Cluzeaux de Saint-Pardoux-de-Mareuil

Useful Information

Location: Saint-Pardoux-de-Mareuil. About 1 km south of Mareuil, opposite the turnoff to the Chateau de Beauregard.
Open: No restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SubterraneaCave House
Light: bring torch/not applicable
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: mostly
Address: Cluzeaux de Saint-Pardoux-de-Mareuil, Tel: +33-553-609604.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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The Cluzeaux de Saint-Pardoux-de-Mareuil (Caves at Saint-Pardoux-de-Mareuil) were categorized as cliff bottom dwellings on one website. We did not know this term before, so we can only guess it is either a local term or a translation error. However, there are numerous cave openings at the foot of a cliff, probably natural caves which were enlarged, or completely artificial caves dug into the rock by hand. There are several of those caves, and there is a spring named Font Clochette with a so-called Lavoir, which seems to be a huge pool used for washing clothes. The spring with its nice mound was protected with a roof, we guess this was done for the washing women, and is much younger than the rest.