We’re currently having a stretch of beautiful weather (we’re also having a drought, but that’s a story for another day). So last weekend, the lovely missus and I decided to take a short drive out into the country. The goal: Sarrant, the closest of the Plus Beaux Villages de France to Chez Newman.
There are around 150 such designated villages in FR. We’ve probably visited a dozen of them.
Sarrant’s claim to ‘plus beau’ fame is its circular bastide, or innermost part of town. You enter through a wooden gate, complete with spikes, just as though you were entering a medieval castle.
To complete the image, the center of town is dominated by a pretty cathedral (it looks like the stained glass windows would be pretty, but the church was closed when we were there) and it’s surrounded by half-timbered houses.
Since the drive was so short – only 35 minutes or so – we decided to check out a couple of other nearby places as well: The Moulin de Brignemont, an 18th C mill, and Chateau Lareole, a pretty 16th C chateau. Alas, the mill is closed until June and the chateau doesn’t open till May. Sigh. At least we have a reason to go back for another pretty Sunday drive in the country.