With its red granite houses, the village of Saint Ceneri the Gérei, located on the crest of a peninsula nestled in the bucolic meander of the river Sarthe, is ranked amongst the most beautiful villages of France. Its beautiful 12th century Norman church overlooks the village from a rocky promontory. The frescoes that decorate the chancel recount the legend of Saint Ceneri, who came from Italy in the 7th century, founded a hermitage on the site where there now stands a beautiful chapel. The rugged beauty of the landscapes, reflections of light playing on the river are responsible its popularity with artists such as Paul Sain or Mary Renard who frequented Saint Ceneri in the 19th century every summer for 25 years. Today we can visit the Auberge des Soeurs Moisy and can still have an excellent meal at the Auberge des Peintres where they were received in yesteryear.