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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

For sale: 1,000-year-old fixer-upper

This chateau is owned by friends of Carlo and Elisabeth in France. He's a member of parliament and she's from an old family. This was the home of her mother, who had died two years earlier. They're listing it with Sotheby's but not up yet. The near tower in this picture was the first bastion there on the commanding hilltop, built in the 11th century. The second, far tower was added a couple of hundred years later, and the house connecting them in the 16th century.

The problem with such properties in Europe is that you are severely restricted in what you can do to such historic things.

This etching on a wall marks the occasion of a resident's wedding in 1599.

This kitchen is inside the 11th century tower.

Elisabeth and our host (with the ball) in the "back yard." The view was spectacular in all directions.

Looking down across vineyards from the barn (there are five or six huge buildings associated with the chateau, and a complete little village that once went with it just below ... a place for the serfs no doubt), this is the pigeon house, which was said to feed most of the dozens of people who lived there.

The back, or village side of the chateau. I suppose maybe it was the front. Our host noted that the balustrade on top is mismatched because half of it was blown off in "a tempest" and had to be replaced.

An overview from a little farther away. The only things missing are the conical "hats" atop the towers, but our host said they're forbidden from adding them.

Posted by Mose, 4:11 AM


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