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We enjoy sharing information about the fantastic medieval villages that surround the Dordogne River Valley. Certainly one of the most unique is: Collonges-la-Rouge, a picture perfect village to explore with your camera.
Located in the adjacent department of Corrèze, like Carennac it shares the distinction of being on the ‘list’ of the most beautiful villages of France. Collonges-la-Rouge is very old: the first records of town activity date back from 783AD. The village retains much of its old charm, even to the badly paved roads lined by homes from the 15th to 17th century.
The 12th century church is heavily fortified as are many of the private residences with watch towers, turrets and defensive loopholes – all of which were very wise precautions during the Hundred Years’ War and continue to be excellent defensive measures against the tourists every July & August!
So why not come check it out for yourself? The natives are quite friendly and tourists few during the balance of the year!
à bientôt! Jack
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OVERLOOKING THE BANKS OF THE DORDOGNE RIVER and Calypso Island, the village of Carennac is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in all of France. Carennac dates back to the eleventh century (1050AD) built by Benedictine monks, their priory’s coffers grew rich from pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela.
The real magic of the village is how you can feel yourself literally propelled back in-time to the Middle Ages … wandering through the tiny streets with leaning houses and overhanging wooden balconies it’s easy to imagine you’re back in 16th century France.
Carennac is best known for its typical Quercy architecture and the richly carved 12th century tympanum of its Romanesque priory-church, Saint-Pierre. The cloisters, which were rebuilt in the 1400’s after the Hundred Years’ War, are also wonderful to explore — as is the rest of the village.
With the exception of the months July/ August it’s not impossible to have our village completely to yourself. The reason? A majority of our homeowners either live in major metropolitan areas of France or internationally leaving the village virtually deserted outside of major holiday periods.
This is place is a photographers’ dream… great pictures are a snap and if paddling the Dordogne a stop here is a must!
Merci et à bientôt! Jack