Villequier Castle – Chateau de Beaumesnil
In the village of Villequier, up on the hills overlooking the Seine river valley in Normandy are several castles and manors. One of them, the biggest, is the Beaumesnil Castle.
The Chateau de Beaumesnil was built in 1784 and was sold several times over during its lifespan (including to an American woman).
The chapel, located next to the castle dates back to 1866.
The castle has a 35 kilometre unrestricted view over the Seine river and valley.
A dovecote dating back to 1602 can be found on the 17 hectares (42 acres) grounds, including a landscaped park.
During WWII, it served as a local Head Quarters for the German occupying forces, but they did not destroy the castle.
In 1972 the hotel was turned into a hotel complex, initially for school kids, then for luxury guests.
But since 2007, the hotel is closed down and they are starting to renovate the castle from top to bottom.
For the time being, the castle can not be visited.
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