Stay in Bessines for a little longer, we have so much to share with you!

Here’s a selection of family days out. For more ideas, please contact:

L’Office de Tourisme,

6 avenue du 11 Novembre 1918,
87250 Bessines-sur-Gartempe
Tel. 33(0)5 55 76 09 28

To be discovered in the centre of Bessines

The Saint-Léger church dates back to the XIIth and XIIIth century. Of particular note is a section of limestone on which the symbol of the blessing hand is engraved with two fingers folded over a Greek cross.


The Seyvaud fountain, topped by a smiling Bacchus, along with the Liberty oak. Planted on 2 October 1889, it succumbed to a powerful gust of wind in 2006. A new 30-year old tree then took its place.


The wash house, built in 1931, where the washerwomen went to do their ‘bujades’ (washing) using their ‘péteu’ (battledore).


The gothic Vieux Pont (ancient bridge) on the Gartempe River built in the XIIIth century was widened so as to allow droves of cattle and carts to cross.


Built in the early 17th century, the house where Suzanne Valadon was born can now be visited. To find out more about the artist, simply push open the door of the Espace Valadon, which was opened in 2012 at the Tourist Office in Bessines.


In the vicinity of Bessines

The Pierre Belle, an ancient basin made of granite, about which two legends abound…

The shepherd’s hut, known locally as the “Loge aux Abeilles” (literally bees’ hut), is surrounded by a whole host of tree species, all of which have been labelled.

Les Bonshommes Bridge dates back to the XIIIth century and takes its name from the Grandmontains monks, whose abbey can be found around twenty kilometres from the site.

Le Mas-Barbu spring and wash house, comprise a water source, a wash house and drinking fountain below.

The Monisme castle and its special window that depicts an insignia remembering widows.

In Morterolles

The Romanesque Sainte-Anne church dates back to the XIIth century and you can admire two wooden statues of the saint herself here.


The cross in the church square stands on a plinth engraved with the date 1782. Saint-Anne’s cross is embellished with a daisy.

A little further from Bessines

In Folles :

In Folles:

The Rocherolles viaduct in Folles: Built in 1852 to 1854 out of stones hewn from blue granite so as to span the Gartempe valley.

Les Goudours dolmen: located at an altitude of 380m and overlooking the Gartempe valley.

In Fromental :

The standing stone dolmen in Bagnol and Les Fichades menhir built entirely of granite.

Key dates not to be missed

“The Suzanne Valadon days”:
during the 2nd weekend in April, the Tourist Office puts on an array of entertainment centred around art: artists’ studio sales, painting events in the streets, exhibitions, conferences, visual arts and tours…


The “Graines de rue’’ festival:
Whitsuntide sees circus, theatre, dance and puppet shows liven up the streets of the market town. Professional and amateur companies also put on performances in a marquee for young and old alike.


The “Bandafolies”:
around the 14th July celebrations come four days of discovery, laughter and music synonymous with “Bandafolies”, a festival where bands from around the world take centre stage one after the other at a furious pace.


Accomodation & food


In addition to the select catering on offer within the Urêka enclosure, our region abounds in gourmet savoir-faire so why not let your taste buds be tickled…

In Bessines:


“Le jardin du Palatin” Pizzeria

Pizzas €7 to €9.50 – Menus €16 (Eat-in or takeaway)

Disabled access

Open from Tuesday to Saturday 1200-1400 hours and 1800-2100 hours

Closed on Sunday and Monday

38 avenue du 8 Mai



Café de la Place

Open: On Monday from 0645-1300 hours; from Tuesday to Friday 0645-1930 hours; on Saturday 0730-1930 hours and Sunday 0800-1230 hours.


8 place de la Liberté



Café du Champ de Foire

Open everyday (except Wednesdays) from 0800 to 2200 hours.

Place du Champ de Foire


Le Lac

Open in the summer: from Wednesday to Sunday; in winter: from Friday to Sunday, from 1600 hours to midnight

Avenue de Sagnat



Les Pignons verts

Open everyday from May to September

Lac de Sagnat


Château Constant

5 rooms with a French ‘3 épis’ rating (15 persons): €75 to €114 (Breakfast included)

Table d’hôtes (Dinner for residents): €22

International cuisine.

Table d’hôte dinners by prior arrangement

Open year-round


Avenue du 11 Novembre



Chez Doussaud

3 rooms with a French ‘3 épis’ rating (7 persons): €35 to €65 (Breakfast included)

Table d’hôtes (Dinner for residents): €17

Rabbit rillettes, chef’s own chicken, cooked pork and other meats

Meals by prior arrangement. No table d’hôtes on Wednesday evenings, Sunday evenings and holidays. Open year-round.


Andrée and Jean-Marie TESSIER


About 4km away, towards Bersac-sur-Rivalier (D203):


11 persons – 4 bedrooms – French ‘2 épis’ rating for self-catering cottages




About 5km away, towards Limoges D220

Le Moulin des Planches (rated according to France’s new ranking for furnished holiday properties)

5 persons – 3 bedrooms – 2-star

Direction Limoges – D220 – 5km away


Le Moulin des Planches

50 pitches – 2-person package + 1 vehicle: €13

3 chalets – Weekly rate: €330 to €546


The campsite is situated on a lush green site overlooking a 22-hectare lake (swimming and fishing).

Bar – Grocer’s – Availability of fresh bread and ice cream – Holiday vouchers.

Open from March to December.


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