The region

Our guests are often content to spend lazy days by the pool, swing in the hammock, read under the shade of the oak tree, and generally take things very easy indeed. However, there are plenty of delights to explore across the region, whether you enjoy great food, history, culture, wildlife, sports or adventure. We have included some selected highlights below, but would be happy to help tailor your itinerary to your particular interests.

Futuroscope, to the east of Poitiers, is a huge theme park with rides, shows and attractions for all ages. With an emphasis on discovering the world through interactive rides and adventures, it features 3D and 4D cinemas, laser shows and a 360° observatory.

If you have any interest in wildlife then a visit to La Vallée des Singes (Valley of the Monkeys) is a must. Fifteen hectares of natural territory provide home for over 350 primates – including bonobos, chimps, gorillas and lemurs. Likewise, La Planète des Crocodiles and L’île aux Serpents provide fascinating excursions for animal lovers all within easy reach of Chez Yurt.

A visit to the ‘martyred village’ of Oradour-sur-Glane is a fascinating and moving experience. The village was destroyed on June 10 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company. Only two women and one child survived. The village has been preserved as a memorial, alongside a museum and visitor’s centre.

We spend a lot of our time at Le Lac de Saint Pardoux, a picturesque swimming lake about 45 minutes drive from us. There is plenty to occupy children and adults alike, with well-equipped play areas, sailing, water-sports, fishing, horse-riding, restaurants, bouncy castles – even hot-air ballooning and a forest adventure park.

In addition, the local area boasts many markets, brocantes (antiques markets) and vide greniers (car boot sales). The nearby town of Le Dorat hosts regular night markets during the summer months, and Limoges holds a famous flea market on the second Sunday of each month.

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