Châlus has a privileged place at the heart of the Haute-Vienne department, in Limousin. It is situated at the junction of two major roads and the two big towns of Limoges and Périgueux are very close. Strategically located on the Tardoire valley, it became an important European historical place in 1199. This date correspond to the death of Richard the Lionheart, wounded by an arrow at the foot of the Châlus Chabrol castle.
The commune is really modest, with only 1,800 inhabitants, but offers all the convenience stores and services needed. There are also many dynamic associations which offer plenty of cultural and sportive activities.
Located 36km south west of Limoges, Châlus is the main town of the geographic area of the Monts de Châlus, which are hills of a maximal height of 521m. The area of Châlus is very pleasant, particularly thanks to its peaceful nature.
Châlus stands at the middle of the Pays des feuillardiers, a natural region constituted of many wooded hills. The main watercourses are the Tardoire and its tributary, the Bandiat. The Tardoire river rises in the commune of Châlus, at the pond of Brua. Coming from Châlus, the river created a small valley, framed on one side by the castle of Châlus Chabrol and one the other side by the castle of Châlus Maulmont. This valley is a natural zone of great interest in terms of ecology, flora and fauna.
Châlus lies on a massif of very hard rocks, mainly granite, largely used for the traditional constructions. This gives a gentle relief to the area and also provides a beautiful view to the inhabiatnts of Châlus.
During a long time, the economy of the town was based on breeding. Depending on the times, it has been by turns horse, bovine and ovine breeding. The place was also the site of fairs and markets of great reputation. This was a very important element for its development until the 20th century.
As previously said, the town and its surroundings are really appreciated. It offers calm, space and a marvellous nature. It can be attested by the number of people who bought a property in Châlus to spend relaxing holidays. Indeed, more than 14% of the properties are second homes. The cheap price of the department, around €1,400/ sq m versus €3,200/sq m for the national average at the beginning of 2009, encourages people to buy there. This advantageous price allow people to buy bigger properties that they could afford in other region. It is quite a good news : Châlus has two third of its properties having at least two bedrooms, and some comprise outbuildings that can be renovated in dwellings. Lovely properties can still be found as 8% of them are vacant.
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Châlus is mainly known as an historical site, but is also a touristy and gastronomic place. A real place of relaxation, it has many assets waiting to be discovered.
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