A few lesser known facts:
The Limousin is the least populated region in France, with approx. 743k inhabitants on nearly 17,000 km2. Making it an ideal base for a retreat!
The famous Limousin cow weighs an average of 700kg and a bull recently sold for €25k. We have a number of cows grazing in our surrounding fields.
The Limousin is a little known region in France, nestled above the better known Dordogne and inland a few hours from Bordeaux, in the Massif Central. Most famous for the beautiful Limoges porcelain and the Limousin cow.
The area is a mecca for outdoors activity, some calling it the French Lake District, not surprisingly so, with huge expanses of water, trees and crystal clear air. The climate is a great improvement on the English equivalent, typically experiencing long sunny days from May through to October.
Cycling, hiking and fishing are among just a few of the outdoor activities abound. The fabulous lakes also offer the opportunity to have a go at kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing, as well as beach volleyball or simply beach lounging.
The countryside is scattered with medieval villages, towns and cities, providing some stunning backdrops and at times, feeling like you’ve been transported into a fairy tale land. Limoges, the capital, is a great example of this, as are Eymoutiers and Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, all within an easy half hour drive from Bearfoot Lodge.
We’re lucky enough to be just on the edge of the Millevache National Park, a vast 314,000 hectare plateau, including the stunning Lac de Vassivière. We even have a volcanic mountain range, Le Mont Dore, less than 2 hours away, which is beautiful in summer and turns into a small traditional ski resort in winter.