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Located in the River Sarth valley, the village of Saint-Céneri-le-Gerei in Normandy is a magnet for artists because of its picturesque setting


The Sarth Valley which runs though Normandy and on into the Pays de La Loire has many beautiful and enchanting villages along the meandering River. One of these villages is Saint-Céneri-le-Gerei. Its beauty is a magnet for artists and it is really worth a visit. The village is in a picturesque setting with attractive stone houses located deep in a valley cut through hills by the river Sarthe which gives a breathtaking background.

Make sure you visit the 11th century romanesque style church with some very interesting sculptures and frescoes inside and from where where there are wonderful views down the valley. The tiny chapel which stands alone in a field near the church dates from the 15th century.

On the northern outskirts of the village are the equally beautiful Gardens of la Mansonière. There are nine gardens to explore, each with a different theme and design.

If you come for the day there are several restaurants and creperies here to choose from for lunch or dinner.

The above picture is copyright and courtesy of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France organisation.