Anthony Gormley and Andy Goldsworthy In the Charente S W France

juin 11th, 2013


Yes, incredibly, less than an hour away from Les Trois Chenes B&B and holiday cottage in Limousin, South West France, there is a sculpture park with works by these great British sculptors.

There are many wonderful gardens in Limousin, the Charente and the Dordogne, but L’Abrégement at Bioussac in the Charente region of France is a garden with a difference. The old house and chapel are lovely and are framed by stables and barns. The courtyard garden is formal and beautiful and the walls of the barns are clothed in climbing roses. But continue past the courtyard and you’ll find first of all a working vegetable garden  with a beauty all of it’s own, and better still, a secret white garden with a hidden pond. Beyond this is a park, a woodland, and several exceptional works of sculpture. This is a wonderful garden with some impressive, large scale works of art.

Other works of art are by Christian Lapie and Joel Shapiro.


16700 Bioussac

Tel: 05 45 31 84 73

(Telephone in advance for an appointment)


See this site for more information


I’ve put all my Limousin articles in one basket

janvier 14th, 2013

Limousin France

Happy New Year to Everyone!

janvier 14th, 2013

Happy New Year Greeting Cards
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A Scrap Book of Life in Limousin

février 7th, 2012

I’ve put together pictures of our little bit of Limousin together with information as and when I come by them. It’s a sketch book or a scrap book of Limousin.

Have a look at my scrap book here:

At last I’ve started my School of Painting and Drawing

février 7th, 2012

At last I’ve started my on-line school of art. Open to students who seriously want to improve their art. Free, open access in the form of articles that will be written as I’m able to produce them! The syllabus will be similar to one that you would find in a college of art. Have a look and see what you think!

Pie Recipes from my Grandmother’s Kitchen

décembre 28th, 2011

These are just a few of my Granny’s recipes for pies, meat and vegetarian. There is a bit of a story to go with this one though ……

My New Zazzle Store

décembre 28th, 2011

Gifts from Les Trois Chenes for lovers of France and all things French!

My shop is coming on – slowly! Les Trois Chenes On-line Shop 

Are you old enough to remember pie birds?

décembre 28th, 2011

I went home for Christmas found some of my Grandmother’s recipes so I set about creating articles based on them and on the pie birds and pie dishes that I remember from her kitchen. My mother found a few that she used to use in the far-distant past. Have we lost the pie-making habit and skills? The best bit about all  this is that my Mum bought me a blackbird pie bird just like the one my granny used to have. Take a look at it and the pie that I made.

My Training as a French Plumber by An English Lady Artist

août 25th, 2011

 This is the story of how I trained as a plumber in Limousin, S W France. Although I’m a professional artist and running painting holidays here in France, we have spent eight years renovating our ancient French farm house. Imagine, then, how delighted I was to be offered the opportunity to train as a plumber in deepest, rural France. This is my account of how I fell into the trade almost by accident, and then  how I fell out of it again and back into painting. It might point the way for you to become a plumber in France too. See the article:


Horses at Les Trois Chenes

juin 15th, 2011

On the 1st  June 2011 we welcomed horses for the first time to Les Trois Chenes B&B. A group of holiday makers discovering Limousin in horse drawn traps stayed the night with us on their journey through this wonderfully green and pleasant part of France.

Bring your own horses, or let us book at holiday for you. We have a network of excellent bridle ways starting just outside our house, and it’s possible to drive along some of these lovely shady paths with pony traps. We are just five minutes away from two riding stables, the Centre Equestre des Lacs de Haute Charente and the Centre Equestre du Barrage de Lavaud, and we can join with them to organise riding holidays.

You can also stop off at our B&B for a night or two with your horse as you travel through Limousin. Your horses will stay in our field and help us to manage the grass!