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The Sleeping Beauty Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers


The Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers in Les Trois-Moutiers, Poitou-Charentes, France, is one of these structures that run the risk of either becoming decrepit over time or being destroyed for the sake of modern expansion.
An ancient moat that has eroded over time still surrounds this lovely castle.

Despite its small size, the castle appears serene in photographs and has remained unaltered for centuries.

The ceilings are gradually falling down over time.

The Baucay family once owned the building, which dates back to the 13th century and was in charge of directly reporting back to the King.

During the Middle Ages, the English twice seized the castle, but it was eventually returned to its original location, where it became a well-known tourist destination known for hosting memorable parties.

During the French Revolution, it was once more pillaged.

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A wealthy businessman restored it in the 19th century and eventually added a vineyard to it.

After that, it went to a baron who was also an esquire of Napoleon III.

In 1870, he rebuilt it in a more romantic style that was similar to that of the Loire Valley.

When the Baron Lejeune Edgar installed central heating in 1932, a devastating winter fire broke out.

The massive fire spared the chapel, outbuildings, and dovecote, but the overall damage was devastating.

All of the valuable paintings, Gobelins, rare books, antique furniture, and tapestries in a library were destroyed.

Due to the fact that it was left relatively unaltered following the fire, the castle would appear rather run-down if someone went there today.

The castle was neglected for a long time, and it stood empty and withering.

Marc Demeyer, a math teacher, bought it in 1981 with the intention of fixing it up and seeing its full potential once more.

He said in 2013 that he had worked hard on the house for two years and put a lot of effort into it, but it was “sabotaged” (he didn’t say what was sabotaged during his repairs).

A French bank owned the forest and surrounding land prior to Demeyer’s purchase of the castle, which it later sold to a number of different owners.

There are still a few people who own the land and castle today.

Because they built outside the moat, some of these owners still live on the property.

Some people think that some of the Chateau’s land was used to build a new hotel nearby.

Since there was so much land, it would have been impossible to own all of it and still have enough money to restore the castle, which is probably what Demeyer was referring to when he complained of sabotage.

If those rumors are accurate, this is most likely what he was referring to.

Regarding the ownership of the castle, Demeyer has not communicated with anyone.

Almost certainly, he abandoned it, maybe even sold it.

As a result, a small group of people in France are willing to work toward the preservation of the castle’s ruins.

The Friends of the Chateau de la Mothe-Chandeniers are their moniker.

They would let people tour the castle if they had enough money and support.

However, their fundraising efforts have been unsuccessful, and the group has received little support.

The group recently communicated that they are also giving up on the project due to a lack of interest and funds.

The castle will remain in ruins as a result, and it will most likely collapse sooner rather than later.

As long as the group can raise sufficient funds to carry out its mission, it will continue to carry it out.

Even though some individuals are of the opinion that they are not making the problem sufficiently public, they are still attempting to obtain assistance from administrative and legal authorities.

They might have a chance of attracting worldwide attention for saving the castle if they did.

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