Haute-Vienne is a department in the Limousin region that borders Dordogne, Charente, Vienne, Indre, Creuse and Corrèze. Haute Vienne derives its name from the river that runs through the department. As the river is also the main waterway through Vienne, the “Haute” was added as the department is situated at a higher altitude than its neighbour. As the department is one-third forest Haute-Vienne is a paradise for those seeking peace and serenity.
Nature is part of everyday life in Haute Vienne. Tourists visit in all seasons to enjoy the rolling landscapes, forests, lakes and rivers. Chestnuts, oaks, spruces and Douglas fir all line the landscape of this breath-taking department, while picturesque villages and stunning castles grow from the granite landscape.
A popular location with expats seeking a French retreat in the countryside due to the tranquil lifestyle. Property styles include charming slate roof farmhouses and characterful Limousin cottages which typically come with outbuildings and courtyards. Cottages are the most frequently seen house types in Limousin and therefore can also be found in Haute-Vienne.
It has good access links, with the A20 motorway running the length of the department and regular flights to and from the UK via Limoges Bellegarde airport as well as several high speed train links.