An introduction to the region of Limousin

Limousin is a département of central France situated in the western foothills of the Massif Central. The main towns in the area are Limoges and Brive la Gaillarde, a delightful medieval town packed with grand architecture and history. With undulating hills and a bounty of home produced foods, gites in Limousin make the perfect base from which to enjoy this peaceful, rural paradise. The area has lent its name to the reddish-brown breed of cattle which graze the landscape and provide exceptional beef.

The area is noted for its arts and crafts which make beautiful souvenirs of a holiday spent in this lovely area of France. Limoges is world-famous for its tasteful porcelain and enamelware, usually decorated with a charming rural scene. The town of Tulle gave its name to “tulle” fine lace and Aubusson is an historic centre for tapestries and weaving.

A self-catering holiday in Limousin will suit those looking for a quiet escape in this hidden gem, with many delightful places to visit and some local gastronomic indulgences to enjoy.

Things to do and places to see

A comfortable gite in Limousin puts visitors in the heart of the area’s attractions. The unspoilt countryside is just waiting to be explored and is ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding. Local tourist offices can provide trails for mountain-biking and hiking. The numerous lakes offer safe beaches for sunbathing and quiet waters for windsurfing, kayaking, fishing and swimming. Canoeists on the small rivers will be challenged by small rapids with kingfishers and buzzards providing fleeting companionship. In the winter, the higher mountain areas offer cross-country skiing from your villa rental front door.

Must-see highlights include the Plateau de Millevaches, the “place of a thousand springs” where otters and wildlife reside undisturbed. It can easily be reached by steam train which runs on Sundays in the summer between Limoges and Ussel.

Craft lovers should make time to visit the Tapestry Museum in Aubusson and the sculpture park beside Lake Vassivière.

The picturesque villages around the Corrèze, such as the red sandstone village of Collonges-la-Rouge and the medieval town of St-Robert add to the charm of this idyllic area.

Making the most of your holiday in Limousin

Spring and autumn are lovely times to visit the Limousin and summers are long and hot. Due to the hilly terrain the Limousin does have regular showers, so have a list of indoor attractions, museums and churches ready for those inclement days.

Most villages hold summer fetes and festivals which are an excellent opportunity to enjoy the local culture.

Finally, be prepared to try some of the local cider and Limousin cuisine as part of your French holiday experience. Truffles, duck, goose and chestnuts are the local delicacies. Fresh trout, pike and perch come from the local rivers and the black cherry calfoutis dessert is quite divine.

Travel to Gites in Limousin

The easiest way to get to your gite in Limousin is by flying to Limoges and picking up a car rental to allow you to fully explore the area. Alternatively, the high-speed TGV train from Paris makes the journey fast and easy.

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 Argentat, Limousin
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 Argentat - Limousin
4-room house 95 m2 on 2 levels: living/dining room 30 m2 with TV. 1 room with 1 double bed. Kitchenette (4 hot plates, dishwasher, microwave) with dining table. Shower/WC. Upper floor: 1 room with sloping ceilings with rooflight with 1 double bed. 1 ...more details available
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Le Serre des Granges Montaulieu, Limousin
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Le Serre des Granges Montaulieu - Limousin
Authentic house with heated pool, privacy and views in the Drôme Provençale. ...more details available
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Le Hameau du Moulin Montignac, Limousin
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Le Hameau du Moulin Montignac - Limousin
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Le Hameau du Moulin Montignac, Limousin
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Le Hameau du Moulin Montignac - Limousin
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La Fermette Veyrignac, Limousin
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La Fermette Veyrignac - Limousin
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Les Volets Bleus Montaulieu, Limousin
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Les Volets Bleus Montaulieu - Limousin
Tasteful house from the 12th century, beautiful views. ...more details available
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Les Demeures du Lac Casteljaloux, Limousin
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Les Demeures du Lac Casteljaloux - Limousin
Beautiful forest rich park with swimming pool, at the Lac de Clarens. ...more details available
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Le Hameau du Moulin Montignac, Limousin
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Le Hameau du Moulin Montignac - Limousin
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La Fermette Veyrignac, Limousin
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La Fermette Veyrignac - Limousin
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Les Demeures du Lac Casteljaloux, Limousin
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Les Demeures du Lac Casteljaloux - Limousin
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