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The quality of the waters of the Vienne River and the pastures that favored the rearing of cows, lambs and kids have sustained a leather and hide industry in the region since the 11th century. In Saint-Junien, traditional tanners have developed a unique know-how that has been perpetuated over time. It is in the city's leather goods and glove-making workshops that the most beautiful pieces are made for the great French luxury goods manufacturers such as Hermès, Dior and Chanel. During your visit to the Daguet or Agnelle workshop boutiques, don't miss the opportunity to treat yourself to a belt or a pair of gloves made in France. In Limoges, the J.M. Weston factory has been making shoes according to traditional shoemaking know-how since 1891. Each handcrafted pair takes two months to produce, from selecting and cutting the leather, stitching the upper, and cutting the sole, to their assembly and hand finishing. Although visits to the factory are only available to a few privileged customers, you can still take advantage of your stay to purchase one of the iconic models of the brand, such as their famous moccasin, or leather goods from older collections at preferential prices.
The open-air breeding of Limousin cows and the quality of the pastures of the Haute-Vienne region produce exceptional beef, one of the first in the world to obtain the "Blason Prestige" label in the “free-raised veal” category. Recognizable by their uniform red coat, the cattle are the pride of the region, and their incredibly tender meat is prized by the greatest chefs. In Boisseuil, an architectural masterpiece designed by Jean Nouvel is dedicated to promoting this breed of cattle. Classified as a "Remarkable Site for Taste", the Pôle de Lanaud is home to an agrotourism theme park that offers a fun and enjoyable experience discovering the work of breeders and learning more about this world-renowned breed. Afterwards, head to the La Table du Couvent restaurant in Limoges to enjoy an amazing Limousin rib steak cooked to perfection on the hearth of the old sacristy.
The tiny chapel in Domaine de La Chapelle Saint Martin is a listed building with unusual architecture. Now owned by the local municipality, from the 14th century the property was in the hands of the Juge de Saint Martin family (of whom Madame Juge de Saint Martin was the sister of Pope Clement VI). Since the town of Couzeix has entrusted us with the only key to the chapel, we can afford our visitors exclusive access to the mysterious shrine. Inside, the chapel shows traces of recent worship. Those who dare to descend into the crypt, which houses the remains of the descendants and forefathers of Jacques-Joseph Juge de Saint Martin, will discover the secret underground tunnel that leads across the grounds to our property. Keen walkers can venture as far as the Saint Martin holy fountain, a popular pilgrimage site to this day.
In a secluded meadow in our 40-hectare park, 10 colourful little homes stand in a line. Based on a long-term passion for the land, nature, and the fine produce it offers, we have established around ten beehives at La Chapelle Saint Martin, with a view to preserve our park's biodiversity and to contribute to developing its vegetation. Now, almost 500,000 foraging bees set to work every day to produce a sweet, multi-floral honey which has the unique taste of our region. Guided by our beekeeper Laurent and myself, I invite you to share a "happy-culture" moment. Equipped with the appropriate clothing, you will discover how the beehive is organised and the role of the queen; you will see how the colony lives, and learn where the pollen, honey, and wax are stored... The bees are harmless, and if they sense that you are in awe of their work, they will let you observe them for several minutes. Come and enjoy the happy-culture experience, which is both fun and educational!
This pure white, almost translucent material has made Limoges famous all over the world. White gold has fascinated visitors for over 200 years. Friend and cook to the best porcelain makers, Chef Dudognon opens the doors to the last renowned factories in operation. Discover the prestigious Maison Bernardaud and meet the talented Sylvie Coquet. To deepen your knowledge, the Musée National Adrien Dubouché offers the opportunity to relive centuries of porcelain-making tradition from France and throughout the world. If you're feeling creative, get your brushes at the ready and ask for a lesson in painting on porcelain: like Dalí, Castelbajac, and Carven, why not create your own Limoges porcelain service? If you're worried about lacking in inspiration, stroll through the corridors of our property! Admire the porcelain works along the way and give in to the charms of the porcelain teapot collection at our bistro, Le 27 restaurant.
The martyred village of Oradour-sur-Glane is a site of remembrance that still bears the scars of the terrible massacre of its inhabitants. On June 10, 1944, the SS Das Reich Division brutally murdered 642 men, women, and children, and burned the village to the ground. To preserve the memory of this tragic event, the village has been preserved as it was left in 1944. The visit invites silence and remembrance. We then encourage you to explore the Museum of Resistance housed in the former convent of the Sisters of Providence in Limoges. The museum retraces the historical events of World War II marked by occupation and deportation, and highlights the acts of resistance carried out in Haute-Vienne.