Having managed to get a leave and “exemption to travel” pass from the Australian Border Force we continued our plans to travel to France. We had planned more than 12 months ago to travel to France. Then by another miracle we were issued with a French Visa for 12 months and were told we could renew it in Paris. We thought let’s go. First stop, Paris, to catch up with friends and then on to Normandy for a month.
Chateau Chantore is near Bacilly and situated on 20 hectares of parks and gardens.
“The Château de Chantore was built in 1780 by a lord of Chantore. The design, the plantations of the park, very rich in exotic trees, are due to M. Angot, deputy for Avranches, who spent part of his life there in the charm of elegant and intellectual relations.
This stronghold of Roussellière had belonged to the House of Guiton until the 16th century. It has been claimed that this Roussellière, or Roussel’s land, had been the cradle of a Roussel, warrior of conquest, stem of the Dukes of Bedfort, and ancestor of Lord John Russel. However this name does not appear in the Domesday, but it is in the list of Duchesne in the form of Roussel.
The old castle was in the meadows, on the banks of the Lerre, where some debris still reminds us of it. Next, in the courtyard of Champagne, a treasure was found a few years ago. By a rather ordinary contrast then, a Roussel was among the defenders of Mont-Saint-Michel against the English. He was undoubtedly one of those Roussels who gave their name to a sergeant in Avranches, where Montfaut found them noble; Their arms were of silver with two gold anilles on a chief of gules. ”
We didn’t stay in the Chateau which is a B&B but in the Gîte de l’Orangerie this of course has more room and a private garden. The B&B is even more luxurious and has views of Mont-Saint-Michel.
The grounds are a joy to walk, sit and relax in and of course it’s a photographer’s paradise.
Early morning fog is something I love to capture.
An autumn thunderstorm captured from the safety of our Gite was amazing to witness.
The freshly renovated stables are very reminiscent of those at Chantilly albeit on a smaller scale.
The flowers are abundant.
Overall a very pleasant 4 weeks were spent there. It’s a place we shall return to again. This was our third visit.
I’ve put together a You Tube of these and other images.
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