Homade: Getting there
Getting to Homade (Brivezac, France)
-Flights: Limoges airport is closest, served by several low cost airlines from the UK and Belgium. There are also some flight routes serving the new airport at Brive-la-Gaillarde. Otherwise, the most convenient airports to fly to are Toulouse, Bordeaux and Paris, from which you can reach Brive la Gaillarde by car sharing, bus or train.
-Bus and train: there are direct trains to Brive la Gaillarde from Toulouse, Bordeaux and Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz). From there you can continue via train or bus to Bretenoux to get closer to Brivezac.
-Car sharing: we consider this the best option. There are several rides a day from Toulouse to Bretenoux, Beaulieu sur Dordogne or Argentat. Someone might drop you just on our doorstep. Try and catch one!
Brivezac is a village located in the Corrèze department of the Limousin region. It is located on the right bank of the river Dordogne and has a community of 175 inhabitants. The church of Saint-Pierre, in the heart of the village, has one of the oldest Roman portals in Limousin. The interior of the village is a patchwork of old houses built from stones of the ruins of old buildings and pebbles from the Dordogne. The bridge over the Dordogne crossing Brivezac offers a beautiful viewpoint between cliffs and fields bordering the stream.
About the area
The Limousin is a region of hills, valleys, rivers and low mountains. It is one of the most beautiful and most rural regions of France. Its biggest human center is Limoges with 140 000 inhabitants. Brive-la-Gaillarde, the region’s second largest city with just under 50 000 inhabitants, is the closest town to Brivezac and around 40km away. Once a Roman city, Limoges was renowned as a centre of the arts and culture in the Middle Ages. In the nineteenth century, it became famed for its porcelain throughout Europe and beyond.
Limoges has a large and beautiful historic quarter with narrow streets and many fine half-timbered houses. Brive la Gaillarde on the river Corrèze, is an attractive small town with a historical centre built from the pale honey coloured local stone. Rural Limousin is a region of deciduous woods and fields in the West and North West, of sheep grazing the land in the North and an upland area of spruce forests and pastures on the Plateau de Millevaches (the plateau of the thousand springs, not the thousand cows – there are many more than that!) in the East. In the South West, the region borders the river Dordogne which, in its steep wooded valley, forms the border with the neighbouring region Auvergne.
-Argentat: a delightful small town by the Dordogne, great for water sports.
-Beaulieu sur Dordogne: fine romanesque church with remarkably carved tympanum.
-Brive la Gaillarde: attractive old city centre.
-Collonges la Rouge, Curemonte and Turenne: reputedly three of the prettiest villages in France. Collonges la Rouge is known as such on account of the red sandstone used in its buildings.
-The Dordogne valley: the upper Dordogne valley is a place for water sports: sailing on the artificial lakes, kayaking where the river flows freely.
-Parc Naturel Régional de Millevaches: the Limousin highlands – outdoor activities, hiking, riding, nature.