The area and how to get there
More about Limousin
Limousin covers three areas – we are in south-west Creuse between Bourganeuf and Peyrat-le-Chateau, bordering Haute Vienne. Corrèze is to the south.
With its unspoilt countryside and ample lakes, Limousin remains one of France’s best-kept secrets. It’s ideal for walking holidays, fishing, water sports, bird-watching, cycling or simply relaxing.
Limousin was at the heart of the French resistance during the second world war, and the village of Oradour-sur-Glane to the west of Limoges has been left untouched as a permanent memorial.
The area is rich in arts and crafts – Limoges is renowned for porcelain and enamel, whilst Aubusson is famed for its tapestries and custom-made carpets.
The pretty medieval town of St Leonard de Noblat and the market town of Eymoutiers, from where you can catch the train to Limoges, both make for a pleasant afternoon out.
For something quite different, try Le Labyrinthe, the world’s largest maze at Gueret, which also has picnic areas and a giant chess board.
Closer to home
Within the local area, the greatest attraction is undoubtedly Lac de Vassivière, about 20 minutes away by car. The smaller lakes of St Hélène and St Julien le Petit are also nearby, and dogs are welcome at St Julien. Depending on the season, fishing is available at St Julien le Petit – day passes can be purchased at the post office there.
A tennis court is available for hire nearby in St Junien la Brégère, minutes away from our cottages in Montayaud, and there is a golf course in Bourganeuf.
For shopping, Bourganeuf and Peyrat-le-Chateau are both about five miles away, with the usual amenities including cafés, restaurants, banks and post offices. The mobile baker also visits Montayaud on Thursdays, and the butcher and grocer visit on Fridays.
Montayaud is on the ancient pilgrim route, the Route de Compostelle, which runs south to the medieval walled city of Rocamadour in Corrèze, attracting walkers throughout the year.
How to find us
There are several ways to get to Limousin. Limoges Bellegarde Airport, about an hour away by car, is now the fourth largest in France, with direct flights from London Stansted, Southampton, East Midlands, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. We are in rural France, so car hire is essential.
Montayaud is in the commune of St Junien la Brégère, half way between Bourganeuf in Creuse and Peyrat-le-Chateau in Haute Vienne on the D940 – both are about 15 minutes away by car.
If you are using sat nav, you may find Montayaud is spelt ending in an ‘x’.
If you are travelling in your own vehicle, the journey takes around six hours from Caen in Brittany and around eight hours from the Channel ports and tunnel.
Useful information and links
If you’re staying with us, we hope that the following information will be useful. If you have difficulty accessing any of these documents, please let us know.
Local directions from from St Junien la Bregere to Montayaud
If you are using sat nav, Montayaud may be spelt ending with an ‘x’