How will you spend your days at La Charnière? For those that would rather stay put and relax, this charming cottage offers all the warmth, cosiness and amenities of home whether you want to try your hand at cooking up a local dish, relax and sunbathe in the garden, take a dip in the jacuzzi with cocktail in hand, or snuggle up with a good book. However, for those wanting to explore, our area of France has a whole host of attractions, events, and points of interest that can provide plenty to do year-round.
Being on the edge of three popular departments- Charente, Haute Vienne, and Dordogne means there is so much to explore! Below is just a small selection of things to do in our area:
Lac de Saint Estephe is a wonderful venue whether for a circuit walk of the lake, an afternoon at the beach, or lunch at one of the lakeside restaurants. As well as this there is kayaking and lake swimming over the summer months. A short walk from the lake is Roc Branlant, a unique rock formation offering a scenic circular walk.
Cassiniomagus presents outstanding Gallo-Roman remains in a landscape of 15 hectares, which you will discover including the best preserved and most monumental baths in France. It is a vast archaeological park to be experienced with guided tours of the thermal baths’, an information centre and gardens to explore.
Les Salles Lavauguyon is home to frescos in its abbey that date back to the 15th century. A short walk from the church and priory is the remains of Chateau Lavauguyon which is in the process of restoration.
Piégut-Pluviers holds a fantastic market every Wednesday of the year bustling with locals and tourists shopping for local produce and products. There is also a selection of cafes and bars to stop off at for a drink, and a selection of nice restaurants. Just a short walk from the market is the Tour de Piégut, an interesting remnant of the Richard the Lionheart era which also holds an important place in the history of this region.
Aventure Parc is located in Massignac and for guests feeling a little more energetic offers a range of activities including tree top climbing, ziplines and water sports. This is also located near the lakes of Haute Charente which offers beaches, water sports, lake swimming and a bar. Espace Hermaline, near Bussiere Galant, is a similar place. It also offers tree top climbing, zip line and other outdoor activities, such as mini-golf and vélorail.
The museum of contemporary art located in the magnificent Chateau Rochechouart, dating from the 15th century, offers visitors the opportunity to appreciate the art and explore the castle itself at the same time, including rare examples of 16th-century frescoes, its Renaissance-style courtyard and gardens overlooking the valley. The castle is also close to the market town of Rochechouart, which is the epicenter of the meteoritic zone, with its interesting meteorite trail and the nearby Plan d’eau Boischenu.
The medieval fortress Châlucet near Chalus is one of the main heritage sites of Limousin. We are also a few minutes’ drive from many other castles, including the Chateau La Rochefoucauld, Chateau de Brie, Chateau Chalus-Chabrol, Chateau Les Cars and Chateau Montbrun.
Terraventura is an increasingly popular pastime in the area. Online orienteering, similar to geo-caching in the UK, offers a way to explore the region while looking for treasure! There are numerous ‘Randonnee’ itineraries in the area, allowing you to explore the Limousin countryside through pre-planned on-road and off-road routes. Maps of local walks and hikes are provided in the property. Bike rentals can also be arranged via Bike Hire Direct for those who prefer to explore on two wheels!
For those looking for more fun on the beach during the hot season, we are also close to the lakes of Saint Mathieu, Plan d’Eau Videix, Saint Saud Lacoussière, Espace Hermaline, Lake Saint Pardoux and Plan d’eau Grand Prairie that is home to Jump 16 – a fun inflatable course on the lake. All of these sites offer beaches, lakeside bars and restaurants, and various water sports such as paddle boating, kayaking and paddle boarding.
For those looking for a little more activity during their breaks, several sites are available nearby: bowling, swimming, climbing, karting, horse riding, fishing and golf. We are only 10 minutes from the Golf International de La Prèze with an 18-hole pitch and putt and an 18-hole championship course. Just up the road in the Maisonnais is also the base of the Balloons of Périgord-Limousin where it is possible to go on an aerial adventure to see the region from above- perfect for a romantic outing or special occasion.