If you want to be right in the heart of France look for fishing cottages in Limousin. There is a great selection of gites and villas and by using the extensive feature list you can easily find just what you’re looking for; you may be holidaying with young children or pets and need an enclosed garden, want a cafe or bar nearby or perhaps your own private swimming pool, the choice really is yours.
Located on the north western edge of the Massif Central, and one of the smallest regions of France, fishing holiday cottages in Limousin are perfect for those who appreciate unspoilt beautiful countryside and picturesque towns and villages. The region has so many streams, rivers and lakes with big fish, anglers will be spoilt for choice with some spots well and truly off the beaten track.
If you like to be beside a lake head for Reservoir Puy d’Age for some fly fishing, a few kilometres from the village of Bellsane, a scenic setting and you can catch decent sized trout and other game fish. About 35 kilometres north of Bellac is the Etang Communal Plaisance, a 4 acre lake with mixed fishing in lovely surroundings and plenty of wildlife to spot including carp leaping amongst lily beds.
For those who like a day on the river head for the banks of the River Vienne at Limoges. The river is 219 miles long and winds its way through the uplands of Limousin. Limoges has some lovely holiday cottages with fishing in Limousin and is the first large town on the river. There are stocks of pike, carp, perch, zander, chub, roach and if you’re lucky you may catch a trout. You can fish all year round and in summer the weir is superb with a constant flow of water no matter how high or low the river level is. Day tickets or holiday permits are easily available.
For those not so quite so hooked on fishing Limoges, the capital of Limousin, is brimming over with art, history and lovely walks in manicured parks or along the river. The old centre boasts medieval buildings, castles and bridges plus a magnificent cathedral. Well known for its porcelain industry a visit to the Porcelin and Tapestry museum is not to be missed. You can all meet up in the evening at a cafe or bar to discuss the ‘catch of the day’.
Eymoutiers, also on the banks of Vienne, has a fabulous fishing lake as well as 70 kilometres of marked walking trails plus rock climbing, horse riding and much more, something to please everyone. Lake Barriouses, 4 kilometres north of Treignac, is a 99 acre lake with great fishing, a summer beach and restaurant, plus many more activities. Treignac has many medieval buildings, fountains and chapels that lead you up to the Belvedere for panoramic views.
There are many other places with fishing and lots to do and see for the non-fishers such as Egletons, La Souterraine, Rochechouart and Brive-la-Gaillarde. You will in for a treat in Limousin and the best way to enjoy this tranquil and preserved part of France is to stay in your very own self-catering cottage.
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