Chateau de Gratot, Coutances

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The château de Gratot is a ruined medieval castle in the commune of Gratot, in the Manche département of Normandy, France. It has been classified by the French Government as a Monument historique.It is located only a few kilometers from the English Channel.HistoryThe first Château de Gratot was built during the 14th century, but underwent many transformations until the 18th century. It was constructed by the family of Argouges, barons of Gratot: they sold the castle in 1771. The castle is built in a number of styles, the most recent addition being a pavilion built in the 18th century.The castle was neglected in the 19th century, and was used as a fodder warehouse for local farmers. It was definitively abandoned at the start of the 20th century. Since 1968 it has been recovering its past glories owing to a team of volunteers who restore it lovingly. The main restoration work took place in the late 60's and 70's, requiring tonnes of rubble to be removed from the cellars and ground floor, and the castle grounds to be cleared of undergrowth. Since then some buildings, including two of the towers, have been rebuilt, including adding wooden roofs to the towers and some buildings. Historical documents and 19th-century paintings showing the castle as a romantic ruin were used to guide reconstruction efforts. The 18th-century pavilion has been fully restored with roof, floors, a staircase, windows and electricity, allowing it to be used for exhibitions and cultural events. The latest renovation work concentrates on the formal gardens: only the shape of the gardens can currently be seen, with no paths or planting
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  • full of charm, a beautiful legend! the summer a few years ago it was organized a tour of the place at night, it was very nice to do it with the kids and discover the place differently. And I love the place at the time of the Festival of plants which takes place the first weekend of August;
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  • Do not miss this castle classified historical monuments. It's an August architectural construction surrounded by water moats. you will discover its towers to the narrow stairs, its cellars, its majestic central building, its common, its Postern etc... A castle that is worth trying.
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  • Stumbled across this ruin whilst out driving and loved it! Felt like a real hidden away ruin full of history and energy. Definitely worth a visit.  more »
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  • Amazing restoration of a very old castle. You can walk around the grounds and climb the towers. Beautiful. It's very quiet here and there was nobody else there but us. There is a self serve entrance where you simply put in your money into a box. Please be sure to pay - they really did a ton of work to get the castle restored and do an amazing job keeping it in great condition.
  • Nice castle to look round, children loved the fairy Tower and looking for the fairy's handprint. Free parking, entrance by honesty box 3 euros for adult 1.50euro children 10-18. Laminated guide in different languages and boards dispersed throughout the castle with history and renovations. Looked like a nice walk around the grounds too but it was too cold for us with little children. Good place to visit only downside no picnics and no coffee shop but we ate our packed lunch in the car. Toilets in car park.
  • Cute little castle. not the classic one I was hoping for.
  • Small but good towers to climb and explore.
  • Beautiful ruins set in a lovely island. Very nice for a lovely stroll.

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