Saturday, 25 August 2012

This may be the most beautiful village in France - or at the very least it's right up there!

View from front of church in St-Ceneri-le-Gerei

This is an unbelievably picturesque little village.  St-Ceneri-le-Gerei is found in the Orne department of Normandy to the south-west of Alencon. It is in a lovely wooded setting on a bend in the River Sarthe in the heart of southern Normandy, and officially classified as a 'most beautiful village of France'.

Looking up from river level at the church in St-Ceneri-le-Gerei

Its houses are nestled around the 11th Century Romanesque church. It has some beautifully restored ancient frescos.  Down by the river there is even a little spring which is said to heal eye disease - but I wouldn't know about that!

Houses on the village square in St-Ceneri-le-Gerei


  1. :( I wanna go! It's so lovely and serene.

  2. Gorgeous! I shall add it to my list of "Someday Must See".

  3. Carole,
    Hi! Very lovely...
    Hope your'e having a nice week end.

  4. I could live there, it looks so peaceful and picture perfect.

    The view of the church from the river looks like it should be on a hallmark card.

    Wish I could get ivy to grow up the side of our building like the one in your photo.

    I'm pleased to now be following your blog, if you have some time I hope you will visit my blog.

    1. Michelle, thank you so much for following Carole's Chatter. I did pop by your site but couldn't find where to comment. Love your pics on your latest post. Have a great week.

  5. How lovely. Thank you for sharing

  6. There are many beautiful villages in France and I have been lucky enough to see lots of them - but this one is new to me and it looks as though it has earned its title. Gorgeous. Axxx

  7. BEAUTIFUL....Europe is always so quaint.

    Just stopping by to look around.

    Stop by my blog if you like....I have a giveaway for a murder mystery.

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  8. Isn't this village a treasure? We enjoyed your photos, thank you. We only found St Ceneri le Gerai because of a very old postcard of the chapel, but are very glad we did.
    The postcard and more here


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