Mouchamps

Valley of Histories

Quaint villages

Mouchamps

Perched on a rocky escarpment Mouchamps is a picturesque village full of character and charm.  Narrow streets wind between the attractive gardens and imposing bourgeois houses, a reminder of when this area housed some of the most influential and richest families in the land.

The original church dates back to the 12th century and has been modified several times. The important features : an impressive bell tower in a Romanesque style, a 5m buttress with a sculpture of a maltese cross and a large stained glass window in the flamboyant style.

Le Colombier

The great French politician Georges Clemenceau nicknamed "Le Tigre" (The Tiger), served as Prime Minister of France during the First World War. This great man was a very close friend of Claude Monet, he’s now buried in a plain grave in the grounds of the family's 16th century manor house.

Mallièvre

Guided visit Mallièvre

 

Mallièvre a small village full of character which has preserved its exceptional heritage and rich history. The village was built on the rocky outcrop overlooking the Sevre Nantaise river.

Delightful stone buildings, paved courtyards, charming manor houses and impressive door ways to mention but a few.

Maison de tisserand

During the 16th and 17th centuries Mallièvre was home to a thriving weaving industry . In recognition of its rich heritage the “Maison de Tisserands “has an exhibition dedicated to the everyday life of the weavers and their hard working conditions.

Montaigu

Medieval town

This ancient medieval town still has traces of its eventful past. Louis XI used the town as a strategic fief in the 15th century and contributed to the construction of the legendary dyke helping to reinforce the defenses against the Duke of Brittany.

A delightful town for a relaxing stroll: old stone dwellings, steep streets, the ramparts surrounding the town, the Parc des Rochettes

Puybelliard

Puybelliard

 

Puybelliard, "narrow streets and alley ways"

During the 15th century Puybelliard was a flourishing commercial town renowned for its fairs. The only remaining vestige of the 12th century castle is its tower. It was used as a prison during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The church

The church was originally a chapel situated inside the castle. Between the 13th and the 15 th century numerous modifications were made. Additional fortifications were added during the Hundred year war which gave it an imposing aspect. In 1562 during the wars of Religion it was vandalized.

Today the castle has a British owner.

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