The house is located in the village of Segur le Chateau, in the Department of the Correze, in the Limousine region, of South-West France.
The birth place of Henri IV’s mother, Jeanne D’Albret, Segur sits deep in the Auvezere river valley.
The house is located in the centre of the village, fifteen minutes drive from the start of the A20 motorway, and forty-five minutes from Limoges, with regular trains to Paris and flights to London. The closest railway station is 10 minutes away in Pompadour, and has regular services to Limoges. Central Paris is some 2.5 hours away via train from Limoges.
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Segur-le-Chateau is a tiny village in south-west France, hidden deep in a river valley and surrounded by deep green woods. The river Auvézère meanders through Segur, hooking around the vast ramparts of a medieval chateau and its extensive park, and then heading south, where it meets the much larger Dordogne River. The streets of Segur are lined with an array of medieval houses, which reflect the village’s chief period of importance, around 500 hundred years ago, when the village housed the appellate court of the Limousine region. Today, Segur retains its historic charm, which is protected through the village’s listing as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France.
The village is services by a small épicerie (grocery store) which is open every morning, with the exception of Monday. On the village square, there is also a cafe, which serves lunch daily, and an Auberge, the Henri IV, which serves lunch and dinner daily. From June-September the excellent restaurant La Part des Anges is open, with a stunning riverside terrace. Every Monday evening during July and August there is a very popular weekly produce market.
There is also a small post office in the Mairie building, which is open each weekday morning. The tourist office, beside the Mairie is open throughout the summer, and on weekends during the winter months.
FESTIVALS AND ACTIVITIES:
During the summer months Segur plays host to many events. These include:
Torchlight Tours of the village: Held regularly throughout the summer months, the evening covers the history of the village and lasts about 2 to 3 hours and rambles over 3 to 4km.
Jazz in Segur Festival: Now in its 13th year, and organized by the Jazz in Segur Association, it gets more popular every year and now runs over four days.
Cul Noir Pig Festival: A celebration of the local pig (the literal translation of the Cul Noir is BlackBum Pig). During the morning there are pens with piglets and sows, boars and young pigs, and this is followed by a four-course feast.
Artists in the Rue: Open to all ages and capabilities, this painting competition is open to all ages and abilities.
Les Journees du Patrimoine: A tour of the village and several of the important old buildings with commentary. Exceptionally, on this day the privately owned chateau is open.
Segur has three well-marked and excellent walking trails which lead you into the woods around the village and through some stunning scenery. These trails are very popular with walkers during the summer months.