Maison du Midi

Magnac Laval nestles in the lush green, gently rolling countryside that typifies the north of the Haute Vienne area of Limousin. So you can happily leave your car at Maison du Midi and spend countless hours enjoying on foot the beautiful countryside surrounding the town.

But within an hour's drive, you will find some of the best walks - and scenery - in Europe. Whether you're rambling along country tracks, following ancient mountain paths, or exploring some of the region's 3,000 lakes and more than 23,000 kilometres of riverbank, Limousin is a walker's paradise. And, with that much water, the fishing here is famous, too.

If you prefer water sports, St. Pardoux lake is a half-hour drive from Magnac Laval. This extensive facility offers sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, rowing, and swimming, and even has a scuba diving school. Alternatively, you can hire a bike or a horse on which to explore the lake's 50 kilometres of marked footpaths.

For those who enjoy history and architecture, Maison du Midi is a great base from which to discover countless treasures. Limousin is literally littered with magnificent medieval chateaux and churches. Many of these are of particular interest to the English. Richard the Lionheart's mother held court in Limoges, and for hundreds of years the English and French fought each other for control of the region. Indeed, the Black Prince spent many years during the 14th century laying waste to as much of Limousin as he could. Luckily, there is still a great deal left.

Two cities are within an hour's drive of Magnac Laval. Poitiers is for good reason called the 'city of a hundred bell towers' and has 78 protected monuments in its centre. Meanwhile, Limoges is world-famous for its pottery, and has a fine old-town quarter and cathedral.

Whatever your interests, your hosts at Maison du Midi will help you to make the most of your time with them.