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Six of the Best Towns in Limousin

A guide to six towns in Limousin where you should buy a property

Limousin - property is cheap and the countryside stunning

The Limousin is best known for its lush green landscapes of pastures and woodland. It is a region that has such natural beauty that Monet and the other impressionists drew inspiration from its green fields and moody, purple heather-clad moors for their paintings. It is also a land of lakes. The Limousin is France's very own Lakeland, with these shimmering expanses of quiet water found all over the region. Some are undisturbed, while others are hives of activity offering water sports, beaches, camping grounds and restaurants. The Limousin is a land of agriculture too, with historic towns to offer as well. And the Limousin has another great attraction - cheap property. In fact the Limousin still offers some of the cheapest property in the country. So why not have a look at the six towns in the Limousin that we have selected below, which all have great properties for sale? Get to know them and find your favourite.

1. Boussac - an historic French market town

Boussac is a small market town in the Creuse department, set in lovely countryside, with its own magnificent Gothic castle! With a population of just 1,600, the town is typically rural, yet has a good Thursday market and all amenities. It's also perfectly located for enjoying outdoor activities. Golf can be found nearby, as can great walking, horse-riding, cycling and fishing. Property in and around Boussac is plentiful, varied and cheap, what more could you want?

2. Guéret - a well equipped town near a forest and lake

If Boussac is a little on the small side for you, and you prefer access to more amenities, then it is worth considering buying a property in Guéret. Guéret, also in the Creuse, has a population of 15,000. And it has got all the amenities and facilities you'd expect from a town of that size. But as this is the Limousin, it's still surrounded by stunning countryside. In fact the Chabriet Forest, complete with a wildlife park where you can see wolves and many other species, is on the doorstep. And there's a fabulous leisure lake for many water sports and family fun. Property prices in Guéret range from a mere 12,000 Euros for a cottage to renovate to 950,000 Euros for a rather more luxurious fully restored 18th century Presbytery, suitable for use as a hotel. In between, there are all kinds of properties at all kinds of prices, so you're bound to find something to suit.

3. Le Dorat - an attractive, historic town near Lake Pardoux

Le Dorat, in the Haute-Vienne is a beautiful little town. Its collegiate church is its main claim to heritage glory, but there are many other authentic historic features too. For everyday convenience you'll find shops, services and supermarkets in the town. There's a leisure lake (Lac Pardoux) on hand (in true Limousin style!) for water sports, fishing and relaxation. And, the town's got a good choice when it comes to bars and restaurants to enjoy the social life and gastronomy of the area. So, what about the property in and around Le Dorat? If you're after a bargain, this is the place with prices from just 15,000 Euros.

4. Bussière Poitevine - a picturesque, riverside town

The town of Bussière Poitevine is another to consider, if you're looking for that special Limousin property. Also set in the Haute-Vienne department, and hence with access to the capital city of Limoges, Bussière Poitevine is a picturesque riverside town. It's essentially very rural, but it's got charming local shops, schools, doctors and other handy services. There are a few bars and restaurants too for your enjoyment. Property here begins at just 17,000 Euros, and there's everything from building plots to mansions to choose from.

5. Bellac - rural and tranquil with outdoor activities on the doorstep

If you can't get enough of the Limousin's lakes and rivers, how about the cute little town of Bellac? It's another lovely riverside town, pretty as a picture postcard. Tranquillity is the order of the day, so Bellac's a great place to find an escape from the stress of UK life and to immerse yourself in the countryside. Outdoor activities in and around Bellac include tennis, golf, water sports, walking and cycling. Lake Pardoux is on the doorstep. Looking for really cheap property? No problem! What about a barn to convert for an unbelievable 6,450 Euros?

6. Limoges - grand capital of Limousin

Last, but no way least, on our list of six Limousin towns comes Limoges. Limoges has something to appeal to everyone. It is, of course, famed for its wonderful porcelain and ceramics, but there's a lovely historical quarter to explore as well. And it goes without saying that Limoges offers brilliant shopping and dining opportunities. Of course, even life in Limoges isn't confined to city business. You're never far from a lake in this region, and here you have Lake Vassivière, second to none for water sports and fun. If you want to buy property around the city, you've got plenty of choice. In or near to Limoges there are great properties to see, many priced at well under the national average.

How to find your property in the Limousin with French Property Links

French Property Links and its French language sister site can help you find that ideal property in the six towns above. They have got years of experience in the French property market in Limousin. And, they have links with estate agents and private sellers allowing you to search the best of what's on the market in 2012. Whether you want to buy or sell a property in Boussac, Guéret, Le Dorat, Bussière Poitevine, Bellac or Limoges, they are there to help.

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