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Le Dorat
Collégiale Saint-Pierre du Dorat
Collégiale Saint-Pierre du Dorat
Porte Bergère du Dorat
Porte Bergère du Dorat
Place Charles de Gaulle
Place Charles de Gaulle

Ville de Le Dorat France

Ville du DoratLes Roues Vertes is situated on the edge of this medieval town. We are within easy walking distance of the town and all its’ amenities including good restaurants serving high quality french cuisine. There are several bars & pavement cafes for relaxing drinks and snacks.
Supermarkets, boulangeries, charcuteries, antique shops and even a Limoges porcelaine outlet open to the public. There is a twice weekly market in the town square. There is also a Cinema in the town which shows new films in English. These are noticeable by having the letters V.O by the name of the film.

There is certainly plenty to do all year round with Horse racing events in June, July and August, a National Horse Show (show jumping) in September, a sound & light show, craft days, as well as concerts, tennis, fishing, sailing and windsurfing.

The town is steeped in history, according to legend the cultural capital of the Basse Marche owes its’ name to the guilded angel perched on the summit of the collegiale “Lou Dora” bell tower. Throughout history the Town has lived through troubled times: besieged by the Black Prince (the Prince of Wales) in 1356, the Town was also badly damaged during the war of the religions.

Le Dorat was a town of nobility and property owners. A small detour down a narrow street will show you the old houses full of character. A fortified town in the past, Le Dorat still has its’ 15th century Porte Bergere (shepherds gate). It’s the only one in the region.

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Haute-Vienne Map
Haute-Vienne Map
Limoges Cathedral
Limoges Cathedral
Haute-Vienne Landscape
Haute-Vienne Landscape

The Haute-Vienne is renowned for its many lakes & forests

Tourisme Haute-Vienne. It is peaceful & quiet, perfect for relaxing walks. Composed of a variety of landscapes, ranging from the ponds and hedged farmland of Basse-Marche to the mounts Blond and Ambazac, through to the Vienne valley. The Haute-Vienne is a great destination for relaxation and nature-based tourism. A considerable architectural and artistic heritage is also offered through its Romanesque religious buildings, its fortified castles, its medieval cities and its famous porcelain tradition.

Lakes with safe sandy beaches, horse-riding and watersports can all be found nearby. Lac de Saint- Pardoux (opposite) & Lac Vassiviere are the largest in the region and are home to several sailing schools, with regular competition and boat hire.

Haute Vienne is an angler’s dream with both running and still waters plentiful in rivers, lakes and ponds. There are nearly 7,000 km of waterways, of which 300 km are 2nd class and 6,700 km are 1st class.

Limoges and Poitiers are both worth visiting. There are cobbled walkways with fascinating architecture and shopping opportunities in both towns.
Limoges is situated about 43km to the south east, it is the capital of the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region. An energetic and charming city, Limoges provides all of the shopping, restaurants and historical & cultural attractions that you would expect of an historic regional capital, which is famous for its porcelains with many outlets throughout the area.

Situated about 78km to the north west, Poitiers is the capital of the Vienne department in the Poitou-Charentes region. It is steeped in history that has resulted in a city with a lovely medieval heart containing numerous sites of interest. It is also a university town (the second oldest in France after Paris and the town with one of the biggest student populations) which means it has a vibrant night life and lots of cultural activities.

Limousin Map
Limousin Map
Limousin Cattle
Limousin Cattle
Lac St Pardoux
Lac St Pardoux

Tourisme Limousin – The land of a thousand lakes

Limousin RegionUntouched countryside of hills, gorges and lush green meadows; Ancient villages Famous for Limoges porcelain and enamel.

The Limousin region, on the western slopes of the Massif Central attracts visitors in search of unspoiled countryside.

This stunningly beautiful region of still lakes, fast flowing streams, gentle rolling valleys and forested mountains has been one of the best kept secrets in France. From the lovely old city of Limoges to the tiny hamlets scattered across the hills and forests, and the pure rivers and lakes, discover the friendliness and old world charm of one of the last remaining havens of the “real France”

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