Paul's Barn in France
Out & about
There are many great places to visit in the area.
The local lake, Lac Pardoux is just seven miles away and offers beautiful scenery and safe bathing.
It has three lovely sandy beaches with life guards on duty throughout the summer. You can choose to sunbathe and swim or hire pedalos, sailing boats or even water ski!
The tranquil Monts de Blond are stunning hills which are also only seven miles away and offer miles and miles of wonderful
marked footpaths and cycle routes.
The charming ancient town of Montmorrillon is situated on the banks of the Gartempe river. Specialising in all aspects of books this town has many bookshops in the restored medieval quarter. We suggest that you visit Montmorrillon on a Wednesday to take advantage of the weekly market and then soak up the atmosphere in one of the pavement cafes.
For a really fun family day out you can go on the Velo rail located in the picturesque town of Confolens. This runs on an ancient railway line in the Charente-Limousine and each "carriage" takes up to five people comfortably.
Whilst two of you power the carriage by cycling the rest of you can sit back and enjoy the beautiful countryside. All five of you can take turn cycling and after a welcome refreshment break your carriage gets turned round and you cycle back to the start point.
The above are just tasters of what attractions there are in the area.
Others include the lively cosmopolitian university city of Limoges which is only a 25 minute drive away, it has an indoor market, cathedral and porcelain outlets for which the city is famous for.
The small town of Oradour Sur Glane is perhaps the most painful symbol to the French of the German atrocities of the Second World war. On the 10th June 1944, just a few days after D-Day almost all of the occupants were slaughtered by the Germans. The ruined village and memorial museum offer a fascinating insight into the terrors of that day. For more information click here www.oradour.info