The Local Area


Bellevue is situated in the "Pays du Charente Limousine", the area where Poitou-Charentes and Limousin, that are now part of the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region, in an area that is characterised by beautiful rolling hills, heavily wooded areas, farmland and green fields and the area is studded with literally thousands of lakes.

This is a very rural area but excellent facilities are available a short drive away, there are a lot of very good restaurants within 30 minutes drive, we have visited many of them and will be happy to advise you if you would like to enjoy the local gastronomy. The Charente is officially the second sunniest Region in France after the Mediterranean coast and has long warm summers which often continue into November. The Limousin also offers many towns and villages to visit, including Mortemart which is 15 minutes drive, and has been voted one of the 130 most beautiful villages of France.  


Bellevue House is located around 1 kilometer outside the small village of Saulgond in the Eastern corner of the Charente Department of South West France. A very rural and beautiful tranquil position but also benefitting from the proximity of the local Medieval town of Confolens (10 minutes), the market town of Chabanais (13 minutes) and also the large town of St Junien (15 minutes), all 3 towns situated on the River Vienne which winds its way through the local area, all having several supermarkets, bars and restaurants, the larger of the 3 towns St.Junien benefitting from 2 large hypermarkets as well as plenty of bars and restaurants, as well as a swimming pool centre with indoor and outdoor pools, steam room and sauna.

The large city of Limoges is around 40 minutes drive and the area is also served by Limoges Airport (35 minutes) which has flights with Ryanair from several major local UK airports, and which offers car hire with the office directly outside the airport exit.


The Vienne River runs through the area from Limoges through St.Junien and Chabanais and then to the very pretty medieval town of Confolens. The area is full of scenic countryside and charming, quiet French villages.


RECOMMENDED - Canoeing on the River Vienne, starting in Confolens, 20 minutes drive from the lake. No experience is neccessary, the River is very beautiful and tranquil - it is a superb way to spend an afternoon and we can make all the arrangements for you.