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Vayres - a village of roses

Vayres is the village of roses. The villagers are proud of the glorious roses that deck the streets and gardens with an artist's palette of colours from spring through to October every year. They're so proud, in fact, that they applied to have the name of the village officially changed to Vayres les Roses. It's only a small, rural place, but it's charming and pretty. And, the roses alone make it worth a visit!

Village life in Vayres

With less than 1,000 residents, Vayres is really just a small, rural village. However, it is equipped with some handy local amenities. You'll be able to buy delicious bread and pastries from two bakeries, buy stamps and other postal essentials from the Post Office and even enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine in the local bar/tabac. Of course, you can't live on these things alone, but Rochechouart is just minutes away and offers plenty of shops, bars and restaurants in a glorious mediaeval setting.

Vayres's heritage

There aren't really any grand historical monuments in Vayres itself (but if that's what you want, all you have to do is pop along the road to mediaeval Rochechouart) but there are one or two things of interest. The village church is charming, with lovely stained glass windows, so is worth a visit. Many of the houses in Vayres are old and characterful too. It's also of interest to know that the village lies within the imprint of an enormous crater that was created by a massive meteor strike many centuries ago. The natural heritage that surrounds the village is notable, as Vayres is within the stunning Parc Naturel Régional Périgord Limousin.

Explore nearby historic cities and leisure lakes

The beautiful countryside of the Périgord Limousin Natural Park is all around the village, and thus Vayres makes a wonderful base for walkers. Places to visit in the locality include the principal city of Limoges, the massive leisure lake, Lake Vassivière and the tragic memorial town of Oradour sur Glane, scene of a Nazi atrocity in June 1944. The mediaeval town of Rochechouart also offers an interesting meteorite museum, telling the story of the massive meteorite strike that is such a part of the area's history.

How to get there

You can travel by air or rail (TGV) to Limoges. The roads to look for if driving are the D675/D34/D122. The nearest motorways are the N21 and the N141 non toll roads.

Property prices and availability in and around Vayres

Property prices in the region are usually very reasonable, and in 2013, this can mean downright cheap! The Haute-Vienne is a popular department, but even there prices have been lowered in many cases to meet the requirements of the economic downturn. So, if you're looking for a bargain, Vayres might just be the place!

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WHERE IS Vayres?

Vayres is situated in the west of the Haute-Vienne department, close to the border with Poitou-Charentes and the Charente department.

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Population: 826

Access: By air: Fly to Limoges direct from the UK. By rail: You can take a TGV to Limoges. By road: There nearest major roads are the N141 and N21. The town lies at the junction of the D675/D34/D122.

Economy: The economy is rural and agricultural. Small commerce is present.

Interesting fact: Vayres finds itself set in the imprint of the crater created by a meteorite storm that struck nearby Rochechouart several centuries ago.


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