'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

 

Saint Robert

 

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

 

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

 

Lubersac is our nearest town (8 km) with all shopping facilities, bars, restaurants etc.

 

 

Meuzac

 

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.

 

  

 

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Other Places of Interest

 

Oradour Sur Glane - You will never forget your visit to this town which was devastated by the German army in 1944 and has been left untouched 

- 55 km

 

La Grotte de Lascaux  - The famous decorated grottos of the Vezere Valley  - 55 km

 

Uzerche -  This small town is spread up a rocky outcrop, which is circled by a meander in the Vézére River - there are good views from the higher parts especially around St Eulalie. The old town gateway - Porte Becharie - and the Church of Saint-Pierre are the main highlights of this walled town. - 20 km

 

Solignac - Home of a beautiful Abbatiale Church - 29 km

 

Tulle -A lovely place with a 12th century cathedral, City Museum, Maison de Loyac, and a famous cathedral cloister

 - 40 km

 

Objat -  The sunday morning market at Objat is a must

 - 29 km

 

Gimel-les-cascades Breathtaking waterfalls 

- 41 km

 

Lac Vassiviere - One of the largest lakes in France

 - 58 km

 

 

What to eat?

 

Limousin is known for its wonderful soup called bréjaude, eaten with rye bread, and so thick with cabbage and other vegetables that a spoon will stand up in it. Other traditional dishes include a variety of stews such as potée, cabbage stew, cassoulet, beans and pork and sauced dishes, accompanied by chestnuts or rye pancakes. The famous Limousin beef of the region is extremely tender and full of flavour. Deserts include thick home-made cakes: clafoutis with cherries, flaugnarde with apples, galette Corrézienne, and the almond cake of the Creuse.

 

 

 

 

Local Places of Interest