The Creuse

The department Creuse is named after the river Creuse and located in the northwestern part of the Massif Central. 
The Creuse is the perfect place for relaxing and recharging your batteries, this department boasts beautiful, wild and unspoiled nature. Peaceful landscapes of bucolic hills, flower-filled prairies, lakes and beautiful forests crossed by hiking trails, as well as a rich architectural and artistic heritage in the shape of interesting towns and Romanesque castles.

The property is located near St. Pierre Cherignat, a small village (population 169) with a total area of 23.72 km² (9.16 sq mi). For comparison: the total area is similar to Grenoble (France) with a population of 166.000 or Worcester (UK) with a population of 102.000! On 5.1 km (3 mi) from the Holiday Home in the small village Sauviat-sur-Vige you will find a bakery and a small grocery store for you daily shopping as well as a Post Office and a gas station. Once a week there is a small market with local products.

Towns worth mentioning are Bourganeuf (15,5 km, 10 mi),  Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat (25 km. 15 mi) and Limoges 42 km, 26mi).



 Bourganeuf village square

Bourganeuf is a city of character offering an exceptional life. The diversity of landscapes, rich heritage, unspoilt nature combine to create a relaxed lifestyle that tourists and newcomers particularly appreciate.
The 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.

bourganeuf abbey

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.

In Bourganeuf there is a Carrefour as well as an Aldi market.
Visit http://bourganeuf.fr/ for mor information about Bourganeuf.



Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat view from the river

Situated in the heart of the Vienne valley, on the Way of St James (Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route), Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat is a charming medieval town, which has preserved a rich architectural heritage. Walking through the squares and narrow streets, visitors will discover beautiful old houses and a magnificent 11th- and 12th-century Romanesque collegiate church topped by a remarkable bell tower.

Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route

Saint-Léonard church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site part of the World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France. It is named after Saint Leonard of Noblac. 
Raymond Poulidor, considered by some as the most popular racing cyclist in France, lived lived here until his death on November 13, 2019. Poulidor's best victory was in Milan-Sanremo.

In Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat there is a Leader Price, a Carrefour and an Aldi Market.



limoges fountain in front of the train station

The city proper was founded as Augustoritum by the Romans, around 10 BC: "rito-" is Gaulish for "ford". The foundation was part of the reorganization of the province by the emperor Augustus, hence the new name. According to tradition, a temple consecrated to Venus, Diana, Minerva and Jupiter was located near the modern cathedral. The city was on the typical Roman square plan, with two main streets crossing in the centre. It had a Senate and a currency of its own, a sign of its importance in the imperial age. Later, like many towns and cities in Gaul, it was renamed after the tribe (here the Lemovices) whose chief town it was; "Lemovices" subsequently evolved into "Limoges", and "Lemovicinus" for the area around changed into "Limousin".

Limoges old town

Today 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 and Bordeaux production.

There are hundreds of restaurants in Limoges, ranging from the typical French cuisine to Spanish and Asian restaurants. Also you will find there various clothing stores and there even is a Galeries Lafayette which is an upmarket French department store chain.
Visit https://www.limoges.fr for more information about Limoges.


Lac de Vassivière

The lac de Vassivière or Vassivière Lake is one of France's largest artificial lakes.
It's a large man-made reservoir of about 10 square kilometres (2,500 acres) and it is surrounded by more than 7,600 hectares (19,000 acres) of land of ecological interest.

Vassivierre Lake

The lake offers a varied range of leisure activities, from sailing to canoeing through fishing, bathing, pedal-boating and water-skiing! Art lovers are also catered because Vassivière island is home to a contemporary art and landscape centre, the Centre International d'Art et du Paysage, and a sculpture park.
The lake has become the most important area for sport, and especially water sports, in the region and is 45 km (27 mi) from St. Pierre Cherignat.

Vassivierre Lake Summer