Food is obviously very important to the French. The Limousin is famous for its beef and August sees the Celebration of Beef in St. Leonard de Noblat.
There is no shortage of good restaurants in the neighbourhood. For typically French menus try the Auberge de la Fontaine in Cheissoux (5 minutes by car) or the Saint Pancras in Bujaleuf (8 minutes by car).
There are a range of restaurants in St Leonard de Noblat (10 minutes by car) offering a choice from traditional French cuisine through kebabs to pizza. For more international cuisine you will need to go to Limoges where you will find everything from Chinese and Vietnamese to Japanese.
We have two pushbikes available - one ladies and one gents. They are road bikes rather than off-road, but with remarkably courteous drivers on the roads, riding around this beautiful area is a real pleasure! Remember though, that this is hilly country not Holland so be prepared to work!
No charge !!
Having been into biking ourselves for about 30 years (we used to write for biker magazines!) we like to think that we know a bit about what bikers like - and we will make you very welcome! Bikes can be parked undercover in the barn - and we've plenty of polish and rags to hand if you really feel the need to spruce up the steed whilst you're here! The roads in this region are superb for bikes - and the French have a very different attitude to bikes which makes for a very pleasant experience! We can offer advice on 'best routes'.
The local rivers and lakes are great for fishing - and at last there is a temporary fishing permit available! The permit is for either 1 day (10 Euros) or for 1 week (30.00 Euros) and covers all categories of waterways (please don't ask us to try to explain the categories to you - it's REALLY complicated! We'd rather discuss the 'off-side' rule - and we have NO knowledge of football !!) Local rivers have trout (a fishing friend has pointed us in the direction of the best spots), and Lac de Saint Helene has carp, pike, and roach amongst other species!
Not necessarily at the gite (although it is entirely up to you, of course!) but we have a local naturist camp site and we've been given permission for our guests to spend the day at the site (small daily charge applies). Check out their website at www.loussuais.com
If you've been watching programmes like Place in the Sun, and are looking for a property in this area and would like to talk to someone who has been through it we would be more than happy to sit over a glass of wine and go over the basics. We've renovated the gite and most of the house (and one day we might just finish it all!) and so can give you pointers as to the do's and don'ts. We can also put you in touch with a number of estate agents in the area, many of whom now speak very good English! No charge !!
One of the best agents in the area is our good friend Mike Dunion (he's the one in red in the tai chi picture!). He works for an agency called 'Leggett Immobilier' and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling +33 (0)7 82 22 16 82 - just so you know, we have no vested interest in your using him!
The owner, Chris, in charge of the tai-chi courses! Having studied the art for over 20 years he is qualified to offer a number of interesting possibilities! For a complete beginner, the short form (in the Yang style) may take too long to completely learn in a week, but there would certainly be enough time for a very good introduction to the art. For more experienced practitioners, he is able to offer courses in the following weapons forms:- 2 sword forms, and the truly elegant fan form.
Charges: Hourly rate 10 Euros per person
Chris was a professional photographer for over 12 years, running a successful business back in England. In 1994 he won the prestigious Professional Photographer of the Year competition, having submitted pictures for each month throughout the competition. Since then he has worked for many magazines including Super Twins, Collect it!, 100% Biker, American-V, and Antiques and Heritage Lifestyle. In addition he was the in-house photographer for KP Foods and MacVities (and yes we do miss the free samples!).
Whether you are using film or digital equipment, and whether you are a beginner or are looking to improve the quality of your results we can tailor a course to meet your needs. Choose either mornings, afternoons or full day and the subjects you would like to cover and leave the rest to us!
Charges:- Half day 25 Euros per person Full day 40 Euros