Videix, A Lake Side Village in South West France

The Lakes of the Haute Charente are just minutes away from Videix

Videix Lake - a picture in autumn
Videix Lake - a picture in autumn | Source
Wild flowers in spring
Wild flowers in spring
Please note that all images are copyright and belong to B L Walton. Do not reproduce them without written permission.
Please note that all images are copyright and belong to B L Walton. Do not reproduce them without written permission. | Source

Videix is a tiny hamlet lost in the heart of rural France

Nowhere could be less important, less well-known or less ostentatious than Videix but the minute we saw our stone built farmhouse in this unassuming village, we fell in love with it. That was eight years ago and our farmhouse, Les Trois Chenes, is now a flourishing Bed and Breakfast and a three star self-catering holiday cottage or gîte. We run painting holidays and art breaks which are fantastic value; we're keeping 2010 prices for our painting students - great news for summer holidays 2011.

This tiny hamlet is about 10 minutes drive from anywhere but surrounded by what must be some of the most beautiful and interesting countryside in the world, so good that it has been designated a national park, Le Parc Naturel du Perigord-Limousin. It has been called The Lake District of France, and you can see why!

Contact me for more information about our B&B, holiday cottage or painting breaks on info@lestroischenes.com, +33 (0)5 55 48 29 84 or take a look at our web site www.lestroischenes;com

Where on earth is Videix?

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Videix, 87600 Videix, France
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Videix Church
Videix Church

Some facts and figures about the village of Videix

We may be tiny, but we have our own Mairie, a sort of French equivalent of British Town Halls. It used to be the old school, but the nearest schools are now at Rochechouart and Vayres. We also have a quaint, 12th Century Church registered as an ancient monument and you can just-to-say see the remains of the ancient frescoes. The village of Videix is the administrative centre for the commune of Videix, a group of several villages, the second most prominent being Saint Gervaise.

In the not so distant past the locals had a regional language, Oc, and in Occitan the name of the village was Vidais. Many of the older inhabitants still speak this language, and even I can hear that they speak regular French with an accent that sounds to me a bit like a Spanish accent. There are efforts to preserve this language, or dialect, and you'll see the old names for towns and villages written on signs.

Our current Mayor is Monsieur Philippe CHALEIX and the telephone number of the mairie is 05 55 48 62 62. The address is the same as ours Le Bourg, 87600 Videix. The hamlet has all of 243 habitants spread out over 16 km² which gives a density of15 hab/km². If you want to get away from the madding crowd, come to Videix!

We are situated in the Région of Limousin and in the Département of the Haute-Vienne (87), and we are just on the borders of the Charente and only ten minutes away from the Dordogne, right in the old region of the Occitania.

Images of our village and the village of Saint Gervais

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Videix 12th century churchVideix bourgThere are beautiful long and short distance walks that start opposite our houseA field of corn flowers Videix in the snowSt Gervaise, sunset over the cemetaryWell in Videix centreLamp lightMist over cornfieldsPainting student working in the church of Saint Gervais
Videix 12th century church
Videix 12th century church
Videix bourg
Videix bourg
There are beautiful long and short distance walks that start opposite our house
There are beautiful long and short distance walks that start opposite our house
A field of corn flowers
A field of corn flowers
Videix in the snow
Videix in the snow
St Gervaise, sunset over the cemetary
St Gervaise, sunset over the cemetary
Well in Videix centre
Well in Videix centre
Lamp light
Lamp light
Mist over cornfields
Mist over cornfields
Painting student working in the church of Saint Gervais
Painting student working in the church of Saint Gervais
Boats by Videix Lake
Boats by Videix Lake

Videix Lake - Lac de Lavaud

There are so many rivers and lakes in Limousin; all that water makes this region a truly green and pleasant land. Surrounded by trees and fields and teeming with fish, they are great for wildlife and a salve for the soul.

Le Lac de Lavaud is an artificial lake created in 1990 when a barrage was constructed on the Charente just as the river arrives at the border between the Limousin and the Charente regions.

Nothing could be more calming than to sit at one of the three restaurants on the banks of Videix Lake, sipping a coffee or glass of white wine, and watch the sun setting over the still waters. Sitting and watching, though, is only half of the story; there are so many things to see and do at the lake. There are two beaches where you can relax, sunbathe and swim. In summer you can hire boats, kayaks, canoes, pedalos, huge tyres to play with, wind surfs and sailing boats. There are four restaurants / snack bars, a crazy golf course and play equipment for smaller children. Fishing is great here and a license cheap so you can spend your time pitting your wits against the fish and enjoying all that fresh air.

Fabulous and good value restaurants near us: Where to eat in France - the Lakes of the Haute Charente

Images of the Lac de Lavaud

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Videix Lake in autumnSpectacular autumn colourOne of two play areas for small children on the banks of the lakeThere's a nautical centre on Videix lakeOne of two beaches great for swimming and sunbathingYou can hire pedalos..... or kayaks and canoesPainting by the lakesideSketching toadstools by the lakeThe Cote de Boeuf Restaurant at Pressignac
Videix Lake in autumn
Videix Lake in autumn
Spectacular autumn colour
Spectacular autumn colour
One of two play areas for small children on the banks of the lake
One of two play areas for small children on the banks of the lake
There's a nautical centre on Videix lake
There's a nautical centre on Videix lake
One of two beaches great for swimming and sunbathing
One of two beaches great for swimming and sunbathing
You can hire pedalos
You can hire pedalos
..... or kayaks and canoes
..... or kayaks and canoes
Painting by the lakeside
Painting by the lakeside
Sketching toadstools by the lake
Sketching toadstools by the lake
The Cote de Boeuf Restaurant at Pressignac
The Cote de Boeuf Restaurant at Pressignac

Stay in our self-catering holiday cottage or our B&B

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Our three star gite has three en-suite bedrooms with private WC's and a large, enclosed, private garden. WIFI connection availableBedroom 3 has three single bedsBedroom 1 opens out onto the gardenThe living area has TV, video and CD player. Large, open plan kitchen, dining and living areaNew for 2011, our trampoline. Great for the kidsWe also have swings in the play area shared with the gite and B & BCosy winter days around the stove in the B & BBed and Breakfast dining roomBed and breakfast living room at Christmas
Our three star gite has three en-suite bedrooms with private WC's and a large, enclosed, private garden. WIFI connection available
Our three star gite has three en-suite bedrooms with private WC's and a large, enclosed, private garden. WIFI connection available
Bedroom 3 has three single beds
Bedroom 3 has three single beds
Bedroom 1 opens out onto the garden
Bedroom 1 opens out onto the garden
The living area has TV, video and CD player.
The living area has TV, video and CD player.
Large, open plan kitchen, dining and living area
Large, open plan kitchen, dining and living area
New for 2011, our trampoline. Great for the kids
New for 2011, our trampoline. Great for the kids
We also have swings in the play area shared with the gite and B & B
We also have swings in the play area shared with the gite and B & B
Cosy winter days around the stove in the B & B
Cosy winter days around the stove in the B & B
Bed and Breakfast dining room
Bed and Breakfast dining room
Bed and breakfast living room at Christmas
Bed and breakfast living room at Christmas

Learn more about Limousin - a hidden corner of rural France

There are so many things to see and do

There are just so many and such a variety of things to do that far from being a well-thought out article, in the end this is just a list of a few thoughts off the top of my head. Too many things I could write about and I'm bound to leave out great chunks of interesting stuff about arts and crafts, local markets, gold mining, history, super chateaux, villages, quaint towns, things like karting and sport (because I don't know much about this!) and all the other things I haven't yet discovered!

Have a look at my web site, events page and at this growing article Whats on in Limousin - A Calendar of Festivals and Events 2011 for more information.

Festivals, fetes and events in and around our little bit of Limousin

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Fireworks on Videix lake. Meal and display in AugustThere are two communal meals every yearHorse riding and story telling at Videix LakeTrick or treating in the shops of Rochechouart at HalloweenFabulous autumn fete at ChabanaisRomans V Gaules at Cassinomagus ChassenonMassignac horse faireFair and fireworks on July 14th at RochechouartThe Ostensions in Saint Junien 2009 - every 7 years I'm afraid!Videix vide grenier, or 'empty your attics'.
Fireworks on Videix lake. Meal and display in August
Fireworks on Videix lake. Meal and display in August | Source
There are two communal meals every year
There are two communal meals every year
Horse riding and story telling at Videix Lake
Horse riding and story telling at Videix Lake
Trick or treating in the shops of Rochechouart at Halloween
Trick or treating in the shops of Rochechouart at Halloween
Fabulous autumn fete at Chabanais
Fabulous autumn fete at Chabanais
Romans V Gaules at Cassinomagus Chassenon
Romans V Gaules at Cassinomagus Chassenon
Massignac horse faire
Massignac horse faire
Fair and fireworks on July 14th at Rochechouart
Fair and fireworks on July 14th at Rochechouart
The Ostensions in Saint Junien 2009 - every 7 years I'm afraid!
The Ostensions in Saint Junien 2009 - every 7 years I'm afraid!
Videix vide grenier, or 'empty your attics'.
Videix vide grenier, or 'empty your attics'.

Visit a Chateau: Fairy Tale Castles and Romantic Ruins

We're on The Route of Richard the Lion Heart (or Richard coeur de Lion) which links no less than thirteen spectacular castles and fifteen impressive sites of interest. There are many more castles and chateaux to see that are not on this route. You'll also find ruined castles just littered about, fortified villages and remnants of town walls. Many of the castles are open to the public, though some are limited to the hight of the tourist season. The Chateau of Montbrun is for sale and was viewed by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt! French castles The Chateau of Montbrun, France

Here are just a few:

Chateau of La Rochefoucauld and some of the castles on the Route of Richard the Lion Heart

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La Rochefoucauld, 30 minutes awayCussac about 20 minutes awayRochebrune, about 15 minutes awayLaxion Castle during renovation. Jousting exhibitionMontbrun, about 30 minutes awayJumilhac, about 45 minutes awayRochechouart Castle, ten minutes awayRochechouart chateau has unusual twisted columns in the courtyardRochechouart chateau in the winterRochechouart chateau is a centre for contemporary art and the medieval frescos sit well with the modern art.
La Rochefoucauld, 30 minutes away
La Rochefoucauld, 30 minutes away
Cussac about 20 minutes away
Cussac about 20 minutes away
Rochebrune, about 15 minutes away
Rochebrune, about 15 minutes away
Laxion Castle during renovation. Jousting exhibition
Laxion Castle during renovation. Jousting exhibition
Montbrun, about 30 minutes away
Montbrun, about 30 minutes away
Jumilhac, about 45 minutes away
Jumilhac, about 45 minutes away
Rochechouart Castle, ten minutes away
Rochechouart Castle, ten minutes away
Rochechouart chateau has unusual twisted columns in the courtyard
Rochechouart chateau has unusual twisted columns in the courtyard
Rochechouart chateau in the winter
Rochechouart chateau in the winter
Rochechouart chateau is a centre for contemporary art and the medieval frescos sit well with the modern art.
Rochechouart chateau is a centre for contemporary art and the medieval frescos sit well with the modern art.

Where will you be taking your holiday this year?

Will you be visiting Videix in 2013?

  • Yes, I'll be there!
  • I'd love to, but, sadly can't make it this year
  • It's not really my thing
  • I've already booked my holiday - sorry
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Join us for a painting holiday in Videix

Painting for everyone - contact me at info@lestroischenes.com
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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

crystolite, Thx so much for the feedback; pleased you enjoyed the article.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Great article.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Gypsy48 Thanks for your kind words. Wouldn't it be lovely if you could come here?


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Gypsy48 5 years ago

I would love to visit Videix, it looks beautiful, I haven't been back to europe in a while but this is one place I would love to visit. Great hub.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

Ingenira, Thanks or dropping by and pleased you like Videix.


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Ingenira 5 years ago

Sounded like a really nice place to visit.


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France Author

dahoglund, alekhouse, Many thanks for your comments. This area really does have a lot going for it.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Very nice. I love traveling through tiny offbeat towns in Europe...have done it several times and it never gets tiring. Thanks for the virtual trip.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

It certainly looks appealing.

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