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Courmemin

Town, village, neighbourhood in Courmemin
  • In the heart of the Sologne region of Loir et Cher, on the road between Romorantin and Chambord, Courmemin is a typically Solognot village with a scattered settlement. Situated in a verdant, wooded setting, with the Nizeron stream running through it, it offers an unspoilt environment just a 2-hour drive from the capital and a stone's throw from the châteaux of the Loire. Romorantin-Lanthenay, capital of Sologne, Chambord and Gy en Sologne (Château du Moulin) are just 15 minutes away,...
    In the heart of the Sologne region of Loir et Cher, on the road between Romorantin and Chambord, Courmemin is a typically Solognot village with a scattered settlement. Situated in a verdant, wooded setting, with the Nizeron stream running through it, it offers an unspoilt environment just a 2-hour drive from the capital and a stone's throw from the châteaux of the Loire. Romorantin-Lanthenay, capital of Sologne, Chambord and Gy en Sologne (Château du Moulin) are just 15 minutes away, Cheverny 20 and Blois 30.
    Two freeways, the A10 and the A81, are just 20 minutes away, providing quick access to major traffic arteries.

    Numerous hiking trails are available in and around Courmemin. A project is currently underway to connect Courmemin to Chambord by extending the "Châteaux à vélo" cycle path. The route will follow the age-old and legendary "soldiers' route".
    The village retains a strong agricultural tradition, with producers of strawberries and asparagus, as well as cattle and goat breeders. Two goat farms produce renowned farmhouse cheeses.

    B&Bs and self-catering cottages offer a pleasant stay in the heart of Sologne and the Loire castles.

    A little history
    "Courmesmin was an important village in the Middle Ages, whose prosperity, like that of the Sologne region as a whole, was based on the production of sheep's wool. Its fairs, three or four a year, were more important than those of Romorantin. The covered market was set up in Place de l'Eglise. Alas, the Hundred Years' War put an end to this prosperity. The region was devastated in 1356 by the troops of the Black Prince, who laid siege to Romorantin. Nearly a century later, Courmesmin's covered market still exists, but is deserted. They had "24 vices for drapers, 16 for merciers and 10 for shoemakers and tanners, measuring eight feet in front of the estaiche", but had been "melted down and vasquants" since the war.

    The "grande maison", an architectural gem dating from the early 16th century, is currently being restored. This half-timbered monument features a half-timbered construction in the shape of a Saint André cross.

    The 13th-century Angevin Gothic church features a flat choir and five-bay nave. The façade is buttressed at the corners, the flamboyant portal features a rose window and the baptismal font dates from the 16th century.