Village of Character

A Village of Character with a bucolic atmosphere

  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve : le clocher-porche

    Eglise de Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve : le clocher-porche

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve

    Eglise de Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Eglise de Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve : intérieur

    Eglise de Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve : intérieur

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Pont piéton de Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve

    Pont piéton de Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Lavoir de Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve

    Lavoir de Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

  • Presbytère transformé en gîte à Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve

    Presbytère transformé en gîte à Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve

    © Photo : Dominique Vernier

Centuries of history
In the heart of the Erve Valley and with its Natura 2000 listing, the village of Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve grew up close to a ford that provided a river crossing-point.
The Corseul - Le Mans Roman road ran through the village, and then, in the Middle Ages, the road was built linking Le Mans with Laval.
Nowadays pedestrians can still use the bridge that was built in the Middle Ages on the site of the Gallo-Roman ford.
There is a 19th century wash-house close by.

Outstanding religious buildings
The Romanesque church is a small marvel of simplicity. It includes a porch cum bell tower of small rubble stone construction.
Inside are 5 statues that are officially listed as historic monuments.
The Chapel of Saint Sylvain is located on a hill, close to the town, on the Le Mans – Laval road.
It’s been a place of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages (there are graffiti from the time of Louis XV).
From this spot you get a superb panoramic view, and you can see the medieval citadel of Sainte-Suzanne,
listed as one of the “most beautiful villages of France".

A living heritage
Throughout the year, activities and guided tours are organised in the little town.
In springtime, there is "Les Belles Chaises à la Campagne", an event that promotes artistic creation by bringing budding artists together with established masters in a friendly and supportive environment.
The superb Erve valley is the perfect place for all kinds of walking and riding.
For example, you can set off from the old pedestrian bridge and follow the Erve Canyon ramblers’ route to the Saulges Caves.
In June, a night-time walking and mountain-biking expedition (known as the 'nyctalope' – day-blind) is held around Saint-Pierre-sur-Erve.

The former presbytery, close to the church, has been converted by the town into an extremely comfortable gîte.
The village seems to have got through the centuries without too many problems!
More and more of these beautiful houses are being restored, proving that life here is sweet.

More info

  • Laurent Blohorn
  • Pays de la Loire Small Towns of Character
  • 2 rue Mélusine
  • 85 240 Foussais Payre
  •  +33 (0)6.70.26.08.62
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