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The small town of Arnac-Pompadour is just 3 miles away. Here you will find all you could need including supermarkets, butchers, chemists, bakers, restaurants, cafes, tourist information office and a local market. There are additional restaurants, bars, tourist information offices and markets at nearby Ségur Le Château (4 miles) and Lubersac (3.5 miles).

A haven for wildlife lovers, you need not stray further than the garden to observe the red squirrels, red kites, herons, deer, buzzards, woodpeckers, hen harriers and migrating cranes. With many nearby footpaths and bridleways, you are free to explore on foot, bicycle or horse, and if the local walks leave you refreshed and wanting more, the region boasts many activities and festivals to satisfy the most adventurous of visitors.

Perhaps a gentle stroll in the forest looking for mushrooms, a train ride along the Gorges de la Vézère, or a day's fishing or gold-panning at one of the local lakes or rivers (nearest is a 5-minute walk) will satisfy the need to get out and about, but don't forget to stop off for a coffee at a local bar.

Should you seek a little more excitement, why not try a flight in a hot air balloon - perhaps you'll get a bird's eye view of Le Roc. We may even be able to arrange for you to be picked up by balloon from Le Roc itself. Alternatively, you can always place your bets at the races (incl dressage, flat & steeplechase races May to September), or if gambling's not your style, spend an afternoon wandering around one of France's National Studs, created by Louis XV and famous for the breeding of Anglo-Arab horses since 1761, at Arnac-Pompadour. You will also find tennis, swimming, and horseriding nearby. Within 20 minutes by car, you could be climbing, rafting or kayaking - the choice is endless.

Stunning medieval village of Segur le Chateau Segur le Chateau

For a bit of culture and history, you can follow the Richard The Lionheart trail, visiting any number of beautiful castles and ancient villages, all on your own doorstep. Pompadour Château itself was presented in 1745 by Louis XV to his mistress, Madame de Pompadour. Throughout the year, there are local village festivals where you can immerse yourself in the French way of life - try the 'raspberry' festival or flower show at Concèze or the accordian festival at Tulle. In addition to the medieval village of Ségur Le Château, you will find another two of France's 'plus beaux villages' - St Robert and Turenne. The city of Limoges, famous for its porcelain, offers further interest with its art galleries, museums and gardens. Alternatively, you can take a leisurely drive along the nut or apple route, tasting and exploring along the way or go down to Brive-La-Gaillarde for a round of golf or to watch their famous rugby team at work.

Within 90 minutes you could be in the popular market town of Sarlat-La-Caneda, the historic red-stoned village of Collonges-La-Rouge, or the hilltop pilgrim village of Rocamadour. Further affield, yet still within 2 hours, you could be skiing down the Auvergne volcanoes.

At Le Roc you will find yourself in a very fortunate location for exploring the many delights of hidden rural France.

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