Le Repaire is some five kilometers northeast of Bellac, an historic market town with a fine twelfth century church, a sixteenth century town hall, a museum and a viaduct over the river that winds through the town. Today the town is charming mix of shops, bars and restaurants. The regular market is a great place to buy vegetables, meats and wines direct from local farmers. Bellac is ringed by a number of picturesque medieval towns and villages including Le Dorat, Rocheouart, Rochefoucold and Confolens. Each offers interesting historical sites, monuments, museums, etc. as well as a variety of shops and eateries. Those interested in the history of the area may also want to follow the 'Richard the Lionheart' trail which winds it's way through the surrounding Haute Vienne. To the south lies the thriving market town of St Junien which is one of the centres of the French leather industry. Between Bellac and St Junien lies the museum village of Oradour-sur-Glanne - perfectly preserved as a national monument since the day its inhabitants were murdered in the second world war.
Some 40km to the east of Le Repaire lies the capital of the Limousin region, Limoges. An energetic and charming city, Limoges provides all of the shopping, restaurants, and historical & cultural attractions that you would expect of an historic regional capital. Of particular interest are the numerous shops, workshops, factories and museums specializing in fine Limoges pottery and enamel work. No trip to Limoges and environs would be complete without picking up some pottery or enamel treasure - ranging from specialist collectors pieces to perfect looking 'seconds' direct from Limoges potteries.
Any worthwhile trip to the Limousin has to include sampling the region's food and wine. The restaurants, bistros and cafes in the area run from the simple cheap and cheerful (but still with great food and ambiance) 'Chez-Sylvie' cafe-bar in Peyrat-de-Bellac to the pretty and delicious 'Auberge de Quartre Saisons' in Berneuil and the elegant 'Le Relais' hotel restaurant in nearby Mortemart. Regional specialties include Bellac lamb, Limousin beef and local goats cheese. Being situated between the Loire and Bordeaux regions also has its benefits in terms of the wines available. Even simple bars offer some great wine selections - with many especially good Cahors reds from just down the road. For tasting and purchase of a wide variety of different wines, 'Caves de Limousin' a large wine-seller can be found locally.
The Limousin is known as France's 'lake district' and many water-based activities are available within easy reach of Le Repaire. Both river and lake fishing is available in many different locations around Bellac. Swimming and watersports lakes with beaches, boat hire, etc. are situated in Rocheouart and at Vassiviere (the largest waterpark in France). Riding is also available locally, and hiking trails criss-cross the nearby Blond mountains.
Bellac and Peyrat-de-Bellac also offer comprehensive municipal sporting facilities including tennis courts, and there are a number of golf courses within a 30km radius. And for the children - don't forget Futuroscope, one of Europe's most popular theme parks is only an hour away near Poitiers.