Velleminfroy is situated on the southern Vosges catchment basin, in the Department of Haute-Saône (70) in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. This tiny village - population 301 - is part of the canton of Lure, where it stands on the left bank of the Colombine, a tributary of the River Durgeon, 700 m south of the spring.
Come and the visit the Spring domain, you will find us as you leave the village in the direction of the Creuse. In this haven of tranquillity, generous nature reigns supreme. Valley follows dense, luxuriant forest. The charm of the fauna and flora will surprise you again and again, and it is not unusual to come across wild animals when you are out and about. Deep in the forest, water is a constant presence along the walking trails and the spring is so attractive that everyone falls under its charm. A pretty river "La Colombine" runs through this little corner of paradise, which richly deserves its nickname of "Green Paradise". This welcoming landscape is a perfect place for rest and relaxation. And it is in this unspoilt natural site that the Velleminfroy spring gushes forth ...
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Velleminfroy is a very old name, originating in the Carolingian era. The village was mentioned for the first time in the Diploma of Charlemagne under the name of "Villa Manfredi" (meaning the domain of Manfred or Manfridus). Over the centuries, it has had different spellings: Vilemanfrei, Villemanfroy, Vellemenfroy or Vellemanfroid.
Velleminfroy bears the imprint of its history. Archaeological excavations have uncovered remains of the Roman road that linked Calmoutiers to Mollans.
In the 19th century, this farming and wine-growing village enjoyed a period of prosperity thanks to iron ore mining. At this time, Haute-Saône was one of the main areas producing iron and cast iron.
The hamlet of Château-Grenouille is situated less than 1 km to the south of the village of Velleminfroy. Built in 1832, this old coach staging post was associated with the development and popularity of the spring as it provided accommodation for the first visitors who came to take the waters. Originally called the "Hôtellerie du Bois Joli", it was later renamed "Château-Grenouille". After the 1914-18 war, it lost the appellation "Château de".
In the 1930s advertisements stated that it was "close to the Velleminfroy mineral water spring".
In 1950, the house was taken over by the Rénet family. In the hamlet's restaurant, bottles of Velleminfroy were given to customers for free.