'Les Plus Beaux' Villages of France
The Limousin has 7 'Plus Beaux' Villages of France; 6 of which can be found in the Correze. Two are within very easy access of Le Pelateau:
Segur-le-Chateau (14 km)
Saint-Robert (31 km)
However all the villages are easily accessible and are recommended.
Segur le Chateau
Beautifully placed on the Auvézère River, Ségur-le-Chateau is overlooked by the ruins of the castle - dating from the 12th century.
A cluster of unspoiled houses runs along the river underneath the rock behind. It is a very quiet and charming place - ambling through the tranquil setting and the narrow streets of the village it's hard to guess that in the Middle-Ages this was an important local centre for the region. In the summer there is an evening market where you can buy your BBQ supper and eat it by the river; for more details see http://www.segur-prior.eu/village.html
The village is arranged around a Benedictine monastery built by the followers of Saint Robert and was the scene of violent religious clashes; however a fine fortified 12C Romanesque church and stately freestone houses still remain intact from those times in this hilly countryside on the borders of Corrèze and Dordogne.
Limoges and Brive la Gaillarde
Both the cities of Limoges (37 km) and Brive la Galliarde (41 km) are within easy reach of Le Pelateau; we can recommend a good restaurant at both places and both cities are well worth a visit. Limoges is of course most famous for its porcelain which is readily available in the region. Brive is home to an internationally renowned Rugby team and in season we may be able to secure tickets for home games. Brive also has a brilliant Saturday morning market.
Pompadour (14 km) is famous for the Château Louis XV presented to his mistress Madame de Pompadour. Louis also founded (1761) the stud farm which has made Pompadour a center of horse- breeding (Anglo-Arab horses) and racing (races nearly every Sunday in summer). The National Stud (Haras National) is a must to visit.
Lubersac is our nearest town (8 km) with all shopping facilities, bars, restaurants etc.
There are 2 lakes at Meuzac which is only 5 minutes from Le Pelateau. On the larger lake, in July, Meuzac plays host to an international water skiing championship and water skiing is available for all from April to September. The other smaller lake is used for swimming and has a beach area and bar.