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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 Basse-Normandie, 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 Historical documents and 19th-century paintings showing the castle as a romantic ruin were used to guide reconstruction efforts.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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  • I visited this castle as part of the 2016 heritage days. As soon as I saw the Castle, I had the impression of falling into another time. Very imposing medieval castle surrounded by moats (where several kinds of ducks flounder quack). A guide is available to visitors. I started the visit by parts dedicated to information related to the Castle and I then got into one of the towers, it is narrow but worth it to climb. I visited cellars then the second tower. Note that there is a legend about it, the "legend of the fairy" which evokes an encounter that in fact the Lord of D'argouges, born of the famous family whose traces are found near the coast including (on the side of Port-en-Bessin memory). General impressions: place that makes travel at the time, is worth to be visited.
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  • It's a visit to do, located between Coutances and the sea. I visited it at an exhibition of plants for sale by professionals, it was very interresting in a feudal framework
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  • The eighteenth century castle Château de Gratuit is surrounded by a water channel. But in fact there are remains of the castle. We did not have enough information about this place, so we were hoping t...  more »
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  • Beautiful ruins set in a lovely island. Very nice for a lovely stroll.
  • I love Castle, in the middle of its moat and the history associated with. The place is very quiet and worth a look. Gem in its green setting, it deserves a visit. Of all the buildings, I prefer above all Tower the Andaines fairy and all the wonderful story that is associated to the point that the fairy appears on the arms of the D'argouges. I dream to go back to the tower by a stormy night, hoping to see the spectrum of the fairy cry "death! The death"! Admission is free for children under 10 years, 1.5 euros for ages 10-18 and 3 euros for adults. Three times nothing. The work done by the association of catering is admirable. There is also a highly educational presentation of the work and its successive steps. Not even in 15 years, the progression is already quite remarkable, so since 1968 it is spectacular. I understand we could privatize the castle for events, but it is re - check. It should be noted that there is entertainment in the Castle and in particular, for the year 2016, the coming of the Vikings the 12,13,14 and 15 August with a series of demonstrations and workshop. I do intend to come back. In the past of the plays were also played there. For my recent visit, there was the presence of an adorable little cat color cream and very affectionate. Last point, the association does what she can, and, unfortunately, the place is not at all suitable for wheelchairs (cobblestones, narrow stairs).
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  • Magical calm. Top for kids
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  • The auction at the castle of the Ferris is a cyclosportive can't miss!
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  • Very nice afternoon and friendly show Viking.
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