Ségur-le-Château Travel Guide

  • The crossing
    The crossing
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  • From the parking area at Segur le Chateau
    From the parking area at Segur le...
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  • Rustic abounds in Segur le Chateau
    Rustic abounds in Segur le Chateau
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Ségur-le-Château Things to Do

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    by iandsmith Updated May 18, 2013

    Nestling in a valley within loops of the Auvezere river it is dominated by the ruins of the 12th century chateau that gives the village its name.
    Some 50 kilometres south of Limoges and about 700 kilometres from the port of Calais it has little changed in decades. Unfortunately the chateau is privately owned and not open to the public. However, the village has many fine old buildings left from its rich past, including some of the half timbered Normandy (or Tudor if you're from England) style.
    One of only three such places in the past it was the home of justice. Courts were held to decide disputes of all sorts. As a result the rich legal beagles of the day had expensive residences to keep them comfortable amongst the ordinary peasants.
    It is a Jekyll and Hyde sort of village. During autumn, winter and spring it is quiet and calm. In July and August it is vibrant with events and visitors. Happily it has never become a twee tourist attraction, but it has in amongst its population of less than 250 some residents keen to share the delights it has to offer with others.
    The Tourist Committee organise a host of events for the summer. The most lively is the Monday evening Farmer's Market. Starting at 5pm you can buy many locally produced things. There is seating for about 500 or so people and a barbecue run by villagers to cook your meat on. Fresh grilled trout from just up the road and, of course, plenty of choice in the beverage department.

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    by iandsmith Written May 13, 2013

    For more than two hours after we wandered the few streets of Segur, stopping every five metres to take yet more photographs. Half timbered houses, waterfalls, mediaeval architecture, this place had it all. At day’s end we rejoiced that we’d each done something we wanted and had also enjoyed the other’s choice.

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    by iandsmith Written May 13, 2013

    "It hardly seemed like we’d found the right place, arriving from a different direction as we were, but soon the charms of Segur-le-Chateau overwhelmed us yet again. A partially ruined chateau set atop the highest point of a bend in the river surrounded by all manner of architecture astride narrow twisting rues left you with a feeling of enchantment.
    We ate at a riverside cafe, served by a couple of local men with a sense of humour and watched by a couple of ducks and a Scottish terrier. This was what we’d come to France for, to sup with the locals midst a mediaeval atmosphere."

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