Chateau de Vassinhac - Collonges-la-Rouge

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23 February 2024  |  Culture, Architecture

Collonges-la-Rouge, a journey through time

Located in the Limousin region of France, Collonges-la-Rouge is an extraordinary village that seems straight out of a fairy tale. With its houses with red facades, its cobbled streets and its medieval atmosphere, Collonges-la-Rouge offers a unique and captivating travel experience. In this article, we will delve into the history, charm and attractions of this exceptional village.

History and heritage of Collonges-la-Rouge

Collonges-la-Rouge takes its name from the red sandstone which constitutes the main stone of its houses and buildings. Founded in the 8th century, the village prospered in the Middle Ages thanks to its strategic location on the trade route linking Lyon to Bordeaux. The narrow, winding streets, half-timbered houses and medieval towers bear witness to its rich historical past.

Sandstone is formed by cementation of quartz grains. Often red and ocher in colour with red pigments.

Château de Vassinhac

Don't miss the Château de Vassinhac, restored from the 16th century. You can visit different period furnished rooms, including the bedroom of the writer Colette, the Louis XVI salon and many others... A spiral staircase will take you to a vaulted cellar where photos of the château de its origin to its restoration.

Architecture and Charm

Its unique architecture gives an exceptional charm to Clonges-la-Rouge, which gives it a singular beauty and timeless charm. The flamboyant red facades, tiled roofs, mullioned windows and carved wooden doors add to the striking aesthetic of the village. Every corner reveals new architectural details and picturesque views.

Attractions et activités

While exploring Collonges-la-Rouge, visitors can discover architectural treasures such as the Church of Saint-Pierre, the Tour Carrée and the Maison de la Mermaid. Art galleries, artisan boutiques and charming cafés invite you to stroll and explore. Visitors can also enjoy peaceful walks in the surrounding countryside, offering spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Gastronomy and culture of Collonges-la-Rouge

The essential dishes of Limousin:

Boudin du Limousin, a specialty of the region that we recommend with chestnuts, accompanied by caramelized AOP Limousin apples.

The local gastronomy of Collonges-la-Rouge reflects the authentic flavors of Limousin, with traditional dishes such as Limousin beef, regional cheeses and local wines. Cultural festivals and artistic events throughout the year enrich community life and offer visitors an immersion in local culture.

20 minutes from Collonges-la-Rouge

You will be able to discover two villages classified among the Most Beautiful Villages in France: Curemonte and Turenne. Or delve into prehistory at the Neanderthal Museum, discover the Branceilles wine cellar and its vineyards, spend an evening in Saillac at the producers' market (Fridays in summer), or visit the walnut oil mill of the Tale of Life.

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Amélie Roca

I am a Community Manager for Pure France as well as the host of Pure France TV, presenting high quality rental homes all over France.

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