Limousin, located in the central France, is one of the most rural régions in the country and is perfect for those looking for tranquillity and remote, unspoiled landscapes. Its green wooded hills are dotted with old churches and castles and charming villages and bastides. Watersports lovers will be in their element as there are deep gorges, numerous rivers and "1,000" lakes. It's excellent territory for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing and fishing. The only large town is Limoges, a pleasant place famed for its pottery.
It's often called France profonde (meaning the "heartland of France"). Another way it's been described is as the gateway between the serious industrious north and relaxed southern world of the Mediterranean. Property and living costs are a lot cheaper than neighbouring régions and this sparsely populated région is largely undiscovered by foreigners. Located next to the Dordogne, it is however becoming more popular with British second homebuyers. There is still plenty of run-down or deserted property to be found here, perfect for those keen on searching for restoration projects.