France 2016 – Villefranche-de-Lonchat

Today I am sharing with you the quaint and small town of Villefranche-de-Lonchat.

France 2016 Villefranche-de-Lonchat a beautiful doorway covered in vine.

Remember the French chateau I stayed in this year for Heather Bullard’s Academy? It’s located in the little French countryside town of Villefranche-de-Lonchat.

Today I’m sharing the most beautiful photos of that little town with you.

It’s probably a name you’ve never heard of before. The thing is, you could pick any random little countryside town in France on a map and be in complete awe of its beauty and simple grandeur.

The town is very small and very quaint. It was built between the 14th and 18th centuries in the Dordogne region of France east of Bordeaux.

We walked to this village to pick up supplies from the local convenience store called an alimentation.

There’s a little post office, pharmacy, city hall that’s a museum now and a notary.

There are also two large stone churches, one right in town and one closer to the chateau we stayed at.

Let me show you around!

Rolling hills in France.

Let’s head back to geography class at school to visit the map of France.

The red dot will give you an idea of which big centre we were close to. That’s Bordeaux and where we all flew into.

France 2016 Villefranche-de-Lonchat / Bordeaux, France map.

On this map, #1 shows Bordeaux and #2 shows Villefranche-de-Lonchat.

It’s about an hour’s drive from the airport.

Detailed map of Villefranche-de-Lonchat .

And here is the cute little French town. The first photo of the landscape is from a view just behind this notary office building.

Old stone buildings in the town in France.

In the middle of the town sits this large church.

An old stone church with a steeple in the town.
A side angle of the old church.

And every turn are cute little row houses and alleyways.

A very old building with muted purple shutters.
French town alley, cobblestone street.
Red shutter doors in a building on the street.
There is a door knocker in brass on a white door.
A wrought iron fence.
Old French city hall.
A French countryside old church with a clock in the steeple.

Here is the local school.

A school made of stone in the town.

The post office is just down this cute side street.

The old stone post office.

The large church is just a few blocks out of the town centre and on the way to the chateau.

It wasn’t in regular use when we were there but used a lot only for weddings and such.

In fact, the chateau owners went and picked up the keys to the church for us to  have a private tour for the day.

How quaint is that?

An old church with rolling green hills and large lush trees along the countryside.
A cemetary beside the old church.
 Stone church and cemetery French countryside.
Stone flowers on the cemetary.
 Stone church and cemetery French countryside watering can.
French countryside crosses beside the church.
Stone cemetary with a wrought iron fench.
Wrought iron fench details.

Inside was majestic. It’s unfathomable all the work that went into building a church like this.

Inside the stone church and cemetery French countryside.
The old stone catholic church.

There was a creepy little balcony with a spiral staircase that I took a risk and climbed to get a few aerial shots. And by creepy I mean I felt like the whole thing would could crack and come tumbling down at any moment.

But then I thought, falling and dying in a church in France wouldn’t be all that bad, right?

Inside the stone catholic church with red carpet and red chair.
The details inside the church such as candelabras and statues.
An up close look at the stone archway in the church.

Totally worth it.

Church railing details inside.
An old statue inside the church.
A large archway and wooden door is the entrance to the church.

I hope you liked this little village tour.

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  1. Beautiful so wonderful to be there, I love pictures of cemeteries. The photos in the church that you risked going up the rickety stairs was well worth it, says I who didn’t risked death..lol,they are fantastic.Bien fait magnifique !!

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