Local Information

If you want to do more than lounge around by the pool, there are many things to do and places to visit. Whether you like country walking, discovering historic towns or visiting tourist attractions, it's all within an hour's drive.

Why not treat yourself to a leisurely meal at one of the many local cafés and restaurants. The choice is wide, from a simple croque monsieur in a local café, through to a delicious three-course meal in a top-class authentic French restaurant. We can recommend several nearby Restaurants, Pizzerias and Crêperies .

Markets and Festivals

Every few days you can find a market on in one of the surrounding towns, ranging from a few stalls selling fresh fruit & veg and local made goats' cheeses, to a massive monthly market where you can buy almost anything.

Every weekend during the summer, there are fêtes and festivals to go to, from aerial festivals (with planes, helicopters, kites and hot-air balloons) to donkey & melon festivals, plant fairs, through to chestnut-roasting, cider and pumpkin festivals in October.

Producers' Markets

On alternate Thursday evenings in summer, starting mid June, there are Producers' Markets in Le Dorat. Here, you buy your chosen meat from the producers' stalls, have it barbequed by cheery local men, then buy wine, salads, bread or French fries and eat as the sun goes down, at long tables and benches set up in the square. Local bands provide entertainment and the ever-present beer-tent supplies liquid refreshment. It's a very popular, sociable and enjoyable evening.  Highly recommended.

Local towns

Le Dorat is just 10 minutes away. This medieval walled 'city' has an impressive 11th Century Collegiale church and many beautiful buildings.   You'll find pavement cafés, restaurants, shops and a cinema showing English-language films, with frequent markets in the streets and squares.

Montmorillon, just 30 minutes away,  has museums, markets and in the old quarter, the Cité de l’Écrit (city of writing), can be found many bookshops, papermakers and print craft shops, not to mention an excellent Crêperie where you can eat on the terrace beside the river.

A little further on is Chauvigny, with its Saturday market, old town with castle and cathedral and the glass-blowing studio.

Beautiful Bellac is just 25 minutes away, with steep narrow streets with views across the river gorge, riverside walk and the best patisserie in the world!

Another fascinating, if sobering, experience is to visit Oradour-sur-Glane, the site of a massacre in 1944. It's been left untouched as a memorial, with a museum built beside it. A chilling reminder of the reality of World War II.

Don't miss the horseracing day out near Le Dorat: mid-June, July & August.

Lakes and Mountains

This region is known as the Lake District of France - there are small lakes everywhere. One of the largest, Lac St. Pardoux, is great for a day's visit, having beaches, watersports, swimming and many picnic spots.

The wooded Blond Mountains are ideal for hiking, with many trails and footpaths.

Lovely Limoges

The city is famous for it's porcelain and enamelling. You can visit a porcelain factory, or the Aquarium, or indulge in excellent shopping.

Poitiers Perhaps

Poitiers is home to Futuroscope, and promises a great day's shopping in the city with many pedestrian streets and fine architecture.