Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Nestled into the tranquil landscape, La Porcherie is a high-quality gite offering holiday accommodation for two people in the hamlet of Villemonteix, which is at the gateway to the Monts et Barrages, and the Millevaches Regional Park, in Limousin.
Renovated to a very high standard, the building (which used to house both a piggery and a bread oven) has kept all the character one would expect in a building of this nature (but the pigs have been evicted !). Wood beams and original stone walls are mixed with the comfort of modern conveniences to provide a comfortable retreat from the pressures of modern life.
Although there are steps to the entrance, ...Read more
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La Porcherie Gite Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat, Limousin, France
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The Limousin, made up of three departments - Correze, Creuse and the Haute-Vienne - is a region of beauty and tranquillity. From pasture land and forests to magnificent lakes (many of which offer water sports and/or fishing) and rivers (again with fishing!) there is little that the region does not offer in the way of places to relax or to experience something a little more energetic!
The landscape lends itself naturally to many 'countryside' pastimes whether that be horse-riding, hiking, mushroom hunting (in season), 4 x 4 or motorbike off-roading, or mountain biking. Water sports abound in this region, which after all is rightly known as the lake district of France!
Only five minutes drive from the gite is the Lac de St Helene - typical of many such lakes in this area - where you will find a small well kept beach from which to swim in safety under the watchful gaze of a lifeguard (times of cover posted at the beach).
It is a perfect place for artists and art-lovers of all genres, with a rich history in not only the porcelain and enameling for which the region is famed, but also tapestries, weaving and stained glass making. The Limousin has played host to many famous painters from Claude Monet to Armand Guillaumin and lovers of painting or photography will find much to inspire them. Limoges was the birthplace of Auguste Renoir (1841) and the Musee de l'Eveche houses a permanent display of his paintings.
The Lac de Vassiviere is about 40 minutes drive from the gite and offers not only beaches, swimming, canoeing, and water skiing, but there is an island in the middle with a chateau with gardens housing a small menagerie of animals such as llamas and donkeys. There is also an exhibition centre which hosts art shows throughout the year. In an adjacent tower, we had the worlds largest Buddhist prayer wheel rotating constantly for about 6 months! Permanent sculptures adorn the gardens.
Also near to the lake is a great place to spend some adrenalin time! Even if you are scared of heights (as we both are!) Arbre en Arbre is a fantastic way to while away a few hours doing your best Tarzan impression! From easy 'green run' clambering over the obstacles, through the 'brown run' Tyrolean zip lines to the (as yet un-attemped by us) scary scary 'black run' there is something for everyone from the biggest scaredy cat to real adrenalin junkies!
History lovers will likewise find much of interest - the countryside is dotted with antiquities from dolmens to castles, manors, abbeys and churches (many of which date from the 11th century onwards). The local medieval town of St Leonard de Noblat is on the pilgrimage route to Compostella and the emblematic shell of St Jaques can be found set into the roads and pavements of its streets. 2010 was declared a Holy Year for the pilgrimage and completion of the route gains a Plenary Indulgence ( a remission of punishment for sins already committed!) - something that in a normal year is only granted if you die en route!
The Limousin is not blessed (or some would say cursed!) with many large towns, but the capital of the region is Limoges, some 35 minutes drive east from the gite. Here you will find a host of attractions - museums (porcelain, enamels, history of the resistance, and general), porcelain factories (where you can enjoy a tour before buying a piece of Limoges to take home!), a daily (mornings only) covered market, shopping, the cathedral and other churches, gardens, an aquarium, bowling, golf, restaurants... the list goes on!
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Nearest airport: Bellegarde, Limoges, 30 miles
Car is essential