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
Pretty and fair with skin like cream, Françoise de Brancas Princesse d'Harcourt lived in that strange world Versailles, when the Sun King Louis XIV ruled. He demanded his aristocrats paid court to him in his glorious over stuffed castle and so there they lived, squeezed into every last corner and cupboard.
La Ferrière-sur-Risle is perfect example of a small Eure Normandy country town, with ancient beamed homes, elegant brick maison and wide tree-lined streets. A regular antique brocante takes place on the third Sunday of the month (except August). Worth a visit for the location as well as for bargains, it takes place