The journey takes you through a beautiful canopy of trees to the outskirts of Bourganeuf and on your return journey stop and enjoy a cool drink and snacks served on the terrace of the station, originally built in 1883.
Bosmoreau-les-Mines Mining Museum
The Mine Museum traces the history of coal exploitation and lives of miners from 1784-1958 in seven exhibition halls, The walk "mine roads" is the open air museum where you can discover the ancient mining sites.
Elevage de Bisons du Palais is something different, a bison farm, close to Bosmoreau-les-Mines. You can also hire horses for ride outs.
year 1103 saw the village become home to the Knights of St John, who built a castle here.
Prince Cem Sultan, pretender to the throne of the Ottoman Empire, was kept prisoner here in the fifteenth century. In 1886, the commune was the third place in all of France to be supplied with power using hydroelectricity. Thanks to French engineer, Marcel Deprez, the waterfalls of the river were harnessed to light up the streets, mairie, shops and cafes. Oh and of course Golf !
A light industrial town, the largest in the department, with a diverse historic scene including the Church of St Pierre & St Paul dating back to the 13th Century, the Hotel de Moneyroux, the Presidial, 17th Century Chateau of Sainte Feyrer, a giant Labyrinth, the Courtille Lake and Chabrieres forest to name a few.
During a pleasant stroll in the woodland in the heart of a nature reserve, let yourself be guided towards the wildest places. Climb to the top of the wooden battlements. Take the time to study, listen to and discover the wolf. With a keen and discreet eye, observe the wolf's natural habits: from cuddles to flashes of fangs, from bathing to feeding, from curiosity to fear. A shaded circuit with several observation points from where you can unexpectedly catch the eyes of this fascinating predator.
Limoges is known for its medieval and Renaissance enamels (Limoges
enamels) on copper, for its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges
porcelain) and for its oak barrels which are used for Cognac production.
With its 47 km of shoreline Lake Vassivière is more than 1000 hectares of clear waters flowing from the Plateau de Millevaches. Timeless landscapes and so much wealth that lead you into an exotic adventure, an unusual and authentic experience.
Live the adventure on Lake Vassivièrer: canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, ... and then you have the outdoors: hiking
and mountain biking, or horseback riding on the shores trail. With a restaurant that travels across the Lake or the unique water taxis you are free to explore.
The Aubusson tapestry manufacture of the 17th and 18th centuries managed to compete with the royal manufacture of Gobelins tapestry and the privileged position of Beauvais tapestry. Tapestry manufacture at Aubusson, in the upper valley of the Creuse in central France, may have developed from looms in isolated family workshops established by Flemings that are noted in documents from the 16th century.
On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in then Nazi occupied France was destroyed, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a Nazi Waffen-SS company. A new village was built nearby after the war, but French President Charles de Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.
Masgot and its statues
The ruins of Crozant
The modern freschoes of the Sous-Parsat Church
If you feel energetic use the magnitude of lanes to cycle along (and don't worry, we can even supply the cycles too!)
For the motorcyclists who also want to do a bit of "off roading", unlike some other countries, here in France, unless it is marked "privee" or "Chasse", all country tracks and lanes are available for you to explore, in fact in some parts you can travel for miles without using a main road!
And for those interested in the open roads, we have self guides for the best roads for motorcyclists in the area and Bryan is a very experienced biker and on request can give guided tours, plus at the end of the day you can store your pride and joy in our secure barn .
But, if you just want to chill and relax with a good book. This is definitely the place for you! There is so much to see!
Bryan and Cath have done their own exploring prior to and after moving to the Creuse, a glimpse of some of their travels you can see through this website
The nearest airport (Bellegarde) is on the outskirts of Limoges about fifty minutes drive away serviced regularly with flights by various airports from the UK by Ryanair and Flybe.