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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 Historical documents and 19th-century paintings showing the castle as a romantic ruin were used to guide reconstruction efforts.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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  • Lovely ruined castle with a moat. You can climb up the tower and get beautiful views. It's just outside the cathedral town of Coutances. 
  • A very romantic allure, but also a great work of restoration. The photo to do and you can climb in the towers, even in "the Fairy Tower". A castle don't miss
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