Thursday, August 17, 2017
17/08/2017 A visit to Chateau de la Mercerie and lunch at nearby Villebois-Lavalette.
Maximum temperature 27C, minimum 14C. 7 km/h NE wind with 24 km/h gusts. Dry.
We visited with a group and had an English speaking Tour guide...
It has an interesting history, though not a long one compared with most French Chateaux. Building only commenced in 1939, due to family deaths and other problems, the building never got completely finished. The local village agreed though that it should be restored and much of the work is being done by friends, locals and retired workmen for free.
As seen from the car park...
Walking up the hill...
Taken through one of the windows, this part is not on the tour.
Our fabulous and amusing tour guide.
The place was built by two brothers, One interested in architecture, and the other in art in the form of paintings and statues. Most of the good artwork was sold off when money ran out, (sigh) but there is still plenty that could not be moved and remains. Certainly well worth a visit.
The ceiling of the above room.
The bedroom, but it seems the room was never actually used as such!
The story goes, this lady reported the two men who crept up behind her and made terrible suggestions, they were both hung for there sins!!
I have many more photos which I may put on tomorrow as I am hoping to get some gardening done and there will be little time for photos.
We then all went to Villebois-Lavalette for lunch, this is the covered market where the restaurant serves its meals.
A great meal with excellent company.
Here is a taster of the dessert :-)
Looking up the hill from the market to the Church.