Treignac is our nearest local town to Le Ranch Camping, here you will find a lovely medieval old town, plenty of small winding little streets and pretty buildings. There is a walking tourist trail which you can either follow by yourself, or, through the summer season, there are guided tours. Treignac also has most of the basic amenities you may require. There are several restaurants to choose from in the town itself, also, on the outskirts is La Plage, a beach area with water based activities and a beach bar restaurant.
There are many small pretty villages to visit in the area where you can explore and wonder around the old cobble streets soaking up the history , go shopping at the local markets or just sit with a coffee and watch the world go by.
Brive-la-Gaillarde and Limoges are larger towns/cities with a more cosmopolitan feel, perfect to go shopping and enjoy larger markets, Brive has the famous Georges Brassen food market, open on on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning. Both these towns have airports which operate to the UK and France.
Our nearest lake is Lac Baroiusses just north of Treignac, as well as sunbathing on its sandy beach, you can enjoy swimming and fishing all year and for July and August the Station Sports Nature is open with canoeing-kayak, sailing, pedalo and stand up paddling, mountain biking, bungy trampoline as well as an inflatable water park. From May to the end of September the Cote Ti Plage restaurant and bar is open with snacks and sit down meals available.
Another swimming lake with a beach, is Lac de Bournazel at Seilhac with supervised swimming in July and August, diving board, fishing, children’s games, Pedalo, canoe and kayak hire.
A smaller more tranquil lake is at Chaumeil, nestled in the heart of the Massif des Monédières, with its water wheel and stunning setting this lake offers a more tranquil setting. The lake has supervised swimming for July and August only.
Le Ranch Camping is in an ideal place for a hiking or cycling. We are minutes away from the GR46 and the GR440 walking routs, maps are available from our tourist infomation point. The Monédières massif has around thirty puys (mountains with rounded profiles), the highest of which is La Monédière, which is 919m above sea level and then the massif’s second highest point, the unmissable (and our favourite spot) Puy du Suc au May this approximately a 1 hour 40 minutes walk from Le Ranch Camping, it offers superb views of the Monédières, the Millevaches plateau and the Auvergne mountains from its orientation table at 908m above sea level. Detailed walks are available at reception.
We are very lucky be place at the foot of two flying points for paragliding, we often see them flying from the campsite. We work closely with a local company who can offer tandem flights just minutes from the campsite. We have even had a flight our self and can recommend their services.
From the campsite you can view the Puy de la Monedieres as well as paragliding from this puy there is a VTT track from the summit. The video give you a good idea of what to expect.
Local produce is important to both residents and visitors alike and with really good food available everywhere here. You can find it in simple country inns or village bistros, brasseries, or establishments with Michelin stars. But it’s not just about restaurants; it all starts literally at ground level, in fields, orchards and vineyards, where produce of the highest quality begins its life. Many of our products have official quality certification such as AOP or Label Rouge; and these are not awarded lightly. They are all to be found on the numerous markets. Towns and many villages have once or twice weekly markets throughout the year; whilst in summer, Local Farmers’ Markets, at which only producers from the surrounding communities can trade, spring up in many places. CLICK HERE for full list of places to visit, eat and drink.
We are very lucky to have our neighbour Stéphane who produces craft beer. The Brasserie des Anges (Brewery) is based in Chamboulive around 10 minutes drive from us. The production of the beer is 100% traditional and ancestral. The beers of the Brasserie des Anges are the result of cooking over a wood fire and are fermented in oak barrels. The bar is open on a Friday from 18.00h and visits at other times can be arranged by prior arrangement (Languages spoken French and English) more information can be found here brasseriedesanges.com or contact +33 (0)7 77 05 72 17.
Wild blueberries grow in the Monédières area. These berries have been organic for hundreds of years: they don’t require any fertlizer, and the bushes they grow on only need to be trimmed once every 5 or 10 years. Picking takes place in the summer and is a bit tricky : the blueberries are handpicked, using a type of “comb”.
Ferme des monédières sale the wild blueberries, lambs, vegetables. Blueberry pies during the picking period. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. around 10 minutes drive from Le Ranch Camping. Information and contact details can be found HERE