Palaces, Castles & Mansions

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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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Explore #114: Villa SG, Italy – November 2014

Explore #3 of the Wet, with excitement Tour At the end of our first day the rain finally relented for a few hours as we explored the remains of this once grand villa. History This villa was built around the end of the 19th century. At the start of the 20th century it was owned by a soldier who had been honoured for his brave actions in several wars. Wanting to give something to his community, he started to teach…

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