Once apon a time, in the middle of a forest… Glimpsed through the dappled shadows of a woodland avenue, the sunlit château might have slipped out of a fairy story.  The tall iron gates are fit for a picture book too but the red no entry signs and the smart new notice board rather break the spell.

 

 

There was a chateau on this site in the fourteenth century but that is long gone, falling into ruins during the eighteenth century.  The present building is a nineteenth century fantasy, built for a Paris banker in Neo-Renaissance style, complete with bell tower and gabled dormer windows.  The château isn’t open to the public but it’s available to hire for conferences and weddings.

 

 

Just to one side of the château gates, this substantial house looks like a cottage in comparison with its grand neighbour.  Gingerbread anyone?