The chateau is tucked away in a green and coastal valley just 15 minutes west of Cherbourg in Normandy. Construction started in 1510 and originally a high wall surrounded it. The wall was demolished in the 18th and 19th centuries to reveal the splendour of the chateau. The gatehouse still remains. In 1830 the gardens were developed with the help of an English landscape architect. The extensive grounds were filled with a mix of exotic shrubs, azaleas, hydrangeas and rhododendrons. although it suffered damage in the 20th century, it has been lovingly restored and is open to the public. More information at

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