'Love at first sight'
It is 27 years ago during one of my early visits to the Périgord
that I first saw this Château nearby us and fell in love with it.
The Château was built during the 17th and 18th Century
and is a fine example of the great Classical mansions in our area.
It looked unlived in and I tried to find out what has happened.
I learned at that time that it belongs to an elderly woman
with a goat farm which was close to the Château.
Locally she had a reputation for being rather eccentric.
And the Château, in all its crumbling state,
was for sale at around 4 to 4,5 million Francs (less than 700 000 Euros),
a large fortune at that time.
Whenever I passed it, I fantasised about living there, but......
The Château in the early 1990's
As the years past it was slowly but surely crumbling away until it seemed that suddenly
windows broken, shutters missing or hanging off and walls collapsing.
The whole place was in a sorry state. Nobody was interested in buying it and
spending another large fortune on restoring and maintaining this Château.
Finally it was bought about 10 years ago by, it is rumored,
a very rich company, definitely French.
Luckily, the lady in charge of all the work that had to be done
was determent to ensure that every detail
of what had to be repaired and replaced was authentic.
Lime stone finials, shutters, doors, windows, roofs, facade, outside walls,
floors, panelling and so on......
facing East, Northeast
facing West, Southwest
It now looks like it was originally,
just nicely faded which restores its charm.
I love it even more!
The Romanesque church, L'Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption,
situated next to the Chateau, dates from the 12th Century
Le portail roman possede....
des chapiteaux sculptés d'animaux fabuleux
de figures géométriques
et de feuillage
The hamlet of four - five houses close to the Château
looks all the happier now.
All photos my own