The Essential
This tiny medieval stronghold, which dates back over a thousand years, is designated one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France". Hundreds of rose bushes climb up its half-timbered 17C and 18C houses. Cob walls are offset by red-brick features and pastel-painted beams in irregularly cobbled streets. But far from an open-air museum, Gerberoy is lively and bustling. Perched on a natural knoll, it commands a fine view over the Arondel Valley and woods of Caumont.