Enjoy one of the many night markets that the Limousin has to offer.
We have a fantastic Brocante in Bellac.
Our Chambres d'hotes is situated in the commune of Roussac in the Haute-Vienne department in the Limousin region in west-central France. A small tranquil and friendly village with its tiny bar in the square where you can enjoy a glass of wine with the locals. The church in Roussac is a Romanesque building . On its south side, one can observe specific openings: a triplet of arched windows slightly splayed. Next to buttress the further east, there is a high window (remains of fortifications). Its bell tower is unique, it was added to the building in 1727 which explains its external position. It has the shape of a square tower and is accessed by a staircase on the outside. It is covered with chestnut shingles. At the end of the village towards Châteauponsac, the fountain of Saint-Martial is accompanied by a wash. One of its virtues was to cure the livestock. A procession was held each year for the Saint-Martial, June 30. Roussac is an ideal location to relax or take a long walk through the beautiful countryside and to enjoy the peace and quiet of the area. Roussac is an ideal base for you to visit the many historical villages or nearby Lake Pardoux. Visit the various night markets, and the many, many brocantes and antiques fairs the Limousin has to offer, which continue throughout the summer.
This genuine limousin village evokes the rural country life of the turn of the 20th century. Nearing the end of the Century the population grew slightly to 1300 inhabitants. However fifty years later in 1836 a census of the population counted just 618 inhabitants, 126 of whom lived in the village (This figure was perhaps even slightly too optimistic as the census was based on the number of people at communion). Amongst these, 169 farmers and 43 agricultural domestics, 4 masons, 2 carpenter, 2 cartwrights, 1 blacksmith, 1 cobbler, 1 ragman, 1 dressmaker, 2 innkeppers, 1 of whom was also a blacksmith.Farmers cultivated 1034 hectares of land, and the animals grazed on 728 hectares of fields. There were 222 hectares of woods, full of chestnut trees. Two water mills were built on the little streams but in 1836 only the new mill was in working order, the other was in a dilapidated state. There was also a windmill, of which twenty five plots of land were named after it. In 1886 the population grew to 985, 170 living in the village. There were 274 farmers and 69 agricultural domestics, 15 masons and 3 stonecutters, 2 weavers, 3 cartwrights, 5 blacksmiths and 6 dressmakers. In 1911 with 911 inhabitants and of these 156 living in the village, 248 were farmers. Only 5 masons remained and 4 innkeepers now made a living in the village. At the end of the XVIIth Century Montrol-Sénard had a population of approximately 1115 inhabitants. The land was poor and the main source of food, rye and buckwheat, was not always enough to feed the village. The farmers reared very few cattle and relied upon blacksmiths to supply their only farming tool. At the beginning of the XVIIIth Century, the parish was made up of two enclaves, one being Poitevine (561 inhabitants of Poitiers), the other Limousine (554 inhabitants). LIMOGES Limoges has a long and fascinating history. Best known throughout the world for its porcelain, the city has so much more to offer. Fabulous ancient quarters, littered with restaurants. A magnificent cathedral quarter with resistance museum and botanical gardens and endless exhibitions and theatre. Lovers of antiques and old books can visit the collections of the antique shops and antiquarian booksellers located not far from the Cathedral. In this district, called “La Cité”, the flea market of “La Cité” takes place every second Sunday of the month (except in August). This lively market, held on the second Sunday of each month is a hub for over 100 antique dealers, who bring their wares from all over France.0800-1800hrs. Fresh products throng on the merchants’ stalls of the central “Halles” (covered market) and will satisfy your every desire through the seasons. The Limousin beef is waiting for you! Don’t forget to discover the warm atmosphere of the restaurants in “Les Halles”. At night, the urban landscape and the city’s atmosphere change completely. Visitors will be delighted by a new way to discover the monumental heritage of Limoges as well as by the rich and eclectic cultural offer. Students will love the trendy places that liven up the night-life. In the evening, night birds walk around from one place to another: from the popular Place Denis Dussoubs, with its cinemas and outside tables, to the Place Haute-Cité with its “cafés-concerts” (live music cafés), as well as the inevitable Rue Charles Michels and the Cours Jourdan, filled with theme bars.
LAKE SAINT PARDOUX IN THE HAUTE-VIENNE
In the middle of unspoilt countryside, the Lake Saint Pardoux resort is a major tourist attraction in the Haute-Vienne and the Limousin. It’s also a leisure centre for local clients and families mainly coming from the urban area of Limoges. Nestling in the heart of the Limousin forest, this 330-ha lake is the ideal place for water and outdoor sports. Three centres have been created : Santrop : the welcome centre at the entrance to the lake, Chabannes : welcomes youngsters and groups, Fréaudour : orientated towards water sports (water skiing…) New on the Santrop site : You can discover the new acrobatic park “Arbre & Aventure” (Tree & Adventure) : more than 60 workshops and 6 circuits of varying difficulty, for everyone. FARMERS MARKETS As with all French regions there are many markets to explore in the Limousin. They range from very small, weekly, village markets with only 2 or 3 stalls selling fresh produce to large Foires that close the town centre for the morning. The Foires are usually worth attending as they attract stall holders from wider area and the choice of goods on offer is more varied. Although not strictly in the Limousin, the largest and most famous market is held at Les Herolles. The location was chosen as the town is on the borders of the Vienne, the Haute Vienne and the Indre. The market is now the largest street market in France and is also believed to be the oldest, dating back over 400 years. It is possible to buy everything from livestock, to farm machinery, plants, furniture, cheese and wine as well as an array of local produce. The stall holders are normally set up by 8.30am and be sure to arrive early to avoid the queues for parking. There is a small charge for parking (1€50). The market is held on the 29th of every month, unless it is a Sunday in which case the market is on the following Monday. Les Herolles is between Lignac on the D32 and Coulonges on the D123.
ORADOUR SUR GLANE
Oradour Sur Glane the martyr village, now an important national monument and a reminder of the horrors of war. An interactive visitors centre explains the facts in both English and French.
(Is the nearest town to Roussac approximately 15 minutes) Bellac is situated to the north-west of the Haute-Vienne department of Limousin, near the border with the Poitou-Charentes region. It is a small market town with a long history based around the leather tanning industry, that was important here during the Middle Ages. The 13th century stone arched bridge across the tranquil River Vincou is a good place to start you visit, and to have a view across the town. Heading into Bellac itself you will see, among other things, numerous ancient houses, most of these date from the 15th to 17th centuries. You will also see the remains of part of the original defensive walls of the town, and an impressive 17th century town hall with small towers on two of the corners of the building. Among the notable religious monuments in the town is the 12th - 15th century Church of Notre-Dame, which stands at the highest point in Bellac and dominates the town skyline. Because of the extended period between the church's first construction and its completion you can see elements of both roman and gothic style architecture. Market days are on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.