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A Beautiful Village in the Périgord Noir

The beautiful village of St Geniès nestles in greenery north of Sarlat just off the Montignac road. By and large, few would disagree that it is the epitome of how a perfect French village should look. Surprisingly not on the list of Plus Beaux Villages, for reasons which elude this author, this splendid village in the Black Périgord should certainly not be missed.

A village green and lauzes rooves

Named after the Provençal martyr St Genesius, St Geniès has a large village green giving onto charming houses. All are constructed from a golden hued limestone and topped off by lauzes rooves. Furthermore, the village boasts a ruined Romanesque keep, a Renaissance castle and a church.

At the top of the village is a mound complete with the Gothic Chapelle Cheylard (1327) replete with frescoes from the period.

Market day: Sunday

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The Northern Périgord Noir (1–2 days)

Medieval castles, beautiful villages & a pre-historic river

Text © Paul Shawcross

Images by Photo by Paul Shawcross