Set high above a beautiful French valley we find this large abandoned chateau with a grand entrance and stunning stone staircase.
We park up by a beautiful wide river and head along the river. It was the most beautiful access route to an abandoned place I have ever taken. Spring was coming and everything was covered in a furry like moss it was like walking through an enchanted woodlands. The fairy tale soon ended when we reached the base of the steep climb, not just steep but covered in smashed glass, tiles and bricks. Taking hold of branches to pull ourselves up and some would snap on us and we would slide back down a few feet. Eventually we reached the top. It still wasn't over, we got inside only to find a locked door so more climbing over precarious pallets and loose rocks was needed so we could enter the grounds. After some sneaking around we finally found ourselves inside and it did not disappoint. Well actually the upstairs did, but the ground floor was stunning.
I believe the chateau was built sometime during the 19th century and was rebuilt at a later date. During the mid 1980's renovations took place and the chateau was converted to a hotel with over forty rooms. Sadly all the rooms are of no interest but the reception rooms retained their former glory. I believe it was last used as a home for the elderly before closing for some reason.
Since its closure it has been used as a set for some films, but this was quite a few years ago now.
It's hard to believe this beautiful chateau and its large grounds are for sale for far less than 1,000,000 euro!
We leave as we arrived down the intrepid steep slope and through the enchanted woodlands. I will return one day, not for the chateau but for the scenery its set in. No chance to grab any images as time wasn't on our side.
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