There are several good DIY stores in Limoges, Leroy Merlin, Castorama and Bricoman to name but three. I have found that if you go to Limoges to buy materials for any project, it is well worth going to at least two shops such as Leroy Merlin and Castorama to compare the prices. Prices can vary on the same item dramatically - I recently had to buy a kitchen tap and the price differed by 25€ for a very similar tap between two shops.
Places to Eat
Pizzeria Beausoleil at Antardieu near Saint Junien is a wonderful pizzeria complete with wood-fired pizza oven. It is set in a beautiful garden, with a large, covered deck area perfect for summer al-fresco dining. Inside it is warm and cosy. Pascal and Valerie always give a friendly welcome and delicious food.www.pizzeriabeausoleil.fr
King Long is a Chinese buffet style restaurant in Limoges ZI Nord.
Paradis D’Asie is a Chinese buffet style restaurant, which also has a wok section where you can select your own meat and veg and have it cooked to order. It is in Limoges ZI Nord.
Flunch is in Family Village. It is a cafeteria style restaurant. You order your meat/fish and then help yourself from the large selection of veg.www.flunch.fr
Places to Stay
All of these B&B’s are gorgeous. The hosts are all wonderfully welcoming and provide beautiful accommodation and delicious home-cooked and often home grown food.
Paul’s barn in France is owned and run by Paul Steele. It is beautiful converted barn with great views over the countryside, and set in lovely gardens.www.villechenoux.co.uk
Le Queyroix-Martin is owned and run by Debra and Graham Greene. It is situated in the heart of the Monts de Blond. It was completely renovated by themselves into a selection of en-suite bedrooms.www.lq-m.co.uk
Frachis Cottages in "Saint Junien les Combes" is owned and run by Anita and David Gould. It is an old farmhouse set in lovely gardens and with an in-ground swimming pool.www.frachiscottages.com
Places to Visit
Our nearest city is Limoges. Steeped in history, and known for its world famous porcelain industry, Limoges is full of shops and restaurants. Visit the new Family Village and super new retail park on the northern edge of the city. Saint Junien is a lovely market town, with a fantastic Saturday market with loads of local food producers stretching down into the centre of the town. The animal market is held on the 3rd Saturday of each month, this is where we bought our chickens. It is a good market to take visitors too, as there is plenty of parking, it is easy to walk around and it shows a French market at its best - you are guaranteed to come away with something wonderful for lunch!
“La Vallee des Singes” (Monkey Valley) - An animal park with 350 monkeys and primates. This is a fantastic day out for all the family. Feeding times are advertised and as all the animals are free to roam around, it is wonderful to see them being fed only a metre or so from you. More dangerous primates like gorillas and chimpanzees are housed on their own islands.www.la-vallee-des-singes.fr
“Futuroscope” - A park full of attractions, activities and showswww.futuroscope.com
“Parc Reynou” a zoo in a park! It is very easy to walk around this zoo. There is plenty of information on all the animals, and it is great to see them interacting with each other.www.parczooreynou.com
The historic martyr village of Oradour-Sur-Glane is the site of a WW2 tragedy. Well worth a visit.www.oradour.org