Verneuil-Moustiers, Haute-Vienne: tourism & sightseeing
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The following commentary was kindly contributed by Val Frost:
We live in a little hamlet called Verneuil-Moustiers in the Haute-Vienne at the very northern edge of the Limousin. The hamlet has just seven houses with only three occupied all year around and is surrounded by miles of open countryside and farmland.
I have lived in the commune of Verneuil-Moustiers for 3 years and will say that they have been the happiest years of my life. The countryside is fantastic. Because of the lack of pollution in the area you will find wild flowers that have disappeared in the UK, such as wild orchids that grow by the roadside and multiple each year to create an amazing spectacle in the last Spring. Wild Boar and Deer are a common sight grazing in the meadows and woods of the area.
The hamlet was originally a 14th century monastery community, the community was devastated by fever in the 16th century, when all residents died of the disease. The only properties remaining from that time are the monastery farm and a house, also the cross and font from the church can still be seen in the hamlet.
A mobile shop serves the hamlet once a day and there is an excellent bar/restaurant in our commune village of Verneuil Moustiers, which is 2 ½ km away. Verneuil is a very old village, with a tiny community church and a château.
The closest big village to us is Lussac-les-Eglises, which is seven kilometres away. There you can find a general store, tabac, boulangerie and two bar/restaurants. The town has a medieval church and a wonderful central square.
Going further afield you will find historic town of Le Dorat where you will find the famous Collégiale Saint-Pierre dating from the 11th century. You will also find an abundance of small shops and a bank. Friday is market day in Le Dorat and here you can buy local produce of all kinds.
The larger town of Montmorillon 17 kilometres north of Verneuil-Moustiers has a beautiful medieval bridge leading to the medieval quarter that is well known for its paper and calligraphy. You will also find fine dining with many small exclusive restaurants, some overlooking the Vienne River. On the outskirts of the town you will find a hypermarket, and all other amenities.
The area is well known for its leisure lakes and well signposted walks. Within an hours drive there are numerous leisure activities including, swimming (pools, rivers and lakes with beaches), climbing, walking, canoeing, kayaking, shooting, bungee jumping, water skiing, wind surfing, cycling, boating, abseiling, bird watching, fishing, tennis, mountain biking and golf.
For less active days chateaux, cathedrals and monuments are abundant in the area around Verneuil-Moustiers. The region’s capital, Limoges, situated on the banks of the Vienne, is one hours drive to the south. It has a magnificent cathedral and gardens, world famous porcelain and enamel, restaurants, theatres and a spectacular medieval quarter.
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Address: Verneuil-Moustiers, Dorat, Bellac, Limousin, 87360, France || GPS: latitude 46.3403, longitude 1.13583
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe Abbey: heritage site (15 km)
- Montmorillon: town of art and history (22 km)
- Saint-Benoit-du-Sault: most beautiful village (23 km)
- Eglise de Notre-Dame (Montmorillon): religious monument (23 km)
- Bellac: village d'etape (25 km)
- La Souterraine: village d'etape (29 km)
- Bessines-sur-Gartempe: village d'etape (31 km)
- Abbaye de Saint Savin sur Gartempe (Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe): religious monument (32 km)
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