NASSOGNE, OR THE ARDENNES REVEALED
The council of Nassogne sits astride the Ardennes and the Famenne. It stretches out over an area of 11.196 ha, has around 5.200 inhabitants and is composed of the villages and hamlets of Ambly, Bande, Charneux, Chavanne, Forrières, Grune, Harsin, Lesterny, Masbourg, Mormont and Nassogne. The forest, 60 % deciduous and 40 % coniferous, stretches out over half the council area and marks the threshold of the Ardennes massif.
Nassogne has many charms, not least its great location and the tranquillity of the area. Nassogne, away from the beaten tracks, has a wonderful natural environment, dotted with hills and dales ; in short, it’s the perfect destination for walks and rambles.
Deep and mysterious forests contain an unspoilt, wild habitat, an astonishing flora, an abundant and diverse fauna : stags, deer, roe deer and wild boar. Its magnificent landscapes reveal their charm throughout the four seasons : strange yet alluring during the winter months when a mantle of snow and a mist shrouds the landscape, carpeted with flowers during spring, luminous under the July sky and totally unforgettable when autumn comes and a ray of sun sets the brownish, red and rusty tints alight.
Nassogne also has its share of farms where traditionally bred animals are turned into delicacies by dedicated craftsmen, using methods that respect both the animals as well as nature : deer, pork grazing the Ardennes grasslands, goats, sheep and even bees …
A profusion of waymarked walks, observation platforms, mountain bike and cycle trails, the « Panorama trail » or even a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, there are many different ways to discover this small corner of paradise. Located in the very heart of the forest, the Château du Bois (i.e. « the castle in de woods », a restaurant) is also worth a look. The pavilion was built in 1871 on request of Prince Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte, nephew of the famous Emperor …
In Nassogne, the word « gastronomy » really means something and the variety of accomodation on offer (hotels, self-catering cottages, guest rooms, campsites) is part of the appeal of this little countryside council where the villagers’ friendliness is rivalled only by their quality of life …
From « Road-Book – Discovery Walks – Character Villages » - Gal RoMaNa