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Saint Laurent sur Gorre - an historic market town

Saint Laurent sur Gorre is an historic market town which is found in the tranquil countryside of the Haute-Vienne department of the Limousin region in southern central France. The town can trace its roots back to Neolithic times, and there are many remaining features of its history to be found today. Saint Laurent sur Gorre lies, as its name suggests, on the River Gorre, and retains an authentic atmosphere whilst providing all you need for an easy life.

A small town with a large heart

Saint Laurent sur Gorre is a small town with a large heart. Amidst its historic features, which include a castle, a listed church in half Romanesque and half Gothic style, old Master's houses and narrow, winding streets, you can find all the modern shops and services that make life easy and pleasant. There are health services, vets, garages and banks, and a good collection of local shops offering pretty much everything you are likely to need for everyday life. Should you require the facilities of a larger town, the regional capital city of Limoges is less than 30 kilometres away.

Enjoy the weekly market and the botanical gardens

Saint Laurent is a market town, and from June to September it holds a weekly traditional street market which sells all kinds of goods from local gastronomic specialities (beef and dairy products being much celebrated in the region) as well as occasional fairs and Christmas markets. A visit to Saint Laurent's acclaimed botanical gardens is also highly recommended.

Explore charming Rochechouart

There are a number of fascinating places near at hand if you want to explore the wider area from a base in Saint Laurent sur Gorre. The tragic memorial town of Oradour sur Glane is nearby, a poignant reminder of the atrocities of the war, and of course, the wonderful capital city of Limoges deserves at least a day trip. Very close to Saint Laurent is found the charming town of Rochechouart, where you can wander the ancient cobbled streets, enjoy the sight of the magnificent castle and even sneak a glance inside this great building as you visit the excellent modern art gallery housed within.

Activities on offer

The Limousin is, of course, a rural region, and the landscapes of green fields, dense woodlands, rivers, lakes and streams make walking, cycling or horse-riding perfect diversions, and wonderful ways to discover the natural beauty and heritage of the area. Other activities available locally include swimming in lakes, rivers and pools, fishing (permits can be obtained from tabacs), sailing, tennis and golf.

How to get there

Limoges has an international airport offering direct flights from the UK, and the good news for the budget conscious is that the economy airline Ryanair can fly you here for unbelievably low prices. Flybe also serves Limoges. Limoges has a railway station too, served by the very efficient fast trains from Paris. Drivers will find the town on the D21, close to the N21.

Property prices and availability in and around Saint Laurent sur Gorre

The Limousin has a reputation for offering property at bargain basement prices, and although prices have risen in recent years as more and more people discover the beauty and appeal of the region, it is still a great area to find property that doesn't break the bank. It is probably the best place in France to seek rural properties for renovation, or building plots with unobstructed views of the countryside.

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Saint Laurent sur Gorre AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Saint Laurent sur Gorre ?

Saint Laurent sur Gorre is located in southern central France. It lies in the south-west of the Haute-Vienne department.

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Population: 1,553

Access: By air: Fly to Limoges. By road: Saint Laurent sur Gorre lies on the D21, easily accessed from the N21. By rail: The TGV runs to Limoges, making train travel a viable alternative to flying.

Economy: The economy is largely based on agriculture, but other industries include timber and ceramics.

Interesting fact: Saint Laurent sur Gorre can trace its origins back to Neolithic times.


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