Welcome to Limousin
Limousin, known as the Lake District of France can really be best described as the heart of France. Its way of life and its traditions have remained unchanged over the centuries. It really is the 'land where time stood still'.
Limousin has inspired many painters and writers over the centuries and despite being so rural, it is certainly not without its culture and festivals.
The most sought after part of the region...
The southern Limousin is the most sought after part because of its landscape and its proximity to Dordogne. The Dordogne was certainly one of the parts of France in which overseas buyers first started to settle more than 30 years ago but the appeal of the lower prices in the south of Limousin is now attracting buyers in search of value for money properties.
The southern Limousin covers an area from the south of Haute Vienne into the western Corrèze and borders of the northern Dordogne. The region generally has a rugged landscape with wooded gorges and fast running rivers, apple orchards and many medieval churches and chateaux.
The landscape and beyond...
The architecture is beautiful with many hill top villages sitting astride the wonderful open countryside. The stone houses have a simplicity of rural living and appear to have remained untouched for centuries. Flowers cascade over stone walls, rambling roses climb to rooftops and gardens are shaded by walnut trees. The people in the region are very hospitable, mostly they lead simple lives dictated by the seasons and they are prepared to welcome visitors with surprise being inquisitive as to why people from abroad would want to join them in their rural lives.
Should the whole rural way of life get too much from time to time, there are lovely small market towns and bigger cities to enjoy. Limoges is full of markets, museums, cinemas, theatre, shops and of course a huge range of restaurants and bars. It is the main city of the region but towns such as Brive, Arnac Pompadour and Saint Yrieix la Perche also have plenty of delights on offer to occupy even the most sophisticated town lover.
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No mention of Limousin would be complete without reference to its amazing housing stock. Because it is a rural area over the past 50 years it saw people leaving in search of work elsewhere, leaving the area and leaving some magnificent undeveloped farmhouses behind. All of this changed around 20 years ago when the overseas buyers moved in, closely followed by people from other parts of France who realised that these properties and this area were just what they needed to create beautiful holiday homes. Since the foreigners started not only to holiday in the area, but also to live there full time, many young French families have also returned to Limousin. Limousin certainly is no longer the place that the world forgot, it is now the place that those in search of a certain quality of life are moving to.
From crisp winters to hot summers, Limousin is a region of tranquil and serene beauty, boasting mediaeval castles and churches. Limousin is renowned for its clafoutis (a regional form of cherry pie), beef and Aubusson tapestry; however, its tranquil pace of life is what makes many visitors decide to set up home in the region.
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