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Chateau de Gratot, Coutances

#14 of 25 in Historic Sites in Manche
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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 Historical documents and 19th-century paintings showing the castle as a romantic ruin were used to guide reconstruction efforts.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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  • .. .and also their parents. It is restored and maintained. The environment is pleasant and conducive to walks in peace. Don't miss: the days of animation around the garden with the presence of exhibitors
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  • What a surprise to find in the countryside the ruins partly restored Castle whose visit is free. This allows us to admire the work of restoration which is far from finished good luck to the team
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  • Very good surprise, advised by our guests of the agapanthus have lingreville. Restored with great care and patience, access free site with contribution of 3 euros/adult or + a your good heart; The visit was a treat, explanation on inconspicuous signs and / or with booklet has l lair in different languages. Passing through the region, not to be missed!
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  • Cute little castle. not the classic one I was hoping for.
  • Beautiful ruins set in a lovely island. Very nice for a lovely stroll.
  • Well worth a trip
  • Beautiful just beautiful
  • Beautiful castle, a very romantic style with its garden and its moat very well restored and maintained... Visits are free. The towers can be also visited. You come across can be the fairy in the tower... Who knows?! Beautiful jewelry 😊😊
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