Lakeside Cottage is located in the picturesque and popular village of Peyrat-le-Château, which is in the
Haute-Vienne department of the Limousin region of France.

The village's 1,000 inhabitants and its many visitors are well catered for with a good selection of restaurants,
bars and shops, including butchers, bakers, pharmacy, mini-market etc, all of which are just a few minutes'
walk from the cottage.  There is also a church (l'eglise Saint-Martin), a museum (Musée de la Résistance) and a
tourist information office.

The city of Limoges is 30 miles away, with the medieval market villages of Eymoutiers 6 miles south and
Bouganeuf 10 miles north.
One of the village restaurants.  A popular
place for lunch overlooking the lake
Fishing is a popular past-time at Peyrat
and nearby Lake Vassivière
Part of the children's play area
Peyrat lake side
The Limousin region
Often known as the land of a 1,000 lakes, the Limousin countryside has spectacular wooded hills and gorges, with lakes, rivers and streams in picturesque valleys.  

The region's three departments, Haute-Vienne, Creuse and Corrèze, are ideal destinations for those in search of peace and quiet and unspoit scenery; ramblers,
riders, anglers, cyclists (two adult bicycles are provided at the cottage), golfers (two sets of clubs, one right-handed and one left, are provided at the cottage), rock
climbers, canoeists and watersports fans.  

Its rich pastures are used to raise the famous Limousin beef cattle (which is classed as the world's best!), and is also one of the main sheep-rearing areas in France
today.  Whilst not one of the main wine producing areas, a few small vineyards provide good country wines and beer has also been produced in the region for more
than 100 years.  

Limoges, capital of the region, is a fascinating historic city of ancient buildings, quaint old streets, museums, gardens and galleries.  Founded in 16BC by the Roman
Emperor Augustus, it was first named Augustoritum after him.  Today, archaeologists continue to unearth Roman villas and other remains. The city is most famous for
its porcelain and enamels and in its heyday, the skyline was dotted with the chimneys of 135 kilns.  Very few survive today, with one of these "Les Casseaux" now
recognised as an historic monument.
Lake Vassivière
Lake Vassivière is an inland sea, and one of the largest lakes in France with 45km of shoreline.  It's just a 10-minute drive
from the cottage and is famous for its beautiful scenery and superb facilities.  These include six beaches, swimming,
fishing, golfing, sailing, windsurfing and much more.  

There are plenty of activities for children at the lake and sailing schools can also be found there.  

Several boats provide regular cruises around the lake, with one of the boats providing lunch whilst you cruise!  Don't miss
Ile de Vassivière either, with it's chateau, sculpture trail, contemporary art centre and cafe.
One of the Lake Vassivière bateau
One of the beautiful beaches at the lake, even
enticing out of season
Very popular in summer, the lake provides many
activities for young and old
Cottage surroundings
One of the great attractions of Lakeside cottage and Peyrat-le-Château is the pretty village fishing lake, which is just a
stone's throw from the cottage.  Next to the lake is a park with a children's play/activity area and plenty of space for ball
games etc.  There is also an all-weather table tennis table, with bats and balls provided at the cottage.

The lake, which is well-stocked with carp, trout etc, is popular for fishing.  It is also a natural wildlife haven with many
species of birds, including stunning kingfishers, and coypu in the reed beds and marshland at the end of the lake.

Up behind the cottage is a beautiful area of woodland, Foret des Condamines.  There are walking and cycling trails up
through the woods with wonderful views of the surrounding areas.  It's also a place for wild flowers and wildlife.  Deer
can often be seen amongst the trees as well as a large variety of birds of prey. Occasionally the shy local wild boar
can be spotted.

"What a beautiful situation, we loved it!  We found the Limousin a very appealing region."  
Mr and Mrs S - September '17
The Location
"This is the best area in France we have ever visited and we can't wait to return
(hopefully to your cottage again)."  
Mr and Mrs C - September '14
Peyrat lake.  One of the many picturesque
picnic spots next to the cottage.
Parkland next to the cottage
One of the many secluded beaches at Vassiviere.
This one is our favourite, so lovely and quiet.
"Having been blessed with some of the best holiday weather we've ever had, our children were
particularly sad to be leaving as they'd very much enjoyed evening swimming at Vassiviere
before returning for a bbq on the terrace at sunset."
Mr and Mrs F, August '13