Activities for young and old

Discover the Creuse department

The area around Villa Vallière offers opportunities for a wide range of activities for young and old, below a small selection

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A wide range of activities

Active, sporty

wandelen in la creuse

 Walking, cycling and moutain biking

The surrounding area is particularly well suited for making walking or cycling trips. In the whole of the Creuse there are more than 2500 kms of public ways and footpaths. You can go mountain biking in the vicinity. If needed, bikes can be hired from Cycle Hire
There is a tennis-court in Vallière, 5 minutes walk from the Villa

 Playing Golf

At Bourganeuf (9 holes-Par 32 cours) and at Gouzon (18 holes and Pitch and Putt) - Both courses are half an hour‘s drive away.
A bit further away; Golf du Chammet (Peyrelevade), 9 holes- Par 36.
And near Limoges (1 our drive) Golf de la Porcelaine (18 holes-Par 72)


As in many other parts of the world Geo-caching is popular here. The whole family can get involved and all you need is a GPS and some kind of transport or you have to be prepared to do some walking.
There is a French geo-caching website, but here in the Creuse department, you find also a specific set of geo-caches that has been transformed into a treasure hunt. For more details have a look at the Terra Aventura website.

Lac de Vassivière Lac de Vassivière

Lac de Vassivière is a beautiful lake which is more than 1000 ha wide, and is surrounded by hiking trails, biking trails, beaches, water sports, boat trips, museums and sculptures
Fishing; there are numerous opportunities


Arbre en arbre

 Arbre en arbre, tree to tree adventures

Footpath in the trees, d'arbre en arbre near Lake Vassivière and Adventure park near les Pierres Jaumâtres.

Vélorail de la Mine

 Vélorail de la Mine, Cyclorails

On an old abandoned train track near Bourganeuf, cyclorails are for rent (4/5 people maximum per cyclorail).
It is organised at specific times, so booking is essential.

 L'étang des Landes

The only totally natural lake in the Creuse. A national nature reserve that shelters more than 400 plant species and 600 animal species. Its shallow form (maximum depth of 2 metres; sandy bottom) encourages the development of numerous, extremely rare natural milieus.

 Les Loups de Chabriéres

Les Loups de Chabrières (Wolf park) near Gueret. Here you can the wolves roaming wild in their habitat within large natural enclosures.


 Labyrinthe Géant

Labyrinthe Géant. This is the world’s largest labyrinth. Covering over 2.2 hectares of land and totalling 4.5km of alleys.


 Vulcania, the adventure of the earth

Vulcania, Lava and Fire. The park of the sacred volcanoes and legends


Places to visit

Aubusson, cité de la Tapisserie

 Aubusson Cité de la Tapisserie

Aubusson, (la Terrade quarter), House of the carpet-maker (Maison du tapissier) where you can see how carpets were made in the traditional methods used in the 16th and 17th centuries. Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO)

10 July 2016 the new Cité de la Tapisserie has opened its doors for you.


Château de Villemonteix

 Château Villemonteix

Château Villemonteix near Chenerailles. An imposing castle, dating from the fifteenth century, with interesting interior decorating, lots of antiques and many mural tapestries from Aubusson.
Tours during April - November


Pierres Jaumâtres

 The Pierres Jaumâtres

The Yellow Stones (Pierres jaunatres). Enormous blocks of granite scattered dramatically on the summit of Mont Barlot offering wonderful views.


 The Mine Museum
 The Museum of Electrification
 City of insects

Limoges porselein

 Limoges and Saint Léonard de Noblat

Limoges and Saint Léonard de Noblat, famous for its porcelain and enamelware.



 Masgot the sculpture village

Masgot. Known as the "sculpture village", visit here and follow the trail around the village and admire the granite sculptures which adorn the village houses. Beautiful decorated by the sculptor François Michaud (1810 - 1890)


Oradour sur Glane


The June 1944 massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane by the SS Das Reich Division. Oradour-sur-Glane has never been rebuilt as a memorial to the victims



 The Sous-Parsat church

Magnificent stained glass windows and modern frescoes in the Sous-Parsat church, by the Creuse painter Gabriel Chabrat


Markets, brocantes



Felletin. Friday mornings (15kms distant)
Boussac. Street market every Thursday morning
Bourganeuf, a nice market in the towncentre in Wednesday morning
Aubusson. Saturday morning market

And of course for the connoisseurs the vide-greniers and brocantes





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