The Creuse (Department 23)

Views of Vassiviere Is one of the least populated departments in France. It is renowned for its peaceful, unspoilt countryside, dramatic landscapes and breathtaking views and lots of water, everywhere. It has rivers full of Trout, Trench, Roach, Carp, and Pike, just pick up a fishing license from your local bar tabac and get casting.

Being one of the most undiscovered regions of France the roads are empty of traffic and offer the car and motorcyclist freedom to ride. At Le Petit Lac we offer secure parking for motorbikes and B&B stopovers to recuperate you on your travels.

The Le Petit Lac is only a 5 minute walk from the town centre of Bourganeuf for all bars, restaurants, estate agents (English speaking) and local square with shops but we are surrounded by countryside to give a feel of seclusion.

Typical Creuse Lake The Creuse is well known among French cyclists for its mountain biking and downhilling with the French Mountain Bike Cup and stages in the MTB Tour de France held here almost every year. There are hundreds of kilometres of marked paths and newly constructed downhill runs which aren't for the faint hearted.

Also throughout the Creuse region there are numerous small towns and villages each with it's own character with bars and cafes where you can sit and watch the world go by. The landscape has been celebrated by artists such as Monet and Renoir and has parts known as George Sand country (after the author).

Bourganeuf

View of Bourganeuf
Le Petit Lac is in the town of Bourganeuf which is situated in the Creuse but close to the Haute Vienne border. It is a medieval town and has a traditional French market weekly for all your local produce including vegetables, meat & cheeses. There are also English speaking estate agents for those tempted to buy in this beautiful region. You can play a round of golf on the 9 hole golf course in Bourganeuf or take a look at the Electricity museum, conveniently situated next door to the Petit Lac (Bourganeuf was one of the first towns in France to have electricity)

Lac de Vassivière

Vassivière Is a man made lake of 1000 hectares where you can enjoy windsurfing, canoeing, water-skiing, sailing, boat trips, rambling, riding, cycling and of course fishing! In the summer period the beach areas have lifeguards for safe bathing, volleyball and a fun park for the children. You can take a tour of the lake by boat and there is a restaurant boat where you can enjoy either lunch or dinner. It is now possible to do a full circuit of the lake on foot or on mountain bikes.The island on Vassivière is a great place to visit with animals, an art gallery and of course beautiful views. The island itself covers 173 acres of land, formerly part of vast estates once owned by the Vassivière family whose stately home still stands on the original site.

Parc d'arbre en arbre

Zip wire


Vassivière – An ariel ropes course challenge made up of 7 daring circuits including 90 games. Giant swings, tirolien zip, suspension bridges… suitable for ages 4 to adult. Well worth a visit.



Oradour-sur-Glane

Oradour-sur-Glane A memorial to the innocents situated in the Haute Vienne, between St-Junien and Bellac, Oradour is a village like no other. It is kept as a memorial to the horrific massacre that was visited on it and its inhabitants by a retreating German SS Panzer division. In all 642 men, women and children were killed on 10th June 1944. The men were rounded up and shot, whilst the women and children were imprisoned in the church which was then set alight. Oradour, until this time had pretty much escaped the war, but what happened that fateful day ensured that people the world over would come to know of Oradour and the crime committed against it; which was horrific even by Nazi standards.

Guéret

Giant maze
The Capital of the Creuse department and great for shopping, has an indoor swimming pool and also has a lake with safe swimming, a large inflatable is placed in the lake in the summer for the children to play on for a small charge. You will also find children's games and plenty of picnic places around the lake. You will find the wolf park and a giant maze near to the town and the Forêt de Chabrières where you can find marked walks and is popular with mountain bikers.


Limoges

The Capital City of the Limousin and is in the Haute Vienne region. It is around 50km from Le Petit Lac about a 50 minute drive and where you will find the airport (Bellegarde) with daily flights from many UK destinations and flights to and from Paris.

There is an indoor shopping centre, Centre Saint Martial, and Les Halles, is the covered market; which is a nineteenth-century iron and glass structure. The alleyways inside are full of atmosphere, noise and bustle and tempting smells of mouth-watering French food.

Limoges train station Make sure you take a look at the buildings around Limoges as the architecture is good especially look at the train station the Gare des Benedictins and the Saint-Etienne cathedral

There is also a lake for picnics or walking, the Uzurat Lake. The river Vienne flows through Limoges.

At the Aquarium du Limousin you will find more than 300 species and 2500 fish, this aquarium in the heart of Limoges is definitely worth a visit.

You will find a Zoo at Limoges, called Le Parc du Reynou. From April to the end of September it is open every day from 10am until 8pm. They advertise having more than 550 animals in the park from Lions, Tigers to Giraffes and Monkeys.

Take a nostalgic sightseeing trip on a steam train. The 100km route runs between Limoges and Ussel, through spectacular gorges and rolling hills and across the plateau des Millesvaches. Punctuated by shows, stops for lunch and a choice of walks and visits. Vienne Vezere Vapeur offers a great range of itineries and themes.

Parc Bellevue

Bellevue park

Here is a great place for the children to have fun and it's just one kilometre from Limoges airport. This children's funfair has everything from miniature golf to go karting, trampolines, boating pond, bumper cars, train rides, swimming pool, children's zoo and much much more.




If Châteaux are your thing then you won't be disappointed with many to be found in the Creuse area.
Just a few listed below:

Château Villemonteix Le Château de Villemonteix Chénérailles Le Château de Chantemille Château Chantemille
Château Théret Ahun Le Château du Théret La Saunière Le Château de Boussac Château de Boussac

Skiing

Skiing
Le Mont Dore Ski resort is less than a two hour drive from Le Petit Lac and offers various skiing activities from downhill and cross-country to snowboarding, sledging. This is a predominently french resort and the season is from December to April each year, it is ideal for a winter break for the novice or the more experienced skier. There are plenty of places for sledging for the kids (and the big kids!) which is brilliant fun. Don't expect to pay the Alps prices either!


This is just a small sample of the many activities and features of our area.