Palaces, Castles & Mansions

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Explore #147: Manoir Cacophonie / Chateau Musique, France – October 2015

Explore #5 of ‘The Royal Variety Tour’ Late afternoon on the first day of our France/Belgium weekender, the next location was a quick visit to a beautiful old manor house, buried in overgrown woodland on the outskirts of a French town… I don’t know anything about the history of this place – there are rumours that the owner now lives in Costa Rica, but who knows. It is clear that music, painting, and art in general was a big part…

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Explore #146: Chateau Colimaçon, France – October 2015

Explore #4 of ‘The Royal Variety Tour’ Next up was this beautiful decaying old Castle with a rather special staircase… History 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…

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Explore #117: Castle of Sammezzano, aka Non Plus Ultra / the Fairytale Castle, Italy – December 2014

Explore #6 of the Wet, with excitement Tour. The third and final day of our wintry long weekend in Italy was a traditional pre-dawn start. Our target: an incredible disused ‘fairytale’ castle… History (compiled and rewritten from here, here, and here) The Castle of Sammezzano was originally built in 1605 by Spanish nobleman Ximenes of Aragon. However, the castle truly became unique in the 19th century when Ferdinand Panciatichi Ximenes inherited the property, and over the course of nearly 40…

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