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Bessines sur Gartempe - a picturesque, peaceful village

The picturesque village of Bessines sur Gartempe is found in the lovely Limousin countryside, in the department of the Haute-Vienne. Lying in peaceful surroundings, yet near to the city of Limousin and many lively market towns and other attractions, the village is the perfect location for sun-drenched holidays, get away from it all treats, heritage visits, outdoor pursuits or to settle down to a new life in France.

Well equipped and historic to boot

The village is so well equipped with local amenities that you may not feel the need to stray far away for quite some time! Shops include a couple of bakers, a butcher's, a wine cave, a florist's, a post office and a newsagent's, in addition to no less than three supermarkets! Other services offered are several banks, cafés, numerous restaurants, doctors and vets. If you are considering a full-time move to the village and have children, it is good to know that there are both primary and senior schools there. And the village is not just attractive and well equipped, it is also historic. The patrimony boasts a Romanesque church, a Cathar bridge, an 18th century cross and a ruined castle from the Middle Ages.

Enjoy lakes, fishing, walking and cycling

The Limousin is often known as the "Lakeland of France", and there can be few more pleasant ways of spending summer days than swimming, relaxing, sailing or taking part in the numerous outdoor activities offered by these plentiful leisure lakes. Lac Saint Pardoux is just over a ten-minute drive from Bessines sur Gartempe, and has activities for all the family to enjoy. This is wonderful walking and cycling country too, with endless quiet lanes and tracks to follow. Meanwhile fishermen can find a vast choice of fishing lakes and rivers, and permits can usually be obtained from local tabacs.

Visit tragic Oradour sur Glanes and lovely Bellac

Places to visit include the tragic war village of Oradour sur Glanes, scene of a terrible Nazi massacre in 1940 and preserved just as it was left that day; the lovely town of Bellac, perched on a hill above a river; and the fascinating city of Limoges.

How to get there

Limoges has both an airport (with direct flights offered by Ryanair and Flybe) and a TGV station, making access to the area simple and inexpensive from the UK. If you are driving, the village is easily found from the A20 motorway.

Property prices and availability in and around Bessines sur Gartempe

The Limousin is still one of the cheapest areas in France for property, despite its growing popularity with overseas buyers and second home seekers. Bargains currently available include several plots of approved building land starting from just 23,000 Euros, houses from under 100,000 Euros and even properties suitable for business purposes, providing a potential income as well as a place to live in this lovely village.

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Bessines sur Gartempe AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Bessines sur Gartempe?

Bessines sur Gartempe is located slightly to the west of the centre of France. It lies in the north-east of the Haute-Vienne department.

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Population: 2,876

Access: By air: Fly to Limoges airport with budget airline Ryanair. By rail: Rail travel is possible as Limoges has a TGV station. By road: The town is found near the A20 motorway.

Economy: The economy is based on agriculture. Small commerce is present.

Interesting fact: The name "Bessines" mean neighbourly or neighbourhood.

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