Les Geais

Holiday cottage in the heart of the Limousin

An area of outstanding natural beauty where the real France is never far away.

Outdoor activities such as walking, cycling and horse-riding

Perfect way to see more of the countryside on the doorstep.

The whole area is criss-crossed with paths and trails. Routes and maps are available from the tourist information office in Bugeat, who also provide local bike hire or could arrange  a Quad bike excursion, if you would prefer an engine!

Water sports and going to the beach  

Soak up the sun or try something more adventurous.

The larger lakes have sandy beaches and children’s play areas.  Lac des Barriousses and Lac de Sechemailles also have water sport centres and lifeguards that supervise the swimming areas in July and August.   

History and Culture

From the Romans to the Resistance

Plenty of Gallo-Roman sites to investigate, charming Medieval villages, the Knights Templar and the Pilgrim  routes, Resistance Museums, a grand tradition of Porcelain production centred in Limoges, Auguste Renoir’s birthplace and more.........

House Hunting, markets and gastronomy

Considering a place of your own ?: Try the local specialities.

The local markets are full of seasonal produce which features strongly in the “plat du jour” or restaurant “Menu A €” . Try local dishes such as potato pie and clafoutis.

Ideas for things to see and do

Mountains at Le Mont Dore  

Winter Sports enthusiasts can take to the slopes of the Central Massif.

During the winter months the family ski resort of
Le Mont Dore can be reached in just over an hour by car

It offers good snowboarding and skiing particularly for intermediates and beginners. We have added the link to the snow forecast so you can keep an eye on the weather and take advantage of any fresh snowfall!


For more information on the Sancy Massif in all seasons :-


The Millevaches Plateau  translates as the plateau of 1000 springs (not cows !) and it is the presence of water in its many forms that give the area its unique character. Lakes, rivers and waterfalls flow through the flowery pastures grazed by sheep and the beautiful russet coloured Limousin cattle. This is one of the more sparsely populated regions and wildlife abounds.  La Toubière du Longeyroux, an ancient peat bog habitat of special European interest is home to otters, long-toed eagles and other rare species. Vast areas of forest peak at a height of 1000m  at Mont Bessou where, on a clear day, you can see across to the mountains of the Cantal and Auvergne.

This stunning natural landscape is underscored by the granite architecture of the ancient buildings, churches and monuments. A rich tradition of skilled masons traces  back to Romans times and beyond.  

Generally local life is unhurried.  Market days and seasonal fairs will bring Medieval towns alive with the hustle and bustle, but farmers can still be seen with hand tools and a donkey. Villagers continue to have a lifeline with regular visits from  “Toot Toot “  vans delivering bread and a range of groceries, often resulting in the sociable roadside gathering of permanent residents.