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Châteauponsac - a lovely historic town

Châteauponsac is a lovely historic town that is located in the Haute-Vienne department of the Limousin region. With a full complement of interesting sites and monuments, Châteauponsac is also well situated for discovering all the natural beauty of the Limousin, and for visiting all the main attractions of this region.

Sights to see

There's plenty to see and do in Châteauponsac. The old town oozes charm, and many a pleasant hour can be spent simply walking the old streets and enjoying the atmosphere. Sights of interest include the Roman road and bridge over the River Gartempe, the 11th century Church of Saint Thyrse (a listed historical monument), an excellent museum housed in a former Benedictine priory that traces the history of the Limousin back through the ages, the pilgrim Chapel of Our Lady of All Goodness, remains of the ancient town, and the historic district of Châteauponsac Fauberg de Moustier.

Enjoy daily life in Châteauponsac

Châteauponsac is pretty lively in the summer months and attracts holidaymakers and sightseers. This means that it has become used to supplying the needs of visitors, and offers plenty of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants for your entertainment and everyday needs, including that all important bakery and of course hairdressers! There are also schools, library facilities and a cinema in the town.

Traditional arts and crafts to admire

Châteauponsac is notable for its traditional arts and crafts and the artisans of the town are happy to help visitors to discover their work and the secrets of their crafts. Many operate an open doors policy which can be a fascinating experience. Châteauponsac also holds various markets on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, so be sure to try a bit of authentic French style shopping here. Don't forget your basket!

Out and about

Outdoor activities are popular and plentiful in and around Châteauponsac, with even white water rafting on offer on the river. There are many hiking trails to discover too, in the close vicinity. Other possibilities (if charging the rapids in a rubber raft doesn't quite seem like your thing!) include a wide variety of water sports on nearby Lake Pardoux, horse-riding, fishing, cycle hire and hot air ballooning. Places to visit in the vicinity could be the capital city of Limoges, famous for its beautiful porcelain and pottery, or any of the numerous lovely mediaeval towns and villages such as Le Dorat or Bellac.

How to get there

The town lies within an hour of both Limoges and Poitiers, so it is easy to get there by air or by rail. (The TGV runs to Poitiers or Angoulême from where you can get an onward connection to Limoges.) Drivers will find the town well signposted and only a few minutes from the A20 auto route. It also lies close to the N147 and N145.

Property prices and availability in and around Châteauponsac

Châteauponsac itself is quite desirable, so property on the outskirts of town and in the surrounding countryside tends to be cheaper than in the centre of town. However, prices are generally very reasonable in this area, so an astute buyer should find plenty of bargains.

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Châteauponsac AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Châteauponsac?

Châteauponsac is situated slightly to the west of central France. It lies in the north of the Haute-Vienne department.

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Limousin Guide

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Population: 2,250

Access: By air: Fly to Limoges or Poitiers with budget airline Ryanair. By rail: Take the TGV to Poitiers or Angoulême. By road: The town is just five minutes from the A20 auto route, but also close to the N145 and N147.

Economy: The economy is mixed, and includes agriculture, commerce and tourism. The town also has a reputation for specialising in traditional arts and crafts.

Interesting fact: Châteauponsac is also known as "The Pearl of Gartempe".


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