The high walls of the old chateau in our postcard were designed to keep people out. They hadn't bargained for Donna McDougall, but that wouldn't be for a few hundred years...
Over 1000 years of history
Renaoud de Bailleul built the first stone castle in this valley, he was one of the
Deep in the soft countryside of the Pays d’Auge, at the end of a quiet lane, stands Manoir de Querville.
Looking through the arch (Querville is a private residence) we spy the building in our postcard. Fancy brick and stone topped with a timber frame. A grand home that has been
During 1937, just before the outbreak of WW2, the Touring Club of France went on an expedition to see the beautiful manor houses of Calvados, in Normandy.
Happily for us they took a camera and recorded these grand old houses, including at least one that has now been lost forever.
Lets join the
This is a postcard of the Manoir des Picarts de Radeval, also known locally as Le Grande Maison and in most history books as Manoir de Radeval. Radeval is just a mile north of Les Andleys in the Eure, but to match it we had to go to Hampshire in
An invisible crowd waits on the hillside, staring into a forest. They have waited so long their chairs of rocks are covered in moss, corners softened by heaps of pine needles.
Chapelle Sainte Geneviève is a very strange place indeed.
Rise and fall, and rise of the chapelle
The first chapel was built