Last week we travelled to Venasque and surrounding areas and to us, it was a case of villages which had been ‘lost and then found’. We had heard about – and know some friends who live nearby – in the mountainous area past Apt on the way to Cereste and then Forqualcier.

The weather was a bit gloomy but the picnic was packed and off we went. We  found  villages which had, this time, been ‘found and then lost’. Oh dear, quite sad and quite remote. Scenic nevertheless and if its peace and quiet you’re after and being a fair distance from amenities such as shops, restaurants, etc then Castelneuve and St Martin are for you.

Each of the villages needs some really serious investment into buildings . But, if it’s the real thing and authentic medievalism, then these two villages are worth a visit. Dinner party conversation had told us that the restauranteur of the sole establishment in Castelneuve, Le Sanglier, has an interesting approach to his business. He may well be at the restaurant at lunchtime or in the evening, but that does not guarantee his preparedness to accept guest or provide a meal!


Tumbledown garage in Castelneuve


Part of the approach to Castelneuve


You can just imagine what the estate agent will write about this one!


………and this one. ‘Needs a little TLC’.


The impressive memorial entrance to the Casteleneuve cemetery


Going on further across the mountain towards St Martin


Over the rooftops in St Martin


Normal service resumes. Between Castelneuve and St Martin, a well maintained and active farm house



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