Saturday, 12 September 2015

Chateau de Kerjean

Carole's Chatter: Chateau de Kerjean


On our last full day at Chateau du Lannuguy, despite getting progressively more tired as the trip went on, we did wind ourselves up for another expedition - this time to Chateau du Kerjean (half an hour or so away).


This is an example of the sort of thing you can run into on rural roads in Brittany.

We found our way to the Chateau ok although the GPS (now known as Backdoor Annie did its thing and we ended up at a side entrance where it looked like the workers were parked ).  But this was fine because it was actually much closer than the main entrance - which given that it was raining by the time we left the chateau was a good thing.

There were almost no people there - 5.50 E each - no literature at all in English about the chateau - so I had to do some research later.

Carole's Chatter: Chateau de Kerjean

This is a chateau and fortress.  Set in a park of 20 hectares.  Parts of it are in ruins – it was quite atmospheric.

It is an impressive building - and hasn't been overly  tarted up .

Carole's Chatter: Chateau de Kerjean

How would you like to sleep in this bed?  It is actually a bit bigger than it looks.

Carole's Chatter: Chateau de Kerjean

And how about the high ceilings in this kitchen – mainly for fire protection, I suspect.


Carole's Chatter: Chateau de Kerjean

The remains of the old moat can be seen.

Carole's Chatter: Chateau de Kerjean

Some details – the chateau is a 16th century fortified manor house located close to the town of Saint-Vougay in Finistere, Brittany.  Originally built for the Marquis de Kerjean, the chateau was damaged in the French Revolution and pretty much left to fall into wreck and ruin.  The Government took it in 1911 and has done some restoration.  It is regarded as symbolic of Renaissance architecture in Brittany – whatever that means.

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