Payzac is situated in the beautiful countryside of the Perigord Vert which has lakes, rivers and an abundance of wildlife. The nearby Lake Rouffiac has a sandy beach with safe swimming, fishing, water sports, forest areas and a restaurant/bar with magnificent views across the 40 hectare lake. Plenty of things to do with kids. Whether you are a walker, biker, cyclist or motorist you are sure to fall in love with the Dordogne.
Within a short drive/ride there is:-
Pompadour with famous chateau, equestrian centre with prized Anglo-arab stud horses and race course (More info)
Trout, carp and course fishing in rivers and stocked lakes
Canoeing, electric boats, water skiing (with amazing tele-ski system) and sandy beach with safe swimming (Area cordoned-off with lifeguards in high season)
Places of interest nearby include (Click on name or picture for more information):-
Brantome (50 mins) named the "Venice of Perigord" with canoeing, troglodyte caves and many restaurants
Montignac (1 hour) with the famous Lascaux cave and many other prehistoric caves and rock dwellings

Hautefort (25 mins) famous towering chateau and gardens

Jumilhac-le-Grand (25 mins)
Famous chateau with the story of the spinning maiden (Repunsal) Great place for a picnic and the kids can pan for gold in the shallow river bed

Coussac Bonneval (25 mins)
An attractive old village with the fine Chateau Bonneval

Segur-le-Chateax (10 mins) on the route of Richard the Lionheart. One of the prettiest villages in France. During the months of July and August there is a weekly, evening farmers market where you buy your meat, poultry, trout or even snails and they are cooked for you. Find a table and enjoy your meal with fine local wines, live music and dancing
Savignac Ledrier (10 mins) with the ancient forge originally powered by water. An English speaking guided tour is available. A wonderful place for a picnic on a hot day!
St Yrieix-la-Perche (20 mins) with large weekly market every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month and larger stores

St Jean-de-Cole (30 mins) a beautiful riverside village with a huge ancient church
Things to do in Brantome
Chateau Hautefort
St Jean de Cole Large riverside church
St Jean-de-Cole
For the more adventurous, there is the Le Mont-Dore winter ski region, just two hours drive.
You could leave Payzac at 08:00 hrs and be skiing by 10:30 hrs, just in time for the sunshine!
Leave the moutain at 16:00 and be back here in time for dinner.
Mont-Dore is suitable for both novice and intermediate level skiers. (More info on Mont-Dore)
Des Forges at Savignac Ledrier
Savignac Ledrier
Papeterie de Vaux ancient paper mill
Papeterie de Vaux (10 mins) an ancient paper mill, which demonstrates the innovative manufacture of paper from rye straw. An English speaking guided tour is available
Papeterie de Vaux
Chateau Bonneval image
Chateau Bonneval
Segur le Chateax  on list of Top 10 beautiful villages in France
Around Payzac
Jumilhac le Grand
Grotte de Tortoirac
a spectacle of light and shadow with stalagmites, stalactites, columns, draperies, helictites and other forms of formations