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Collonges la Rouge - a stunning village

The village of Collonges la Rouge is one of the most stunning villages in the whole country. It is, in fact, officially listed as a "plus beaux village de France", and well justifies this top billing. Built of deep red sandstone and displaying beautiful traditional architecture in addition to important monuments, Collonges la Rouge is a special place, and one that you won't want to miss. Its location, amid the lovely lakes and lush green pastures of the Limousin, is an added bonus!

Sights to see and amenities on offer

The only downside to Collonges la Rouge is that it is a victim of its own popularity, so it is best visited in the low season, but if you are planning to live there, don't worry, everything else makes up for the hectic few weeks of high summer! The village itself is amazingly beautiful, with gorgeous buildings complete with fairytale towers and facades, while its deep red colour makes it impossibly picturesque, especially set against the ultra green countryside around. Sights not to miss include the 16th/17th century market place (a listed historical monument), a 12th century church and the Maison de la Siren with its museum. The village, in spite of only having some 460 permanent residents, also offers some delightful shops and restaurants.

Leisure activities on the doorstep

Many sporting activities are available within easy reach of Collonges too, so whether you want to swim in a cool lake or public swimming pool, walk in the countryside, see the area from the back of a faithful steed or get on your bike, you can enjoy your chosen activity here.

Explore mediaeval Argentat

Close to home, the area around Collonges la Rouge is packed with interesting places to go and things to do. The town of Beaulieu sur Dordogne is lovely, as is the mediaeval riverside town of Argentat, while the Gouffres de la Fage is a site of outstanding natural beauty, and only a few short kilometres from Collonges. Meanwhile, as the Corrèze department borders the ever popular Dordogne, the Haute-Vienne, the Creuse, Puy de Dôme, the Lot and the Cantal, this provides endless opportunities for exploring different departments and regions of France, all within easy reach for days out.

How to get there

The nearest airport to Collonges la Rouge is found just south of Brive, near Souillac, though currently Brive Vallée de la Dordogne Airport, to give it its full name, only offers seasonal flights with CityJet (2011). Alternative airports to use include Limoges, which is served by Flybe and Ryanair, and Bergerac, which is served by Flybe, Ryanair and Jet2. Meanwhile trains can swiftly get you to Limoges, from where you can continue by local train and car. The A20 auto route runs close to Collonges, which lies just off the D38.

Property prices and availability in and around Collonges la Rouge

Collonges la Rouges is highly sought after, and properties close to the village tend to come with a higher price tag than many in the Limousin. However, the benefits of living in such a beautiful place are tremendous, with prospects for tourism-based businesses such as gites or B&B establishments being extremely good. At the time of writing (September 2011), prices start at 252,000 Euros for a fully renovated former farmhouse with spectacular views.

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Collonges la Rouge AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Collonges la Rouge ?

Collonges la Rouge lies in the south-west of the Corrèze department, close to the border with the Lot department, in the Midi-Pyrénées.

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IN THE REGION OF LIMOUSIN

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRÈZE

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Population: 460


Access: By air: Fly to Brive, Limoges or Bergerac direct from the UK. By rail: Travel by TGV to Limoges. By road: The village is found from the D38, not far from the A20 auto route.


Economy: The economy is based around tourism generated by the village's fame.


Interesting fact: Collonges la Rouge is officially named as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

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