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Katinka does not always take kindly to our excursions. Not that she minds us going as much as she feels it is unfair that she can't come along!
We've been to Beaumont-Village a number of times. It's a small village very close to Montrésor. When we were looking for a house last year we looked at one just outside the village. We must have been there about lunch time because at the time we noticed the Auberge and the number of little white vans parked outside it. This is always a good sign in France--it means the place will serve good food: 'bon qualité, bon prix'.
We went to test this theory last autumn and again in February when we wrote about the glass at Montrésor. Both times we weren't disappointed, they served excellent home cooked food.
Earlier this week we were in Beaumont-Village again because, apart from the great Auberge, Beaumont-Village has another claim to fame which we'd been unable to see on the previous visits. So operating under the philosophy of 'third time lucky' we drove over. As Niall aptly remarked, 'if the building isn't open now in the tourist season it never will be'!
The building in question is a very modern, some would say ugly, church. Inside however are preserved a number of frescos which came to light when they tore the original village church down some 60 years ago.
Postcards from the late 19thC or early 20thC show the church to still be in a reasonable state with its roof intact, but it seems a storm early in the 20thC so damaged the roof that dereliction rapidly set in. By 1949 there was no other option but to tear it down. It obviously took some time to find sufficient funds to build a new church but by the early 60's the villagers had their new building.
Naturally we also stopped for lunch at the Auberge--one has to time these visits properly! This time the lunch menu - €11.00- was: crudities or terrine, cabillaud [cod] or cuisse de poulet with either potatos or a gratiné of vegetables, cheese, dessert: home made rubarb tarte. Wine and coffee are included in the menu. The only spoiler was that due to the weather we weren't able to sit outside.