My wife Diana and I moved to the Limousin from south London via a canal boat in Burton-on-Trent, in early 2014 and have never regretted making the move. I had worked for several years as a delivery driver and planned to retire to a quiet, gentle life in France.
We chose the Limousin, and Le Dorat in particular because the area is full of wonderful, lush, green countryside reminiscent of Devon and the west of England, with little rivers, streams and lakes all over the place. Having four distinct seasons (climate change notwithstanding) was important for us and we enjoy walking our rescued Siberian Husky in all weathers! But best laid plans of mice and men and all that, I now work for Leggett Immobilier and enjoy the challenge of matching properties with new owners.
The northern part of the Haute Vienne (département 87) is still very agricultural, think of the UK in the mid 1950s and you wouldn’t be too far from the reality of life in the Limousin. The capital of this region is Bellac, the sheep capital of France, where the farmers not only produce wonderful lamb, but the famous Limousin cattle are plentiful and provide great beef too.
Take a look through my portfolio of beautiful houses for sale in this region