Our farmhouse “Havre de Paix” is located in a very rural area where you can take wonderful walks or bike rides in the countryside, but you can also reach the villages of Thiviers, La Coquille, Firbeix or Chalus in a short drive. There you will find plenty of supermarkets for your daily shopping but also lots of other nice shops in the old village centres.
Saturday morning there is a market in Thiviers, a real happening place where everything is traded, from bread, fish, game and poultry, vegetables and fruit, pots and pans, to plants for the home and all sorts of other things, specialty is fois gras and truffles.
Major cities in the area are Limoges, Périgueux, Sarlat and Brive.
Limoges is the porcelain city par excellence, but also has many interesting sights in the old city centre.
Périgueux has a large Shopping Centre where the Carrefour and the E.Leclerc are located. Here you will also find many different types of stores offering antique and antique items.
Closer in the neighbourhood are also several very beautiful villages, here are many good restaurants where you can eat especially delicious in the afternoon for 12-16 € per person, including wine, all of which are worth a visit.
An example is St. Jean de Côle, a village where time seems to have stood still in the last century with its monastery, 12th century church and restored water mill.
Brantôme the Venice of the north, is a beautiful village with just a little more tourism but great for a day out.
In Piegût the market is on Wednesday, the market is large and very pleasant. You should not miss the castle in Jumilhac le Grand, highly recommended.
There are also caves to visit in the area, such as the caves of Villars near Thiviers, but in the south the larger caves such as the Cathédrale de Cristal near Le Bugue Vézère are very worthwhile.
On the other hand, there is pleasant bustle, the market in Thiviers, vide greniers (flea market) and many local organized festivities throughout the year.
In the gite you will find lots of information leaflets for fun facts about these trips.
There are several swimming lakes / walking routes in the neighbourhood eg. Bussiere Gare, St Saud, St Esteve, Miallet, where dogs are allowed.
Activities & attractions
Brantome canoe, Brantome (36km)
Jacquou Parc, aqua park, Le Bugue (78km)
Spring water lake & Beach, Nantheuil (16km)
Cornille Aventure treetop adventure park, Cornille (35km)
Richard the Lionheart Route, Good start is Dournazac (23km)
Lascaux Caves in Montignac, Montignac (70km)
Castle Jumilhac-le-Grand, (16km)
La Coquille - small supermarket, bank, coffee shop, hairdresser, Brocante, bakery, chemist
Thiviers - large town with Lidl, bakery, butchers, post office, chemist, clothes boutique, coffee shops
Thiviers - Wednesday & Saturday (approx 15 mins drive / 12km)
Excideuil - Saturday (approx 40 mins drive / 30km)
Chalus - Friday (approx 20 mins drive / 22km )
Perigueux (approx 1 hour drive / 45km)
Limoges (approx 1 hour drive / 60km)