Hotel Chateau Sallandrouze  
 
  History is particularly alive in Haute-Vienne in the Limousin. Outside the town of Chalus a low pyramid marks the spot where Richard the Lionheart was struck by a crossbow bolt. He later died in the arms of his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his remains are buried in a nearby chapel.  Centuries later, at Oradour-sur-Glane,  the German troops killed 642 villagers in retaliation against Resistance activity in the region. The ruined town has been left untouched ever since.  

A balance to past violence is provided by Haute-Vienne's beautiful countryside and quaint industry. The town of  Limoges is world-famous for its porcelain, while Saint-Junien can claim to be the capital in all of France for high quality leather and skin gloves.