Chateau Verdure, France

 

Chateau Verdure
Visited with: PG UE, Carl Hartley, Nick Whitworth & Scott Chadwick.
Visit Date: September 2014

History
I cannot seem to find any history for this chateau, however, if or when I do I will update theis post.

My Visit
This Chateau is located in a more affluent neighbourhood than our first location. The building is hidden away by the overgrown tree lines and bushes as seems to be the case with a lot of the Chateaus we visited. Also, compared to the first location this place is in very bad shape.

We knew before heading here that the building was in a bad way and that it would be a quick visit due to the lack of photo opportunities that awaited us, but, we still knew it would be worth the visit just for the couple of photos we would be able to capture.

Upon entering the building we were greeted with metal supports holding up what was left of the ceiling and trust me when I say that in some places there was not much. Some rooms were in a little better shape than others but not by much.

The area that was in the best condition was the small hallway that has the main staircase & piano and this was the reason our visit.

Photo time….. Please note you can click any image for a larger view.

Chateau Verdure, France - Piano

Chateau Verdure, France - Piano

So after taking the photos on the ground floor of the piano and stairs I moved up to the next floor to take a few shots of the stairs and stained glass windows. The rooms upstairs was in a bad way and I decided to avoid them due to the collapsed ceilings and floors.

Chateau Verdure, France Stairs

Chateau Verdure, France Stairs

So with the main stairs & piano photographed I went for a quick look around, as I said earlier this place is really unstable and the signs of collapse are everywhere. Here is a photo from one of the rooms. As you can see the ceiling does not exist.

Chateau Verdure, France

That is about it for this location, I could post up images of rooms that are falling down or rooms that are being held up by supports but I will leave those images for the album on flickr.

I will finish up this report with another angle of the piano & stairs.

Chateau Verdure, France - Piano

More images available on flickr
The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos of Chateau Verdure on my Flickr page which can be found here.

Final thoughts
Even though the Chateau is ready to fall down I am glad we visited here. If you can see past all of the collapsed roofs and utter mess you can imagine how grand this place would have been.

I found myself imagining this place as somewhere to socialise. The reason I say this is due to the metal & glass canopy that is out the front of the building over the main steps & entrance. It looks very similar to what you would see outside of a theatre today in London. Also with the remains of a snooker table and the piano it just got me thinking was this place more of a social place than a family home.

This is just my imagination and I could be way of the mark and this was in fact a family home, however, this is what I love about visiting these locations it allows your imagination to run free.

To read more location reports of the places we visited on the tour please click here.

If you would like to purchase a print of any of the above photos or any photos on this website you can contact me via the email form on my contact page for more information.

Thanks for reading,

Alan Duggan

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