There is so much to do in and around Correze that we have trouble fitting it all in, but if there is something you wish to do, or know more about that is not specifically mentioned below, just let us know and we will find it for you. So, here is what we have at the moment; as they say in the best shows, in no particular order.
Vezere Passion – Uzerche on the river Vazere – rafting is also available just 40 minutes’ drive away from the gîtes.
Beynac on the Dordogne- An extremely scenic area.
Brantome – Often known as the ‘Venice of the Dordogne’, Brantome is a lovely medieval river town with an old abbey, craft shops and market on a Friday morning. Hire canoes here for a beautiful glide along the river, a favourite among both adults and children. A favourite of our guests.
(That is those that are picturesque as opposed to those where you find loads of wine; they are also available of course!)
Gouffre de Lascaux – Magnificent caves in the Vézère Valley, Dordogne, containing over 2000 beautiful paintings and engravings of mainly animals. The original paintings, which are estimated to be over 17,300 years old, were closed to the public in 1963 as exposure to air and large number of visitors were causing damage. However, many of the paintings and engravings were meticulously re-created in the 1980’s and it is this which is now open to the public.
These caves are definitely worth a visit, a great experience for all the family and can be reached in just over an hour by car from the gîtes.
Gouffre de Padirac – We were amazed at these caves, they are enormous and very beautiful, requiring you to descend 75 metres before taking a boat to explore the underground system. A 1 and 1/2 hour drive from the gîtes.
Grotte de Villars – Just 1 hour away, another set of amazing caves.
Pompadour – A small tour of the château is available, along with a separate informative tour of the grounds and Haras.
Chateaux Verdier – Situated in the local town of Lubersac and dates back to the mid15th century. Guided tours are available throughout the summer months.
Hautefort – Plenty to see, including lovely grounds to take a gentle stroll around allowing you to soak up the history. Guided tours of the château are available where costumed characters bring the place to life.
Cycling and Mounting Biking
Cycle Hire – We have teamed up with Cycle Hire Online, a great affordable company who offer a wide range of high quality bikes for rental, including mountain, road, and hybrid bikes. Child bikes are also available. A 3 day minimum hire is required, allowing you plenty of time to explore the wonders in and around the local area. For ease and convenience they also deliver the bikes to the gîtes and collect them once you have finished. Helmets, pumps, locks and tool kits are included.
Mountain bike trails – As the gîtes are located in beautiful rural France with exceptional scenery in every direction, there are plenty of off-road mountain trails to be explored and enjoyed. While there are challenging routes for the more experienced rider, family friendly routes are also plentiful.
Corrèze has 5,000 kms of streams and rivers and 4,000 hectares of fishing lakes which are perfect for catching trout and carp.
Terrasson Lavilledieu also known as ‘The Gardens of Imagination’, Terrasson Lavilledieu is situated approximately 50 minutes from the gîtes, and includes 6 Hectares and 13 natural landscapes in a beautiful setting overlooking the Levere Valley. The gardens boast over 2,000 rose bushes and 120 water sprays and waterfalls.
Correze is renowned for its beautiful wide-open spaces with rolling meadows, forests, mountains, rivers and waterfalls, so no wonder people travel from all over the world to explore the hiking trails. Both short easy and more challenging longer trails are available. The Correze tourist website provides details.
Horse Racing and Riding
Pompardour Horse Race course, home of the National Stud, twinned with Plumpton Race Course in Folkstone Pompadour Information
Horse Riding – Whether a beginner or an experienced rider there are various riding schools and pony clubs nearby. Horses can also be hired allowing you enjoy the 360km of riding trails in Correze.
Three beautiful fresh water lakes are located within 40 minutes’ drive from the gîtes, these are perfect for all the family and include a very wide range of activities to suit both children and adults.
Vigeois: Lac de Poncharal – Is a 15-hectare lake with a lovely sandy beach and is a great place to spend the day. Vigeois is the ideal place for swimming, fishing, and relaxing in the sun. Pedal boats and canoes can also be hired. Just 30 minutes’ drive from the gîtes.
Rouffiac – Just 20 minutes drive from gîtes, another lovely fresh water lake with sandy beach and children’s play area. There are plenty of things to do here including swimming, canoes and pedalo hire, bicycle hire, accrobranche (walking in trees), wall climbing, archery, zip lining, paintballing, archery, and a bar/restaurant for that all important food and drink.
Bussière Galant – Approximately 40 minutes from the gîtes this lake offers another great day out. Swimming, beach games, velorail (bicycles for up to 4 on a train track!), accrobranche (walking in trees), zip line 23m above the lake running for 400m, bungee ejection to 18m high, and fishing are available.
Local heated pool in Lubersac, just 10 minutes’ drive from the gîtes. Includes slides and paddling pools. Great fun and cheap entry.
Segur-le-Chateau – 5 minutes’ drive from the gîtes, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France with bars and restaurants. Gorgeous medieval houses to admire with the Auvezere River running through the village. More info on Segur provided by a resident.
Lubersac – A short 10 minute drive from the gîtes and is another pretty village. Includes a hypermarket and great outdoor municipal pool.
St-Yrieix-la-Perche – A 20 minute drive away where a range of shops, restaurants, swimming pool and bike hire can be found.
The local French markets are loads of fun and offer something for everyone. One of the best and closest is in Segur-le-Chateau and is just 5 minutes away. Held every Monday in July and August where you can buy much of the local produce. Live entertainment is often playing while you enjoy your food and drink with the very friendly and welcoming locals.
List of markets in Correze
Offers information on the vast amount of nearby activities