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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Rancon
Insee code87121
AltitudeFrom 185 to 337 meters
Surface33.31 km²
Population542 inhabitants
Density16 inhabitants/km²


Chief townLimoges (at 54 km, 45 min)Balledent at 3.4 km (6 min)
DepartmentHaute-VienneDroux at 4.3 km (7 min)
RegionLimousinSearch another town


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On the D1, halfway between Bellac and Châteauponsac, Rancon is built on a promontory overlooking the left bank of the Gartempe. At the last census in March 2005, the municipality had 542 inhabitants (up from 1999 to 518 inhabitants), an area of ​​3161 hectares.

The prehistoric remains, discoveries Gallo-Roman monuments from the 11th and 12th centuries are witnesses of a rich past. The Gallic city to the present, history is made of Rancon rise and fall. The Middle Ages is undoubtedly the best period. Rancon being a capital of archpriest, the second largest in the area and the number of parishes (84) of the diocese of Limoges, the lords of Rancon reigning for 253 years on a rich heritage and extending its influence to the Charente Maritime (Taillebourg) or Vienna (Gençay).

The currently visible monuments: the church (XII, XIV, XVI), the Chapel of St. Sebastian Chapel St. Sulpice, the lantern of the dead (XII), the door of an old Renaissance house (circa 1780), the old bridge (XI, XII), the base of the unit cell is large Gallo-Roman at 200 m north of the bridge, a monumental testament to the hollowed portion of the Roman road Agen (Aginnum) - Bourges (Avaricum) from Limoges (Augustoritum) and Rancon (Roncomagus) the viaduct.

The setting is picturesque rivers (Gartempe, Semmes, Couze) are fish. It was conducted an operation of salmon restoration.

Several marked hiking trails allow visitors to discover lush greenery and a fitness trail, games for children and adolescents on the stage.

The municipality has a municipal post office, school. It is well endowed with craft shops, services and accommodation.

Community life is rich and very active.

Agriculture remains the main activity with important breeding sheep and cattle.

Specialty of the region: Clafoutis Limousin.


  • The fortified church: Modified to the 16th century, this church has seen its construction started in the 12th century. It is transitional Romanesque Gothic novel with its choir and the vault of the nave with Gothic arches. Fortified in the 15th century it was part of the ramparts at the bedside. The last phase of construction saw the rise tower bulb chestnut shingles. Among the furnishings of the church, there is a wooden Christ of the 13th century and several statues of the 16th and 17th centuries.
  • The lantern of the dead is a traditional lantern 12th century. It has been classified in the Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments in 1925. It is located near the chapel dedicated to Saint Sebastian, in the old abandoned cemetery in the 19th century. Cylindrical, it is 6 meters high in total. Its inner cavity is provided with holes allowing him who was responsible for placing the lamp to rise to the top. These are six arched windows that allowed light to spread. Its conical summit terminates in a cross Quintefeuille (that is to say five lobes).
  • The Chapel of St. Sebastian: Chapel of the dead, dedicated to St. Sebastian (patron of Conscripts). It has a statue of the saint painted wood, 17th century. In the 19th century, this chapel was famous for its pilgrimages to conscripts, especially frequented by young people who hoped to get the proper number of saving them from the army.
  • The monumental gateway (reconstruction of the door of an old Renaissance house built around 1780 by the family of Bonnin Grandmont).
  • Old Bridge (XI, 12th centuries) with three front-burner. At the northwest end of the bridge, under the old oak on the bank of the Gartempe Point Road to a Roman road passing Rancon: the "Stone of Setter.
  • The bridge, built in 1912, allowed the tramway from Limoges - Saint-Sulpice-les-Feuilles, crossing the Gartempe until 1949.
  • The walk allows the visitors to discover enchanting places where nature meets the rural heritage.
  • A playground and a fitness trail at the stadium.
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Natural sitesForest of Rancon


  • July 13: Day éclade, fireworks, ball.
  • In July and August: Exhibition of artists Gartempe the Chapel of St. Sebastian.
  • October: Feast of cider and chestnuts.
  • Garage sale.


  • Museum of René Baubérot Châteauponsac:
  • The Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions offers a trip back in time to the visitor.
  • Housed in a former Benedictine priory of the 14th century, the first ethnographic museum in the Limousin has 24 rooms (900 m²) of rich and varied collections of everyday life in Limousin in 1900: kitchen limousine, girls rooms, carpenter's workshop , the basket maker, blacksmith ... The various reconstructions with very neat and modern models and scenery will seduce you at any age, and you will discover the roots of memory limousine. Each year, a new ethnographic exhibition is presented in the annex of the museum: Maison du Terroir.
  • Open from 14h to 18h every day from June 1 to September 30 and during school holidays.
  • Out of season: open Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
  • Interests and activities:
  • Swimming, canoeing, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing on Lake St. Pardoux.
  • Horseback riding (riding in Roussac two, one in Saint-Pardoux and a horse farm in Saint-Symphorien-sur-Couze).
  • Mountain bike rental at Lake St Pardoux.
  • Balloon in Saint-Pardoux.
  • Fishing.
  • Tennis Châteauponsac, Saint-Amand-Magnazeix and St. Sornin-Leulac.


Lantern of the dead and Chapel of St. SebastianLantern of the dead and Chapel of St. Sebastian
fortified churchfortified church
Old Bridge on the stone and Gartempe smugglerOld Bridge on the stone and Gartempe smuggler
Monumental GateMonumental Gate
Lantern of the deadLantern of the dead
The viaductThe viaduct


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French cuisine restaurantLe Relais des Etangs  
A few kilometers from Limoges, in a peaceful and nature of the Limousin, do not miss Le Relais des Etangs. You first enter in an old mansion typical of the area and then you enter a...
Located 13.4 km from Rancon27 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantBellevue  
Stop flavor - In escapade in the Limousin region, so stop by Bellevue restaurant, located in the small village of Bessines-sur-Gartempe. You can choose between a covered terrace, where...
Located 14.2 km from Rancon31 € per person 

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House with 3 bedroomsLes forges de planechaud    
We welcome you in an old 16th century located in the heart of a preserved natural area. Upstairs accommodation 3 comfortable rooms whose decoration invitation to exoticism. Also at...
Located 7.6 km from Rancon47 € the double room 
House with 4 bedroomsL'Ancien Presbytere    
Le Dorat
Bed & Breakfast (b&b) limousin, Near Le Dorat, France. Lisa and Anthony Jones welcome you to their home, an 18th century Ancient Presbytery chambres d'hotes, bed and breakfast for your...
Located 13.4 km from RanconFrom 70 € to 90 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsChambres d'hôtes Le Queyroix-Martin     NEW
The Queyroix Martin is a haven of peace and tranquility where you can breathe fresh air, listen to the birds sing and relax and recharge your batteries. The guest house offers three...
Located 15.4 km from RanconFrom 65 € to 70 € the double room 

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House for 4 personsHouse for 4 persons  
Located in the foothills of the Monts de Blond, ideal for exploring the Limousin with its history, beautiful lakes and amazing rural countryside. On the ground floor is a living room...
Located 19.1 km from RanconFrom 315 € to 440 € per week 
House for 2 personsMaison Lavaud  
The cottage/gite Maison Lavaud offers self catering accommodation, and is an ideal base to explore the Haute Vienne and the Limousin region of France. The cottage/Gite has Satellite...
Located 19.3 km from RanconFrom 275 € to 400 € per week 
House for 4 personsLe Gîte de Nouic
Located on the edge of the village of Nouic with all shops, is our terraced cottage, which has been classed as three keys by Clévacances. The Gîte has been recenctly reovated by ourselves,...
Located 22 km from RanconFrom 305 € to 395 € per week 

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Le Central - Hotel in RanconLe Central     
Located in the city of Bellac, 500 metres from the train station, Le Central offers a traditional, regional restaurant and rooms featuring a LCD TV with satellite channels and free...
Located 10.3 km from RanconRoom from 59 €
Les Châtaigniers - Hotel in RanconLes Châtaigniers    
Set in a large park and located in Bellac, Hôtel-Restaurant Les Châtaigniers offers a traditional, French restaurant and a bar. You can relax by the seasonal swimming pool. The rooms...
Located 12.2 km from RanconRoom from 56 €
Logis Hôtel Bellevue - Hotel in RanconLogis Hôtel Bellevue     
Just 1 km from the centre of Bessines sur Gartempe, Logis Hôtel Bellevue is 38 km north of Limoges. It offers soundproofed rooms with free Wi-Fi access and air conditioning. All of...
Located 14.2 km from RanconRoom from 62 €

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This Appart'city is set on the banks of the River Vienne, 5-minutes from the centre of Limoges, near the Train Station and A20 motorway. Each apartment...
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