Thursday, April 03, 2014

C - Le Château de Cornebarrieu



Cornebarrieu France, is where my parents-in-law (beau-parents in French) live and where I love to wander whenever we visit. I've met many a soul doing the same on the myriad paths and walks that twist about like a maze through the older parts of the town. A small town, it's growing very fast and some of the "village" feeling is starting to liquidate, but the charm is still there if one looks for it. One day we were invited to tour the old chateau (a manoir is a smaller chateau) that sits atop the hill overlooking the town and surrounding countryside. I've always looked up to see it from down below and now had the chance to not only walk through the grounds and view the chateau up close and personal, but to go inside as well. You now get to see what a "smaller" historical chateau/Manoir looks like. My photos don't do the house the justice it deserves, but the grandeur of the place still comes through...
http://www.cornebarrieu.com/la_mairie.html
Old image of the Chateau in Cornebarrieu
Approching the chateau from the side entrance
View from the front, down on the grounds used for festivals
The side entrance with open door
A view of the front from the outdoor staircase

The side entrance door
A strange architectural feature so one doesn't lose the view out the window.

The rooms all open onto one another in this part of the house.

Archways and doors, tile flooring. All has been restored.

Out the bathroom window on the second floor

Picturesque "french door"

The hallway on the second floor


Notice the doorknob in the middle of the door

The grand stair outside in front of the chateau

A view of the surrounding area

The inner staircase from the third floor


The light blue painted shutters against the red brick are typical of this region

A view overlooking the church and its bell tower

The pump house

These shutters are white on the inside, blue on the outside
This type of brick/stone work is very typical of this area
Daffodils were in bloom when we were there, everywhere!








14 comments:

  1. Hi Lisa .. does the blue on the outside of the shutters deter flies? Stunning place and what a lovely village to visit when you get over to see your in-laws ... love the tour you've given us. Brilliant - I do love seeing other places ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I don't know Hillary. It is a regional blue that one finds all over the area. Goes well with the red/pink of the brick, which is also regional. I like seeing other places also, which is one reason I like your blog. I'm a sucker for the UK... my inlaws live within walking distance of this chateau and I would LOVE to live right next door to them...

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  2. Lovely pictures, especially the French door and the shutter. Those speak to me.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the photos. This manor is such a jewel for this little-getting-bigger town...

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  3. Such gorgeous pictures. Since you saw the castle on my blog, you know I love old buildings.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. Thanks for coming by. Yes, I love that image you have there... spooky! That's the kind of image that gets my imagination going...

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  4. I love those French doors too, want to draw them now. I do love your theme, Lisa! They photos make me dream of traveling more. What a great chance to tour an old manor house.

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    1. My father in law draws as well and draws from this manor quite often as he can walk to it... BTW, I've posted the link to your blog on FB to a friend in the UK, and recommended it to another blogger here on #AtoZChallange. Hope it drives more traffic you way!

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    1. Thanks Jamie... I could live in that village and visit this chateau over and over. Always something new to explore...

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  6. Wow, what lovely pictures!
    (If I ever need to describe a chateau for a story, I can just come here. LOL)

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I appreciated your kind words. :)

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    1. Of course you can! And I have so many more...lol. It takes more time than I thought to go through my mass of photos to find the right ones... and I'll be visiting again. I liked your blog!

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  7. Hi human, Lisa,

    Bonjour et mon dieu! I love your photos and my human loves France. Your photos are a reminder he needs to get over there. Although, he might try to give the French public toilets a miss.

    Penny, the pawsitive host of the Alphabark Challenge, 2014!

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  8. It's cool to visit these places through your blog.

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