Le Dorat: (3km) The local village of Le Dorat (illustrated above) has every amenity that you might need such as a bakery (four to choose from), two pharmacies, charcuterie, supermarket, newsagent, a shop with regional products, a weekly market and a number of cafés. Despite being a ‘village’ of only around 2000 inhabitants it has a thriving community and a number of interesting historic features. Built during the 11th and 12th century, the Collégiale St. Pierre is one of the most important Roman churches in the region and the Porte Bergère is a surviving gatehouse that formed part of the 14th Century fortifications. Every other Thursday in July and August the ‘Marché des Producteurs’ is an evening farmers’ market with a vast choice of produce, some of which can be grilled for you on the spot!

Limoges: (55km), the closest large city to us has two interesting cathedrals and, being the home of French porcelain, a number of factory tours from the various manufacturers still based there (with shops attached). You can also visit the mediaeval butchers’ district built in 1471 with its half-timbered buildings or stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants in the city centre that offer world famous Limousin beef.

Oradour Sur Glane (45km): the martyr village, now an important national monument and a reminder of the horrors of war. An interactive visitors centre clearly explains the facts in English and French.

Other towns of interest close by include: Montmorillon (28km), know as the ‘city of writers’, St. Savin (45km) with its Abbey church and 11th and 12th century murals (listed since 1983 as a UNESCO world heritage site) and Poitiers (75km). Called the city of a hundred bells it has a combination of interesting architecture, a wide range of shops and the high-tech Futuroscope park located to the North.

Activities: if you want to expend some energy there are plenty of activities located close to us. The regional kayaking centre is at Lathus (13km) and apart from being able to canoe down the Gartempe river, they also offer white water rafting, horse riding, rock climbing and archery. For golfers an 18 hole golf course is at St. Junien (45km) which has a welcoming club house and is set in a stunning natural park, a 9 hole course is located near Mortemart (24km) and another 18 hole course is south of Limoges (55km).