You will find us nestled in the heart of the tiny tranquil hamlet of La Besse, which forms part of the Videix commune. Located in the Haute Vienne department of the old Limousin region; which is now part of the much larger, Nouvelle-Aquitaine.
We are situated within the Perigord-Limousin Park Natural, an area designated for its outstanding beauty, wild life and natural sites.
We are also within the National Nature Reserve astrobleme Rochechouart-Chassenon (Meteorite Reserve) where a meteorite hit the earth around 200 million years ago. Many older buildings in this area are made of the special ‘meteorite impactite-rock’ including our gites.
We are perfectly situated for discovering more than just the Limousin, being located close to the Charente / Haute-Vienne / Dordogne borders. The longer we live here, the more we explore ~ helped immensely by our great gite guests who keep finding places we didn’t even know existed!
Just minutes away are the very popular ‘Grand Lacs de Charente’ where you can swim, sunbathe, hire paddle boards and kayaks etc.
Our closet lake at just 3km away, offers you two sandy beaches, two cafe / brasseries, a lakeside pub and a nautical centre ~ making it an ideal place to spend the day (or week!).
We are equidistant between the small cities of Limoges and Angouleme ~ approximately 45minutes east and west. And the larger towns of St Junien and La Rochefoucauld ~ approximately 25minutes east and west.
Our nearest town is Rochechouart being just 10km away. It has all the amenities you need, including restaurants, shops (including two small supermarkets) post office, chemist, small museum, church and chateau. The chateau houses a modern art display; and the church boasts a very rare, twisted roof spire.
the map below shows our location
Right on our doorstep are many footpaths that will take you off into some wonderful countryside to explore the flora and fauna; with 25 different known species of orchids, the hunt is on. The Limousin is famous for its Oak and Chestnut forests as well as its many lakes, ponds, brooks and streams.
If it is modern history you are interested in then Oradour-sur-Glane is a must place to visit. The original town was destroyed on 10 June 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. A new village was built after the war on a nearby site, but on the orders of the then French president, Charles de Gaulle, the whole original village has been maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.
There is just so much going on that you are spoilt for choice: From brocantes and vide greniers for those interested in “old stuff” to fetes, markets and artisan festivals that celebrate all sorts of foods and modern crafts.
Music festivals and concerts play a large part of French life and this is very apparent in the Limousin where there is always something to listen to whatever your taste, from classical to rock / from blues to folk; whatever your preference of venue from open air festivals to concerts, to simple impromptu gatherings in bars and bistro’s!
The Limousin Quick View
Known as ‘the land of lakes and woodland’ everything is around you, waiting to be discovered; it is perfect for those of you who love being outdoors cycling, walking or running. With 25000 acres of water in its lakes and rivers it is perfect for swimming, water-sports or fishing. And, if you want to get a real birds-eye-view of the area you can even take a hot air balloon ride, which often departs from the local lake.
The Limousin is rural France at its very best, with rolling green hills, woodland, rivers and crystal clear lakes along with sleepy villages and towns to discover. Come and relax here, and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
Specialties of the Limousin
- Wild Mushrooms
- Clafoutis, a desert of black cherries baked in batter
- Gatueau Creusois, a butter and almond cake
- La Potee Limisine, a pork stew cooked with vegetables
- Pate de Terre, a layered potato pie topped with cream and herbs baked in a puff pastry
- Walnut and hazelnut liquor
- Limousin Cider