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…
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One of the rooms at the top of the spiral staircase.
Thanks for looking.