Travel: France

Tucked away in central France is a small village called Saint Dizier Leyrenne. Nearby to Saint Dizier Leyrenne is a gite and old mill called Le Moulin de la Bregére. It is an ideal place to stay for anyone craving peace and quiet in stunning surroundings. The Limousin has endless green spaces, rivers, and lakes. There are lots of places to visit in the Limousin area, which is perfect for a short or long holiday.

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It is a quick and easy journey to Saint Dizier Leyrenne. You can get a plane directly to Limoge from most airports in the United Kingdom. We travelled from Bristol. It was a forty minute drive from Limoge airport to Saint Dizier Leyrenne. The weather was glorious for June and makes a great summer holiday for couples or families. 

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There is plenty of countryside and nature, including Pine Martins, Herons and birds of prey. The evenings are perfect for stargazing and there is also an opportunity to watch bats and owls. The local area is famous for the Limousin cattle and countryside walks.

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Bourganeuf is the nearest market town, which is 10 km away. It is a town steeped in history! It has links with the Knights Templar and has the famous Zim Tower. The Zim Tower is a 13th century tower built to house a prince. There is a market on Wednesday mornings, a cinema and you can also do tours of the tower. There are several walks from the town centre and a walkers group which meet on a Thursday. It is a great place to visit if you love history, architecture and countryside. 

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The area has a lot of lakes and rivers nearby, which are perfect for swimmers, sunbathers and water sport enthusiasts. You can do canoeing and kayaking. The larger lakes also have a boat which offer an ideal way of viewing the spectacular scenery and an old castle. There are lots of small villages and towns around to visit. Bénévent-l'Abbaye has beautiful architecture and La Creuse has a lot of history with a castle and river. 

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If you’re looking to travel a little further for a day out, Limoge is a small city located in central France. Limoge is known for its porcelain, medieval houses and cathedral. There are lots of places to visit in Limoge including The War Resistance Museum, The Fine Arts Museum of Limoge and Départemental Tapestry Museum. 

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The War Resistance Museum opened in 1989. They have a collection of weapons, objects and authentic documents. The Fine Arts Museum is an 18th-century-style building, designed by the Brousseau brothers. It used to be the town's Bishop palace. The building was also used as a fire station and hospital. 

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There is a lot of history about each of the buildings, including the museums. Limoges's diverse heritage and imposing monuments are beautiful. There is Saint-Etienne cathedral, which dominates the River Vienne valley, or the Saint Michel des Lions church. This is just some of the things you can do in central France. It is worth researching places to visit or asking your hosts for more information. We definitely recommend a visit to central France in the summer, if you love history, long walks and architecture.

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