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About Limousin

Limousin has the quiet, rustic charm of real work, rather than tourist centres describing the work that once took place here. There are rolling pastures, soft-faced, milk-chocolate coloured cows ‘lowing’, whatever that means, and pretty working villages.

Many of the best places to stay in Limousin are chateaux dotted around the countryside, idyllic places to hideaway and relax, surrounded by green.

But if you’re looking for a lively break you might try Limoges; and if you’re looking for the most interesting villages then the agricultural Corrèze region in the southeast is probably one of the best places to stay in Limousin.

If that’s not quite enough for you then the more dramatic landscape of the Dordogne is to the south and the refined views of the Loire are to the north.

What not to miss

  • Be sure to pass by Old Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienn, the haunting remnants of a village massacred back in 1944 and which has since been frozen in time. A moving experience.
  • Tours de Merle, the remains of a medieval castle located in a picturesque forest setting, is a beautiful spot.
  • Alternatively, head to the 13th-century Limoges Cathedral or the Gothic Abbaye de Moutier d'Ahun.

Whatever you're looking for, our pick of the best places to stay in Limousin will be sure to help you find just what you need.

The best places to stay in Limousin

To relax

  • La Chapelle St Martin is an elegant country house with 14 rooms, a private lake, pool and tennis facilities. Rooms are large and sophisticated and there’s a gourmet restaurant, and plenty of activities on offer.
  • Hotel Joyet de Maubec boasts smart rooms, a sauna, a gym, and lovely set-menu restaurant.

For romance

  • The Chateau de Castel Novel is a beautiful chateau set within 25 acres of woodland, with 37 charming rooms, a restaurant specialising in local cuisine and lovely gardens, an outdoor pool and terrace, tennis courts and an orangery.
  • Built in the 13th Century, the Chateau de Lissac is now a five bedroom hotel with rustic charm and gorgeous details. There’s a lovely terrace and splendid, secluded gardens.
  • Chateau de la Cazine is a sublime 18th-century chateau - a dreamy escape! Indulgent rooms featuring plenty of antiques, brilliant cuisine and lovely gardens.
  • Chateau du Ludaix boasts individually-styled suites and gourmet four-course dinners. A chic spot.

For great value

  • The Chateau De la Greze is an 18th-century chateau converted into a five bedroom B&B with an outdoor pool, beautiful sun terrace and a hotel kitchen which also offers cooking classes in the local style. Charming, and with great access to the region’s highlights. And rooms starting from around £70 per night.
  • The Hostellerie La Bergerie is a farmhouse with private villas, surrounding an outdoor pool and tennis court. The villas also have private terraces. And there’s an authentic French restaurant.

For an apartment, holiday home or villa

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering apartment then browse through the wide selection available with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Weather-wise, Limousin is nicest in the summer months - the average daily temperature rises to 19°C in August.
  • However, this is peak season, so for a quieter and cheaper alternative consider visiting in spring or autumn.
  • Fly into Limoges Airport before taking a bus or a train on to your final destination.
  • Alternatively, hire a car with Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Limousin

  • Chateau de la greze Brivezac, Limousin 5 rooms from £68

    Country Escape  -  A charming location with a real sense of quiet, plus riding, cycling and foodie activites all close by
    Sights nearby  -  France’s most historic sites including Rocamodor, Collonges-la-Rouge, Chateau de Castelnau, Abbaye d’Aubazine
    Cooking classes  -  Within the hotel kitchen, french delicacies such as foie gras
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A lovely B&B in an 18th century chateau. Large rooms feature traditional details and all the mod cons. An outdoor pool, beautiful gardens and a sun terrace for soaking up the rays. Authentic regional dishes from the kitchen and bikes available to explore the countryside from. Charming, stylish. See More

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  • Hostellerie La Bergerie Oradour-sur-Vayres, Limousin 7 rooms from £75

    Sights nearby  -  Historic Castles: Coussac-Bonneval, Montbrun and Chalus
    Great walks  -  Direct access on to the GR4 walking trail
    Restaurant  -  Daily set menu must be booked in advance
    Tennis  -  Tennis Court at Hotel
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    This farmhouse offers private villas set in 5 acres of garden. Guests can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool and tennis court. Bedrooms have modern interiors with comfortable seating area and private terrace. The restaurant offers authentic french cuisine and outdoor dining. A relaxing country escape. See More

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  • La Chapelle St Martin Nieul, Limousin 14 rooms from £89

    Cooking classes  -  Cookery classes are held every Weds and Sat afternoons
    Fishing  -  Hotel can advise on local/on site fishing
    Great walks  -  Hotel within 35 hectare walled park
    Tennis  -  On site tennis courts
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    This elegant country house is set in a stunning 35 hectare park with private lake, swimming pool and tennis facilities. Rooms are sophisticated, refined and spacious. The hotel offers guests a gourmet restaurant serving fresh, local produce. A tranquil hideaway with plenty of activities on offer. See More

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  • Chateau de la Cazine Noth, Limousin 19 rooms from £86

    Romantic Break  -  Perfect for a romantic break in a chateau, with plush suites, decadent interiors and side by side bath tubs.
    Country Escape  -  A glorious 18th century chateau set in a seventy hectare estate, the ideal rural retreat.
    Fishing  -  Anglers will be pleased to hear the estate is home to two fishing lakes.
    Great walks  -  Head off and explore the beautiful wooded walking trails.
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    A spectacular 18th century chateau, in a sublime parkland setting. The plush rooms hark back to France's regal past with antique furniture and opulent decor. In the evening, guests can enjoy a cocktail in bar before sampling delicious seasonal cuisine from the restaurant. A wondrous rural hotel. See More

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  • Chateau de Castel Novel Varetz, Limousin 37 rooms from £112

    Country Escape  -  Look out over the wild park in which the hotel sits, riding, cycling and tennis all close at hand
    Great walks  -  Hotel sits within 25 acres of woodland, so plenty of space to walk
    Local markets  -  Local food markets during the week days, and some on evenings
    Tennis  -  Tennis court on site
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A stunning chateau set within woodlands. Charming rooms full of character have exposed beams, floral wallpapers, and views of the trees. The restaurant serves superb French cuisine. Gardens, outdoor pool, terrace, tennis court and an orangery. Elegant, peaceful, rustic. See More

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  • Chateau du Ludaix Limousin 10 rooms from £104

    Groups  -  The Chateau is available to be rented out in its entirety and is the perfect place to host a celebration.
    Country Escape  -  A wonderfully relaxing spot situated in gorgeous countryside.
    Great walks  -  Miles of walkways starting from the chateau's grounds.
    Kayaking  -  Take a relaxing ride down the River Gorges.
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A stunning chateau owned and run by the family of Henry Hollande. Delightfully dramatic throughout with suites named after family members and guests. Individually styled suites are filled with antiques yet have a contemporary feel. Four course meals served in the candlelit dinning room. Tres chic. See More

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  • Hotel Joyet de Maubec Uzerche 8 rooms from £105

    Families  -  Junior suite offers a comfortable stay for families, whilst the range of outdoor excursions will keep everyone satisfied
    Great walks  -  The Pays d'Uzerche offers tours ranging from family friendly to the course for seasoned hiker
    Sights nearby  -  Abbey Saint Pierre Uzerche and Abbey Saint Pierre de Vigeois are not to be missed
    Kayaking  -  Canoeing can be arranged on the river

    Renovated hotel in 17th century building. Gorgeous rooms retain original stone walls, with contemporary furniture and art on the walls. Gym, sauna, terrace and garden. Excellent set-menu restaurant with focus on seasonal produce. Luxurious and family-friendly. See More

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  • Chateau de Lissac Limousin 5 rooms from £142

    Romantic Break  -  Charming rooms with thoughful details, pretty gardens and hotel can prepare a picnic for afternoon walk
    Sights nearby  -  Towns of Limousin, Périgord and Quercy
    Kayaking  -  Canoes Safaraid Dordogne
    Great walks  -  Around Causse Lake
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    13th century chateau next to Causse Lake. Gorgeous rooms feature contemporary furniture with rustic charm and exposed brick bathrooms. Sit-out terrace within the splendid gardens. Secluded and romantic. See More

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