Chateau de Villers en Ouche

Chateau de Villers en Ouche

Chateau de Villers en Ouche
3.5
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Sept 2016 • Couples
This was listed as a historic monument in 1974. Originally a Roman site, then a Monastery. In the X1th-X11th centuries. Then X1Vth -XV century the Abbey was turned into a moated manor the forerunner of the present Chateau. The amazing octagonal dovecot that you see as you arrive is from this period.

The dovecot has 1,300 nesting cubicles (boulins) in it. it is an impressive structure. Before the French revolution only the nobility had the right to a dovecot and each boulin was for every 2 hectares. so it was quite an estate to have such a dovecot (670 hectares).

The present Chateau was the work of the architect Robert de Cotte a pupil of Francois Mansart in 1708.

The present owners are decendants of the Beaurepaires who commissioned it. They are presently spending time researching and restoring it and are passionate about it.

We were met when we arrived and given a history of the place and the families who owned it and told that the roof was replaced after a fire and that was when the pool was put in near it in case of another fire.

We then walked around the formal garden and walked through the walled garden too the small greco-roman temple where there is a ring for dancing nearby.

There is a small statue in the wooded area. We then walked to the drive back to the house past the small farm buildings. There is a small chapel near the house.

Then we had a guided tour up the very interesting staircase with very shallow steps making it easy to walk up. The oak bannisters are well worth a good look at. We found it interesting that there were tiles on the stairs. In one of the rooms the floor had a parquet floor similar to that in the palace at Versailles.

We were shown into a room with the most wonderful hand made wallpaper. The lady who showed it to us was obviously very proud of it and was able to point out the various styles in it. It is made up of small portions of paper and colourful with various images on it, It has been restored. The wallpaper has been listed .

Though the place still needs restoration it is planned and is well worth going to as it has such a lot of history to the place and they are so enthusiastic about the place and the lady spoke very good English.

If you wish to go turn either left or right depending on the way you come to the village by the church opposite the Boulangerie. Go down this road some way past a horse stables and then just before the crossroads the entrance is on the left and you go down the drive in an avenue of trees.
Written 19 September 2016
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