The French Ardennes

The Ardennes : a pleasant, green, authentic region !

You have come across our web site, so you have probably been interested in the French Ardennes real estate for some time, and maybe you are thinking of buying a property or a second home in our lovely region. Although you may have travelled through it, we have thought you might enjoy a reminder, and are pleased to display a few picts of our favorite locations…

Sightseeing in the French Ardennes

Haulmé, the river Semoy

Haulmé, the river Semoy

Charleville, Place ducale

Charleville, Place ducale

Bogny-Sur-Meuse, River stop

Bogny-Sur-Meuse, River stop

Asfeld (Porcien), the church

Asfeld (Porcien), the church

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Roc La Tour, Monthermé

Roc La Tour, Monthermé

Charleville, Place ducale

Charleville, Place ducale

Haybes, Meuse valley

Haybes, Meuse valley

French Ardennes, cycle lanes along the Meuse river (la voie verte)

French Ardennes, cycle lanes along the Meuse river (la voie verte)

Ardennes, France: Meuse Valley

Ardennes, France: Meuse Valley

Haulmé, the river Semoy Charleville, Place ducale Bogny-Sur-Meuse, River stop Asfeld (Porcien), the church mont Roc La Tour, Monthermé Charleville, Place ducale Haybes, Meuse valley French Ardennes, cycle lanes along the Meuse river (la voie verte) Ardennes, France: Meuse Valley


What will you be doing in our French Ardennes?

You will obviously be practising sports ! Choosing between walking / trekking, cycling (mountain or race biking), canoeing, horse-riding, or water sports. For those who enjoy quieter activities, you will find numerous spots for fishing. Nature is there, a never disappointing ally, whatever the season.

For those who are fond of history, the French Ardennes will also be a source of inspiration: you can start travelling through time by going back to the Middle Ages, visiting Montcornet (XIIth) or Sedan Castles (Xvth), or ‘La Cassine’ (XVIth). You may also venture into Charlemont Fort (XVIth), then leap into the XVIIth century, strolling about Place Ducale in Charleville-Mézières, to finally come back to the modern era when WWI and WW2 left their marks in so many places (Les Ayvelles Fort, War & Peace Museum in Novion Porcien…).

Sedan Castle (Chateau fort)

Let’s now focus on local history : most villages in the French Ardennes have some stories to tell, sometimes they have their own dialect too, as well as their craftmanship, traditions and festivals (Mardi Gras, Puppets in Charleville…).

Last but not least : local food and receipes (we are French, don’t forget!). Welcome to the country of ‘cacasse à cul nul’ (it is up to you for the translation), ‘la soupe à l’ivrogne’ (the drunkard’s soup) or ‘le consommé du sorcier’ (the wizzard’s consommé) !

The French Ardennes and  Champagne Ardenne

Should you decide to venture a bit further : a second home in our French Ardennes will be a good starting point for you to visit remote places in the Champagne wine region, as well as in the Aisne or Meuse areas. It’ll then be an opportunity for you to enjoy different local food, heritage or history…

For further information , you may read this article by The Independent.

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