours of sun per year. However, the winters are long, and snow is not uncommon, as Limousin is mainly an upland area.

Travel to Limousin, France

Limoges Airport (LIG) now receives regular flights from the UK. RyanAir have opened up this remote rural region, and the gems of rural France are being discovered with delight, and holiday cottages in Limousin have become hugely popular.

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                                                                                                        Christine's gite is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday.. The gite is first class with all the things you need including washing machine and dishwasher. There is a TV with English channels too. It's very pleasant to sit outside and enjoy the silence. There are local shops including a small supermarket. The area is very quiet but with plenty to do. There is a lovely cycle path from the village to Chalus 13 km away.there are cycles to hire locally but We walked it and stopped off at a restaurant which used to be a station. the whole path is shaded by a canopy of trees so very pleasant on a hot day. Christine, owner of the gite, lives next door and is a lovely lady for whom nothing is too much trouble. She is very friendly and really interesting to talk to. Thank you Christine, see you next year. Marilyn & Leslie
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                                                                                                        Lovely relaxing stay in the Limousin countryside

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                                                                                                        Teasel Cottage is a delightful little gîte on a working smallholding, ideal for lovers of peace and tranquillity. We were welcomed with a basket of Julie's fresh goat's cheese, bread, eggs and a bottle of organic wine - very useful as we arrived late on a Saturday. There is a comfortable kitchen/living room, large bedroom with spacious en-suite and a sitting area behind the gîte. We were also able to use their laundry facilities - handy as we'd been travelling for almost a week before arriving. There a lots of animals around; goats, sheep, chickens (and cockerel), cats and a dog - plenty going on! are a couple of good supermarkets at Boussac (15 miles) which are open all day till the evening and Sunday mornings, also with 24-hour petrol stations attached. The area is typically quiet for that part of France, but there was a music festival at the time and we were treated to a lovely concert in the church of Nouzerines (5 miles) performed by a family of 5 children aged from 6-11 years. In Tercillat we found a cafe/restaurant owned by an English family which had only opened a couple of weeks before (Snack de Jack - open from 10am-6pm Tues-Sat and 11am-5pm Sundays ), serving mainly British fare (including a cream tea, which was a bit of a treat after a long walk in the 30+ degree heat on one of the days) handy, as most small bars and cafes in France are closed in the afternoons. We visited Toulx-Sainte-Crois with its amazing tower with 360 degree views over the countryside - you can see for miles! Nearby are the Pierres de Jaumâtres, strange and enormous rocks perched atop a hill - with cafe/restaurant (and loos!) by the car park. We ventured further afield to the Creuse valley as recommended by Julie, visiting Gargilesse-Dampierre, one of the prettiest towns in France (avoid the public loos - go to the bar and use theirs!) After that we had our picnic lunch by the Lac d'Éguzon, a lake created by a dam with water-sports available in the summer. In June it was relatively peaceful and the nearby town of Éguzon looks like it has lots of facilities and shops. We moved on to Crozant to see the ruined castle which you can pay to visit, but we drove on to park in the village to view it from above. One day we went all the way to Aubigny-sur-Nère and Brouges - well worth a visit if you can. Julie and Peter were lovely hosts and have done amazing things on their little farm using recycled materials and their own labour - we wish them all the best :-)
                                                                                                        • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
                                                                                                        • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                                        Lovely house and location

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                                                                                                        Welcomed by Lisa and Andy to a wonderful house in wonderful grounds. Lake and large areas to explore and lovely enclosed garden area to eat out. Lots to do in the surrounding area. Can't fault it excellent time was had. The Locks from Kent
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                                                                                                        • Date of Stay: Jun 2016