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Dournazac - famous for its chateau and chestnuts

Dournazac is a small village in the Haute-Vienne department of the Limousin region of south-west France which is notable for its beautiful 15th century castle, Château Montbrun. The village is also famed for its October Chestnut Fair, which transforms this sleepy little place into a blaze of colour, with aromas of roasting chestnuts and a vibrant atmosphere.

Enjoy village life

The delightful Chestnut Fair takes place every year on the last Sunday in October. It is an event that really puts this little village on the map, as people travel from some distance away to enjoy the festivities. Meanwhile the village offers shops, services and a very popular bar restaurant, with a lovely leisure lake nearby too.

Additional amenities found close by

Further facilities and supermarkets can be easily accessed in the larger town of Chalus, while a little further away is the city of Limoges, with everything you could ever want and more!

Stay at stunning Château Montbrun

The main sight of Dournazac is the Château Montbrun. The castle is stunning, and one of the finest examples of its period. It is a protected national monument, but is privately owned and currently used as a hotel. Château Montbrun has suffered various attacks throughout its turbulent history, notably in the Hundred Years War, when it was taken twice by the English, during the Wars of Religion, and again in the French revolution. It was painstakingly restored in the 1960s, and is now in excellent condition. Apart from the chateau, the village also has a pretty little church.

Explore the lakes of the Limousin

The Limousin region is known as France's Lakeland, and the many leisure lakes are not only a beautiful feature of the landscape, but also ideal for enjoying the many sports and activities they offer. Fishing, swimming, sailing, canoeing are all possible on and in the lakes, while many have additional facilities such as tennis courts and cafés as well. The region is a natural home to all manner of outdoor pursuits, with safe off road walking and horse-riding, quiet roads for cyclists, golf courses and much more.

Discover Oradour sur Glanes and neighbouring Dordogne

The tragic village of Oradour sur Glanes is another place worth a visit, as it has been preserved as a memorial to those killed in the Nazi atrocity that took place there. The location of Dournazac also renders it an ideal base from which to enjoy the delightful Dordogne department, which lies just to the south.

How to get there

The nearest airport is found at Limoges, only half an hour away, which also has a TGV service for those who prefer to travel by rail. Limoges is served by Ryanair and Flybe. Drivers can find Dournazac from the N21, on the D6bis.

Property prices and availability in and around Dournazac

It's a great area to find low priced property, in spite of all the obvious attractions. With exciting renovation properties on the market at around 50,000 Euros and finished properties for under 100,000, there are possibilities here for everyone.

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Dournazac AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Dournazac?

Dournazac lies in the west of France, in the south-west of the Haute-Vienne department, close to the border with the Dordogne and Aquitaine.

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Population: 719

Access: By air: Fly to Limoges. By rail: The TGV runs to Limoges. By road: The town is easily accessed from the D6bis and the N21.

Economy: The economy is predominantly agricultural.

Interesting fact: Dournazac has a beautiful 15th century castle, Château Montbrun.


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