Welcome to our village
Ségur le Château is one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France". It is one of the most beautiful medieval villages in the Correze.
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 it's name.
Some 35 miles south of Limoges and about 450 miles from the port of Calais it is little changed in decades. Sadly the chateau is privately owned and not open to the public. However, the village has many fine old buildings left from it's rich past. 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 it's population of less than 250 some residents keen to share it's delights with others.
There are a host of events in 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 6-800 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.
Live entertainment will keep visitors happy while they eat and drink. There is a bar/café, Le Vert Gallant, and a restaurant, La Part des Anges, for more organised menus. The Auberge Henri IV is
open every day in summer except Thursdays for food and drinks.
We used to have the worst public toilets in the Correze but with the refurbishment of the Foirail we now have the most palatial ever seen. The roof is specially made oak beams the like of which I have never seen in a loo. It will become a tourist attraction in it's own rights now it's finished.
As well as the events there were defined walks emanating from the village from a few kms to a 4 or 5 hour trek but they are a little overgrown in places. Fine as long as you have good stout shoes - flip-flops and high heels not advised!!
We get many visitors to the village, some just passing through, some stopping off on a journey, some out for a gentle walk, some four-legged and some multi wheeled. For the most part they are very welcome.
There are camp sites in Lubersac, St Sornin Lavolps and St Yrieix la Perche. Until the refurbishment of the Foirail there were signs advising that motorhomes were not allowed between 8pm and 8am -
hence no overnighting. But those signs have disappeared. They were often ignored even then. It may not be official but we have had a few motorhomes park right in front of the Mairie and stay for a
night. But not on a Monday night or when preparing for an event on the Foirail. Even residents with houses on the Foirail have to move their vehicles off the area at those times. As long as you don't
leave rubbish and you spend a bit in the cafés and shop I don't see a problem - but that is only my feeling and other residents might not agree.
TF1 visited the village in August 2010 and spent the day filming. The result was shown on one of their regional programmes and can be viewed here
. It is only about 4 minutes long but you can see some lovely bits of the village and some locals.
Some different residents A car rally has a rest
Cycle race passes through Not so welcome - satnav doh!
Kim's 2009 Painters in the Street winning painting. The theme that year was back in medieval days, the troubadours visit the village.