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Visit Saint Germain du Salembre

A few kilometres north of Mussidan and Neuvic and to the west of Perigueux is the village of St Germain du Salembre. It is in the Perigord Blanc part of the Dordogne.

Explore Saint Germain du Salembre

Sometimes when you get off the beaten track and explore the small villages of the region you can get somewhere and its a bit disappointing, and at first glance Saint Germain du Salembre doesn't seem to have much to offer.

However from the parking area walk towards the church and you will notice to the left down a side road there is a really beautiful house. This is the Chateau de Saint Germain du Salembre and was built during the 15-17th century on the site of an old gallo-roman villa. It is is a historic monument, a "Vielle Maison Francaise" classified house and is utterly charming.

Saint Germain du Salembre

It has a gorgeous stone balcony on the first floor of its west wing and an equally lovely wooden balcony on the first floor of the north wing. Unfortunately it is not possible to visit the chateau.

The church of Saint Germain du Salembre is a fortified church with a strong room. At the back of the church an arched partition seperates off part of the church and above this is a wooden balcony. The church was built in the 12 and 13th centuries in Roman style and added to in 1537 in Gothic style.

Jean Cluseau-Lanauve, a French painter from the 20th century, is buried in the graveyard.


In the village there is a bakers which still makes its bread in a wood fired oven. There are not many of these traditional ovens left in France but believe me it adds a wonderful flavour to the bread. There is also a small bar which serves meals on a lunchtime.

Saint Germain du Salembre is on one of the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela.

Saint Germain du Salembre

Places to visit near Saint Germain du Salembre

Saint Germain du Salembre is on the east of the Forest of la Double and on the edge of the Salembre stream and the area is appreciated for its flora and fauna.

Nearby is the 'Ferme du Parcot'. This is a farm building built in 1841 in the traditional half-timber style and with a covered wooden verandah running the length of the house. It has been preserved as an eco museum and is a protected both as an historic site and as a picturesque site. It is set in a lovely woodland area, part of the 'Foret de la Double', with lakes and meadows.

La Ferme du Parcot is on the edge of the village of Saint Astier, a pleasant market town with a pretty riverside area.

Neuvic sur l'Isle is nearby and has a chateau which is open for visits in the summer and the surrounding park and botanic garden is open April to September.

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Map of Saint Germain du Salembre and places to visit


Saint Germain du Salembre places to visit



Neuvic is home to the Chateau de Neuvic which is open to visits in the summer.

Neuvic guide
Isle River

Isle River

The Isle river passes through some of the Dordogne's quieter villages and countryside.

Isle River guide
Saint Astier

Saint Astier

Saint Astier is a pleasant market town.

Saint Astier guide
Mussidan Villages

Mussidan Villages

Some pretty villages near to Mussidan.

Mussidan Villages guide


Mussidan is a pleasant market town in the north of the Dordogne.

Mussidan guide


Issac is a small village with a pretty church at its centre.

Issac guide