This small village of 320 inhabitants is found at an altitude of 413 meters, which is its main defining aspect. Set in Auvergne north of Clermont-Ferrand, it overlooks the plains and valleys to the north, boasting beautiful views of the Limagne plain and the southern part of the mountains of Auvergne.
Charroux is the only village that has officially been rewarded with the 'Most Beautiful Villages of France' label in the entire department. The charms of the village remain in the intricate structure of its medieval walled city. The Church of St. John the Baptist (XII century) is one of the buildings inherited from this period. A historical relic, its stained glass windows alone have been dated back to the late nineteenth century. With their depictions of the saints, sometimes with the instrument of their sacrifice, as we can see in the illustrations of St. Martin and St. Lawrence; the windows are the jewel in the crown according to most visitors.The village of Charroux may seem a little bland upon first impression, but it is in fact in its quirky details that its charms lie. Cellars, lofts and wells seem to dot the entire village and are primary examples of the village's unique character. Some wells are even accessible via the kitchens of some of the older houses; a prominent feature indeed. If however, wells and cellars aren't your thing, then the village has a large museum (in comparison to the size of the village, that is). Throughout its 12 rooms, the museum traces the village's development in chronological order. With Roman remains on display, as well as a collection of photographs, a classroom devoted to the Revolution, you'll know all about Charroux in no time!
Speaking of time, one of our favourite quirky details was Daniel Fonlupt's haven of timepieces. Whether you are passionate about clocks and watches or not, this little den is bound to charm you. Mr. Fonlupt collects a range of pieces, some of which date back to the 16th century.Jaw-dropping charm in la Garde Adhémar Pesmes' noble demeanor