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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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                                                                                                    A lovely apartment and an ideal base for touring Creuse

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                                                                                                    We stayed for a week while property hunting. The location was ideal for our trips out each day. Both Michelle and Emma were wonderful hosts providing us with a cooked breakfast on the mornings we wanted and also lots of advice and tips on buying in France. The apartment was clean and well equipped for our needs. A very quite location which was just what we were after. We would not hesitate in recommending the apartment to any one else.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                    Perfect Cottage and Location

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                                                                                                    We spent a wonderful 10 days at La Petite Maison in early September. We took our bikes and the area was perfect for relatively easy cycling with hardly any heart stopping ascents! We cycled along peaceful roads, lined with chestnut trees and discovered picturesque small chateaux hidden away in quiet villages. The cottage was perfectly equipped and extremely comfortable both indoors and outdoors (with even a purpose built bike shed!) and the added bonus of having your own lake to sit beside and read or simply watch the dragonflies and coypu accompanied by the sound of birdsong, was idyllic. We can thoroughly recommend La Petite Maison, particularly for a couple. We often choose a property which is completely on its own but Lisa and Andy were the perfect hosts, friendly and accessible if needed but otherwise left us to enjoy our holiday as if it was our very own cottage and lake! Many thanks.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                    Excellent Gite in a beautiful location

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                                                                                                    We had a wonderful time at La Panetterie – the gite was very comfortable and the garden was a joy. It was everything we hoped it would be and, with perfect weather, it made the stay a memorable one for all the right reasons. We loved the local villages and we did quite a bit of early morning walking and saw some wonderful dawns. I drove over to Suc Au May just as the dawn was breaking - the view was stunning and I enjoyed a lovely walk around the area. We will certainly recommend La Panetterie to friends who are looking to stay in the area.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016