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The must-sees

    • Castle Farm (17th– 18th c.): Vast dwelling and outbuildings facing each other, now separated by the road
    • Traditional Ardennes dwellings: Many ancestral buildings in shale stone with slate roofs
    • Old Mill: Group of buildings located along the Gros-Fays stream, a relay point for the secret army’s maquis during the Second World War (stele)
    • Ancient views of village life: Boards installed in the village with photos of life in the past
    • Interpretive tour: Discovery tour of the village with educational boards (Starting point: Next to the church)

The charm of Ardennes heritage

Situated on the edge of the forest and perched on the side of a hill, the village is a flagship of Ardennes authenticity. Most houses were built of shale stone from the quarry down below. These traditional houses, beautifully decorated with flowers in summer, offer a masterful display of serenity. The history of Gros-Fays can be read from its walls, the traces of its former activities are everywhere: a 16th century castle farm, a church, an old brewery, a mill, but also tobacco drying sheds, a washhouse and watering places. A 2 km interpretation tour with educational boards allows visitors to discover these different elements.

Leaving the history behind, you can admire the voluptuous foliage of the surrounding area, where the oak tree reigns supreme. The forest offers superb landscapes, and in the background, you can see the meandering Semois river. It’s a call to discover it; why not by kayak for a refreshing, playful activity. You can also enjoy refreshments in the centre of the village in the Lallemand café. This establishment has kept its old bistro character, and the village atmosphere is surprisingly original and authentic.

The audios

The venerable lime tree in front of Saint Pierre

The fortified farmhouse

The wash house drinking trough

The traditional tricellular house

The old mill

Maison du Tourisme du Pays de Bouillon en Ardenne
Quai des Saulx, 12
6830 Bouillon
Tél : +32 (0) 61/ 46 52 11
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Office du Tourisme de Bièvre
Rue de Bouillon, 39b
5555 Bièvre
Tél : + 32 (0) 61/ 29 20 92
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The association Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie (The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia) oversees a network of 32 villages, bearers of a strong territorial identity and reflecting traditional architecture. It is committed to promoting the rural, cultural and natural heritage of Wallonia and is a part of the development of local and responsible tourism.

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