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Come on holiday in Pays Gaillard to recharge your batteries and to visit!

Martine and Alain, your hosts, share here their suggestions for visits, walks and activities. Places very close to the gîtes where you can get there on foot and places a few kilometers away, but which are really worth the detour if you have never been to the Corrèze region! 

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Pretty hikes and walks

On the side of the small village of Soulier , to the west of the Causse lake, rises the Pelee mountain of the Causse Corrézien. From above, the view of the lake is panoramic. You choose to climb it on foot or try the mountain bike circuit.  

There is no shortage of hiking trails around the gîtes: Peyrefaure (PR16), Puy de Fournet (PR4) where the Virgin of Notre Dame des Champs dominates and many other circuits to discover by theme on the Office de Tourism.  

In the area, climbing is also practiced at Fournet and at the Cirque de la Doux, at St Cernin de Larche. To access the Cirque de la Doux, two choices. Either by the village of Laroche by choosing to climb or by the hiking trail that leads to the cliff. A magnificent view of the valley is to be discovered! 

Balade autour des la Maison des Templiers en automne vers le Fournet près du Lac du Causse
Lors de votre séjour à la maison des templiers, profitez des activités nautiques et des plages et animations du Lac du Causse
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Outdoor sports

3 km from the Maison des Templiers and 500 m from the Moulin de La Doux (less than 10 minutes by car), there is the Causse lake , a must in the region! The bravest can get there on foot! Be careful, the small road that will take you to the lake via the charming village of Fournet (a must-see!) descends on the outward journey and will therefore climb on the way back! At the lake, you can go around on foot or by mountain bike, go waterskiing or tubing, try rowing, rent a pedal boat with your family.  


The Causse lake also attracts fishermen, take note for amateurs! Good to know, you can also fish in the Couze. Find all the information on fishing in Corrèze.  


So many activities to plan around a picnic on the lake beach or an aperitif at the end of the day at the bar on the way while playing a game of petanque! In July and August, spend one of your evenings at the guinguette du lac , the friendly atmosphere with a concert could well please you!  


Golf enthusiasts will have the choice, the Golf de Planchetorte located in Brive 15 minutes from the gîtes or the Golf du Coiroux further away in Aubazine 40 minutes away. 

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Tourist visits

From 20 minutes to 1 hour journey , you will discover very different landscapes, this is also the richness of Corrèze. Heading west, in the small town of Noailles 20 minutes away, the Gouffre de La Fage is an original underground visit to be planned over half a day. 30 minutes to the east, Aubazine dominates the Coiroux gorges and is home to an impressive Cistercian abbey. Don't miss the 2 km walk along the Canal des Moines on the side of the rock, it's just magnificent!   


From there, continue on the D38 to reach the pretty village of Collonges-la-Rouge. It is here that the association of the most beautiful villages of France was born. You will have plenty to do in the south of Corrèze Turenne and its perched castle, Curemonte "the village of three", Branceilles and its vineyard of 1001 stones...


Further north, 25 minutes towards Donzenac, the Pans de Travassac are worth the detour. This one-of-a-kind tourist site will allow you to discover the famous slate quarries that cover, among other things, the roofs of Mont-Saint-Michel! From here the vineyard of Coteaux de la Vézère is not very far. To continue the excursion, continue towards Pompadour to discover its national stud farm, one of the top places for equestrian events in France. Arrived as far as Pompadour, we continue for about ten kilometers to get to Ségur-le-Château , also classified as the most beautiful village in France. 

à partir du gîte le Moulin de la Doux, visitez le gouffre de Padirac et les autres gouffres de la région dont le gouffre de La Fage non loin de Brive La Gaillarde
Rocamadour fait parti des sites incontournables de vos vacances à la Maison des Templiers
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Must-see places

In the Vézère Valley , the International Center for Parietal Art, Lascaux IV , is only 35 minutes from the gîtes. Direction Montignac via the A89 for a cultural, scientific and digital experience to do with the family!


45 minutes by car, reach Sarlat-la-Canéda , the capital of the Périgord Noir, renowned worldwide for its 66 listed monuments, its gastronomy and its well-preserved architectural heritage. Beyond the Dordogne Valley , in Quercy about 1 hour by road via the A20, you can visit the majestic medieval and religious citadel of Rocamadour and the incredible Gouffre de Padirac .  


During the summer, all these sites are very busy, remember to book your tickets! 

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markets, local producers and restaurants 

Foie gras, cabécou, straw wine, nuts, truffles… You will quickly realize that here we like to talk about gastronomy, we like good products and we like to eat. Here is Martine's selection of where to eat well! 

Lors de votre séjour à la Maison des templiers, gôte et piscine au Sud Corrèze, ne manquez pas de faire le Marché de Brive la Gaillarde.

The Festive Markets of local producers : they take place every summer in several Chartrier-ferrière villages, Le Saillant, Ayen and Sainte-Féréole, check the calendar!


To begin with, the famous Brive-la-Gaillarde market sung by Brassens is to be seen, its diversity, its atmosphere... take the opportunity to visit the city, pass by the Denoix distillery and the Lamy chocolate factory with its delicious tea room!

Vos vacances à La Masion des Templiers : Manger local et passez une soirée festive sur Les marchés festifs de Corrèze ont lieu tout l'été


la truffière expérimentale de Chartrier-Ferrière située au sud du lac du Causse et des gîtes de la Maison des Templiers

Oh the truffle! Nothing better than visiting a truffle! Two addresses to choose from: the experimental truffle farm of Chartrier-Ferrière located south of the Causse lake or further 25 minutes away the truffle farm and its restaurant in Cuzance in the Lot. This visit will be an opportunity to discover where the black truffle is hidden, to understand how to find it and to meet the professionals of this coveted black diamond. 



visite du patrimoine vivant de Brive la gaillarde lors de votre séjour à la Maison des Templiers

15 minutes from the gîtes, the Bovetti chocolate factory located in Terrasson offers a trip to the land of chocolate: history of chocolate, observation of chocolate production and tasting. A visit that children love!  



à 15 minutes des gîtes de la Maison des Templiers, la chocolaterie Bovetti située à Terrasson

But also ....

Martine's favorite restaurants: l'art des mets (gourmet cuisine) and La Terrasse (traditional cuisine) in Larche, Le Vieux Cantou (traditional cuisine) in Cublac,  La Barbacane (traditional cuisine) in Curemonte…  


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