Located at the southern end of the Corrèze department, the medieval village of Curemonte, classified as one of France’s most beautiful villages, is built lengthways on a rocky ridge overlooking green valleys where livestock and walnut orchards thrive.

The town is dominated by the imposing towers of the castles and noble houses that bear witness to Curemonte’s importance between the 14th and 17th centuries.

Curemonte boasts three Romanesque churches. La Combe and Saint-Genest are outside the village. The church of Saint-Barthélémy, located in the village, has retained its bell tower-wall.

But also 3 castles:

  • The first to catch our eye is Saint-Hilaire. It’s the oldest of the three, with its two tall, square machicolated towers.
  • Behind it, a second château stands out: that of Plas (16th century), characterized by its round towers. These were the refuge of the writer Colette during the Second World War. Here she wrote part of her autobiography, “Journal à Rebours”. Her husband Henry de Jouvenel had acquired these châteaux between the wars.
  • The third is La Johannie (14th century). It is situated below the church square and looks like a manor house.