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Saint Mathieu - picturesque and historic

Saint Mathieu lies in picturesque countryside in the Haute-Vienne department of the Limousin, not far from the borders with the Dordogne and Poitou-Charentes. With its leisure lake, perfect for whiling away those long, sunny summer days, its charming old streets and houses and range of shops and services, Saint Mathieu is a perfect destination for lovers of rural France at its best.

Rural but supplying most needs

Saint Mathieu has the air of a sleepy, rural village, yet its amenities belie this atmosphere, offering a very useful range of shops and services. Whether you need to get cash out of the bank, buy a newspaper, treat yourself to freshly baked bread or even get your hair done, the little town is more than able to fulfil your needs. And during the summer months, night markets set up in the town, selling artisanal and local products. The lake, on the edge of the town, is a great attraction whatever your age and activity level, as you can swim, sail, fish or simply relax on the shores and top up your tan. An additional bonus is the lakeside bar/restaurant.

Out and about

The location of Saint Mathieu opens up the possibilities for enjoying not only the lovely Limousin, but also the neighbouring departments of the Dordogne and Charente. Rochechouart, the chateau town of renown, is just a short drive from Saint Mathieu, while the Limousin capital city, Limoges, is also accessible and more than worth a visit. Sportsmen and women will find access to golf, horse-riding, walking, cycling and many more activities near to the town.

How to get there

The capital of the Limousin region, Limoges, offers the options of arriving by air, with cheap flights from budget airline Ryanair and also Flybe, or by train from Paris. If driving, head for the D699 road. The nearest major road is the N21.

Property prices and availability in and around Saint Mathieu

The Haute-Vienne boasts some of the cheapest house prices in France, and anyone after a bargain property in delightful surroundings would be well advised to consider the town and its environs. For less than 400,000 Euros you could own a house, gîte, land and lake, but if your budget doesn't stretch quite that far you could also find a pretty village house, ready to live in, for just 64,500 Euros. Properties and prices quoted are as of the market at the time of writing.

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Saint Mathieu AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Saint Mathieu?

Saint Mathieu is situated in the west of France. It lies in the very west of the Haute-Vienne department.

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Population: 1,207

Access: By air: Fly to Limoges. By rail: Take the TGV from Paris to Limoges. By road: Saint Mathieu lies near the D699, not far from the N21.

Economy: The economy is largely agricultural, with tourism also a factor.

Interesting fact: Saint Mathieu has a lovely leisure lake where you can swim, fish or sail as well as enjoy a meal in the Restaurant du Lac.


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