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The Village

The Village

La Maison de Cromac, self-catering holiday house is located in a quaint village in the Haute-Vienne department of France. The house is set in the heart of rural France but not far from several towns with all the necessary facilities to enjoy the French way of life.

The commune of Cromac actually stretches over a few kilometers from the cemetry at the edge of the village on the road to Jouac all the way to Lac Mondon. The village is said to have had a certain improtance on the fifteenth & sixteenth centuries as it was referred to as "ville de Cromas" (city of Cromas) and was under the jurisdiction of the viscounts de Brosse. At the center of the village around the tree lined village is the Mairie (Mayors office) and twelfth-century Romanesque church rectangular in shape with a semicircular portal made of sandstone from Chaillac (Indre). It has Romanesque windows and a large square tower, built at the time of probably time of the English wars which has three bells.

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Across from the road from the village square is the boulles, petanque pitch, where some of the local while away the early evening, then retiring to the village bar. The bar which is also doubles as a post office is open everyday and also sells fresh bread every morning. There is also a mobile butcher that visits the village once a week

There are 3 clearly marked walks from the village (randonnes) which are shown on the village notice board and there are also leaflets with maps in the tourist info box in the house. One walks takes you to the next village Jouac, another takes you along the river Benaize. The valley of the Benaize river. The Benaize winds its course along its bed and at times it becomes an impetuous stream which battles its way in the midst of rocky jolts that the visitor will discover at “le Pot Bouillant” near the village.

Just outside the main village on your left as you head out towards Lac Mondon is Parc paysager du château de Las-Croux. The whole of the park was designed as soon as 1893 by the landscape designer Nivet from Limoges. You enter the place through the turrets, a sort of neo-gothic buildings flanked by machicolated towers. The great walk leads to the former kitchen garden while in the background an orangery and a greenhouse can be seen, then the neo-classical pavilion appears while, further away the present manor house stands. By walking across the grove, the visitor comes to the stables (1860) and on his way back, he walks past the saddle-room. A lot of trees were planted in the 19th century. The gardens are open to the public in July & August. click here for more info.

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Lake Mondon(15 ha), initially for industrial use as provided energy for forges Mondon now open to pedalos and predator fishing. Also Starting point for many marked routes, particularly the valley Benaize.

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The ruins of the ironworks Mondon (built in 1607 they will work for 250 years, so they ceased their activity in 1868. They produced for merchant bars, nails, banding wheels, plates fireplaces, pots ... They provided 1760 to arsenal of Rochefort over 500,000 cannonballs for the Royal Navy.) and glassware Bouéry (late seventeenth century).

Moors Coury (SSSI = Area of Interest Fauna and Flora): they are located in the towns of St. George Landes and Cromac the limit of Limousin and Centre regions. The relatively low altitude (250-260 m) and location (Atlantic coast region) make these moors have a special character. These are heathlands broom is commonly called "heather" in Poitou. This type of training is rare in Limousin. Much of the site is overgrown with alder thickets and bracken. A trail is underway to discover

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Now a leisure centre at lac de Mondon. The centre offers an outdoor and heated water games pool (250 square metres) with a water-slide, pedalos, recreation areas, tennis courts, a mini golf course, a “pétanque” alley, children’s recreation clubs, fishing activities. Opening period : from June to September. There is also a bar/restaurant there which is open all year round (Fri - Sun lunch out of season)

 

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