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Learn at L ' Hirondelle

   Learn at L'Hirondelle
            Residential Guitar Holidays in South West France               


The Haute Vienne is the heart of rural France. It's an area of rolling hills with oak and chestnut woods scattered with lakes and rivers.

This unspoilt region of France is ideal for experiencing the outdoors, whether it be walking, fishing, cycling or simply enjoying the scenery and fresh air whilst having a picnic on the banks of one of the regions many lakes.

The area is famous for its beef herds, the lush fields provide all year round grazing for the Limousine cattle, often referred to as "boeuf rouge", due to their rusty red coats. 

The village of St. Mathieu is home to a picturesque leisure lake, great for walking and fishing. In peak summer there is a snack bar and supervised swimming off the beach. 

St. Mathieu has most amenities, including a well-stocked supermarket, a bank, post office, cash machines, two bakers, a newsagent/tobacconist, three hairdressers and a petrol station. If you'd like to be pampered, there's also a health and beauty salon.

Discover the magnificent Châteaux on the route of Richard the Lionheart. There are sixteen in total from the magical castle at Montbron, to the hilltop chateau at Rochechouart. Limoges, the porcelain capital of France, is only 45 minutes away.

The medieval cities of Périgueux and Angoulême are also under an hour away.

Brantôme, forty minutes south, is known as the Venice of the Périgord, as it is surrounded by water with a magnificent centrepiece abbey overlooking the weir on the river Dronne. C

Cognac, whose fame needs no explanation, is about an hour and a half away.

Unlock the sights, sounds and tastes of the local markets, the largest being the Wednesday morning market at Piégut, only fifteen minutes away by car.

We are on hand and happy to advise non-participating guests about other activities available locally including: golf, swimming, beauty and spa treatments, French courses and horse riding.

Of course, guests may simply wish to relax in the sun or shade of our gardens....