Explore #4 of ‘The Royal Variety Tour’
Next up was this beautiful decaying old Castle with a rather special staircase…
Formerly a manor house built just before 1900, over time it was extended to a large mansion. Apparently the present owner is a wealthy engineer who now lives abroad whilst his chateau crumbles.
The castle is nicknamed Colimaçon (which is French for ‘Spiral’) due to its incongruous but amazing back staircase which provides access to all floors from the Southern section of the building.
Unfortunately this was a very rushed explore, as a farmer whose land directly adjoins the property was ploughing his field right next door. It’s at times like this that having a car with English plates on doesn’t really help in trying to keep a low profile. However, we did manage to sneak inside without being spotted, but didn’t hang around for long as we were all rather on edge – probably heightened by exhaustion kicking in after being up all night and being onto our fourth explore without a proper meal or break in between! As we were leaving the farmer was right in front of the property, so we didn’t manage to grab a decent shot of the impressive front of the castle (except for Mark, who just went rogue and nearly got us all busted!). 😉
Anyway, I hope you enjoy…
As always, click on a photo to VIEW LARGE
…but these were the ones which were unique to this place – the modern tiled design clashing with its more traditional surroundings…
Looking down from the top of the staircase…
…and looking up from the semi-flooded and litter strewn dark basement at the bottom!
Some lovely old wallpaper (it’s definitely worth clicking on this shot to see the detail).
One of the rooms at the top of the spiral staircase.
I loved the colours and delicate decay in this room…
…there was just time to grab a quick shot of this reception room on the ground floor before we decided we’d better press on to our next location.
Thanks for looking.
This is awesome! Any chance for a clue? Like, the first 2 numbers in its postal code? Been looking for this place for weeks now.
Sorry, I never give any info not already shared.
Went there today… that farmer is a problem isn’t he 🙂
And nowhere safe to hide a UK car!
Ha ha, yes not the easiest of places to keep under the radar.
To bad there isn’t someone who can restore this beautiful building.
I would love to…
Feeling a big reaction to her…very sad with the way she looks. Actually I drew a partial pic when I was a kid of this house…but in its newer days. I’m a-gasp right now. My drawing had water in front though. This is extremely random. Very weird. Never seen the spiral stair case until this evening.. but I have dreamt of it before… water was flowing down it and then the water would stop. Nobody will probably read this so that’s good. I sound like a lu-lu. I could go on with other “memories”. I’ll journal everything I think. This American is dumbfounded! (Although I do have some French roots… & turns out my Norwegian family were sheep herders…lol… represent sheep herding neighbor/previous owner!) Ok…my goodness. Just. Oh my word. I don’t know what to think.