Finest quality Gite and Chambre d'Hôtes, close to Le Dorat in the Limousin
one of the beaches at nearby Lac St. Pardoux
Central France, especially the Limousin, is a hidden gem for cultural, historic, leisure and sporting activities. We are ideally situated to take advantage of what is on offer in the surrounding countryside and we keep a well stocked portfolio of brochures which we encourage guests to make full use of during their stay.
While we do not attempt to list all of what is available, we are pleased to include a ‘taste’ of what is on offer.
Oradour St. Genest is a pleasant walk from the gite and is the administrative centre for our commune. The local bar offers a good midday meal and it is from here you can buy a local fishing permit and enjoy a day by the plan d'eau
Le Dorat is famous for the 12th century Collégiale Saint-Pierre, which is regarded by many, as one of the finest examples of Roman architecture in the Limousin.
The town’s "Porte Bergère", the only remaining one of four original 15th century entrance gates to the city, is a feature of the guided walks through the city provided by the tourist information office located in the lower square. It has a couple of supermarkets, cinema, a porcelain factory outlet shop and several good restaurants and bars which offer a variety of entertainment throughout the main holiday season.
Fortnightly, during the summer months, an evening farmers market is held at Le Dorat. A service is provided for you to barbecue your purchases and the lower square of the city is set out with tables and chairs where you can enjoy your meal and refreshments while enjoying local entertainment which goes on late into the evening.
Just a short drive outside Le Dorat is the racecourse. Meetings are held once a month during the summer. It is a mixture of trotting, point to point and flat races all uniquely French.
Montmorillon, in the Poitou–Charentes, lies on the river Gartempe. It is known as the "Cité de l'Ecrit et des Métiers du Livre" with many events celebrating ‘the book’ through the year. It is not surprising to find many good restaurants with a choice of traditional French, Chinese and Pakistani cuisine!
“On its rocky promontory between two rivers, Poitiers displays 2000 years of history.This glorious past is still visible everywhere, cleverly combined with the contemporary city.” Says the official web site; nothing more need be said. Just outside Poitiers lies ‘Futuroscope’ a unique theme park with many 3-D shows topped off with a laser and fireworks display!
Chauvigny is dominated by its chateaux where the splendid ‘Les Géants du Ciel’ can be seen, a spectacle of birds in free flight. It also has one of the best Saturday markets around.
The name of Limoges, capital of the Limousin, is pre-eminent in the world of fine porcelain and is complimented with its many buildings of architectural interest, not least the railway station (above) where steam train outings can be taken into the glorious countryside.
For the more active, the outdoor centre at Lathus St. Remy is just 10 minutes away. It is the centre for kayaking in the Poitou-Charentes, and rock climbing, sailing and equestrian activities are also provided at the centre by bi-lingual fully qualified instructors. These activities can be mixed to provide a memorable day out for all the family.
Lac St Pardoux is a short drive away and can be either a haven of tranquillity or a hive of activity, the choice is yours! The lake has over 330 hectares of water, 3 patrolled beaches (during the summer months) with a multitude of activities to choose from - sailing, water skiing, canoe hire, horse trekking, fishing and hot air ballooning are just some.
If you go to our Links page, you will be able to visit the websites of all the places and features mentioned above and for many others in the Limousin.
Les Deux Maisons ~ Limousin gite & chambre d'hôtes