Things To Do Near Cussac

Château de Montbrun

Château de Montbrun is just a short 12 minute drive from the gite.

The Château de Montbrun is a castle in the commune of Dournazac in the Haute-Vienne département of France. The castle was built in the 12th and 15th centuries, and was restored in the late 19th century.

The castle stands within a deep valley. Built in the 12th century, its function was to defend the borders of the Duchy of Aquitaine. Though rebuilt in the 15th century, it still has the moat, high walls and a square keep topped with machicolations.

Picture of Château de Montbrun
Picture of street with a fountain in Chalus

Chalus

The quiet small town of Chalus is in the south-west of the Haute-Vienne department of Limousin and close to the border with Aquitaine.

It has an unspoiled traditional town centre and the remains of two medieval castles, among other places of interest and is part of the ‘Monts du Châlus’ region.

The village passed into the history books in 1199 when Richard the Lionheart was fatally wounded in a battle here during the Second Siege of Chalus Chabrol.

Rochechouart

Rochechouart is a pretty walled town with an attractive castle in the Haute-Vienne department of Limousin, not far from Limoges.

The town labels itself as ‘the countryside of the meteorite’, because 214 million years ago an enormous six billion tonne meteorite smashed into this spot – probably one of the largest meteorites ever to hit the earth – although little evidence now remains of this catastrophic event.

Picture of Rochechouart castle tower with a view of trees in the background
Picture of the Collegiate Church in Saint-Junien

Saint-Junien

The town of Saint-Junien is in the west of the Haute-Vienne department of Limousin, a short distance north-east of Rochechouart.

Since the 15th century the town has been an important centre for glove production, and even today the town is a major producer and exporter of gloves, although Saint-Junien is now better known as one of the official ‘entry towns’ to the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park.

Site Corot and the Glane river valley

The walk along the Glane riverside is one of the highlights of your visit to Saint-Junien – a pleasure that can be extended by following one of the trails that depart from here and cross the surrounding countryside.

In the mid 19th century the well known painter Jean-Baptiste Corot often came to a site here on the banks of the Glane river to do his painting. The location is now popular with visitors both because of its association with the artist and because it is in a scenic setting in part of a designated Zone of Natural Interest (for its wildlife).

Picture of the old mill at Site Corot and the Glane river
Picture of Château de Nontron

Nontron

Nontron is a small town located towards the north of the Dordogne department (Aquitaine region) of south-west France, and 16 km to the north of Brantome, in the region known as Perigord Vert.

A quiet town that is officially listed as a ‘recommended detour’, Nontron has a long history reputed to date back 3000 years, and evidence of prehistoric settlement in the area. There are various restaurants, bars and shops can be found around the square and it is a pleasant place to take a break.

Nontron is home to the famous ‘Nontron knives’ which have been in production for several centuries. It is also a thriving art and craft centre.

Oradour-sur-Glane

Oradour-sur-Glane is a historic memorial site.

Before the second World War Oradour-sur-Glane was a small traditional French village centred around its church. The village gained its importance in French history when it was completely destroyed by the retreating forces of the German SS on the 10th June 1944.

The destruction of the village also included the murder of all its 642 inhabitants (except a very few who managed to escape) and also some others who were just passing through the village.

A place to visit in quiet contemplation, the remains of the original village have been retained exactly as they were at the end of that terrible day, as a tribute and memorial to those who died.

It is free to visit the village but if you would like more information about the massacre there is also an exhibition centre at Oradour with detailed information, photos and witness accounts about the massacre.

Picture of a strees at the Oradour-sur-Glane memorial village

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