Chateau de Gratot, Coutances

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 Historical documents and 19th-century paintings showing the castle as a romantic ruin were used to guide reconstruction efforts.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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  • This is a charming Chateau from the 13th century. It was exactly what I have been searching for....true history set in quiet, beautiful surroundings with very few tourist (we saw about 4 other people)...  more »
  • If you are an English Heritage or National Trust Member you will enjoy a visit to this historic site which is being restored by the local community and by on- site youth camps. In addition to the hist...  more »
  • A very pretty place. The historic restoration of the place is beautifully made. Let you go by your imagination sustained by the stones, arches, stairs in snails and the cellars, without expecting a castle finished... but so much the better. The place is beautiful with a moat full or Frolic ducks to the multiple origins and where the trees whisper in your ears. You will also find exhibitions of quality. This time, a sculptor whose materials and shapes are allied in a big way.
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  • 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.
  • Well worth a trip
  • Beautiful just beautiful

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