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Arnac Pompadour - a chateau and chevaux

The town of Arnac Pompadour, set in the Corrèze department of the green and pleasant Limousin region, is notable not just for its intriguing history surrounding Madame de Pompadour, favoured mistress of Louis XV, but for its superb chateau and also for its horses. A great centre for horse breeding, Arnac Pompadour is also frequently referred to as "The City of the Horse".

Around town

The history of Arnac Pompadour is worth investigating, bound up as it is with the favourite mistress of Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour, whose name is immortalised in the name of the town. The built heritage is most notably evident in the grand chateau, something of a tourist attraction for the town, and which is open to visitors at specified times. Also worth a visit, especially for horse lovers, is the National Stud Farm. There is also a race track which provides entertainment for anyone who enjoys a day at the races.

Amenities on offer

Arnac Pompadour is a lively town, and has excellent shops and other amenities. Supermarkets, small shops, doctors, chemists and a Saturday market are all part of the collection.

Nearby towns to visit

The nearby town of Uzerche is quite beautiful. Set beside the River Vézère, this glorious mediaeval town sits on the top of a rocky spur and has commanding views over the surrounding countryside, positively inviting you to wander its ancient streets and dream of days gone by. Segur le Château is another not to be missed, as it is rightly designated as one of the most beautiful towns in France. For major shopping expeditions you might head for the large town of Brive la Gaillarde. Tulle, the prefecture for the Corrèze, is also lovely to visit, although not as large as Brive.

Enjoy hot air ballooning or a round of golf

Out in the countryside, there is plenty to keep you occupied, no matter what your age or favourite type of activity. Horse riders will love the area, as there are ample opportunities to both attend horsey events and to get hands on and active riding, while further possibilities include walking, hot air ballooning and even golf.

How to get there

You have a good choice of airports to fly to, including Brive la Gaillarde, Limoges, Rodez and Bergerac. The nearest two, Brive and Limoges, are served by CityJet (seasonal flights only), and Ryanair and Flybe respectively. The excellent TGV rail services also run to Brive and Limoges. If driving, the road to look for is the D901/D7, with the nearest auto route being the A20.

Property prices and availability in and around Arnac Pompadour

Property in and around Arnac Pompadour can be found at quite reasonable prices, although it can be a little pricier than in the northern Limousin. It is a superb area for country style properties suitable for equestrians.

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Arnac Pompadour AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Arnac Pompadour?

Arnac Pompadour is situated in central France, in the west of the Corrèze department.

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IN THE REGION OF LIMOUSIN

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRÈZE

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Population: 1,245


Access: By air: Fly to Brive la Gaillarde or Limoges. By rail: The TGV takes you to Brive la Gaillarde or Limoges. By road: If driving, the village is located on the D901/D7.


Economy: The economy is mainly agricultural, and centres around horse breeding. The chateau also attracts tourism.


Interesting fact: Arnac Pompadour is often called "The City of the Horse".

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