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France Chateau De Singes, France, September 2014

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Location #1 of the ‘Who’s hand was that Tour’ - Chateau De Singes aka Castle of Monkeys

History

Not a lot of history on Chateau De Singes I’m afraid other than it was built in the 17th century and the last time it was occupied was in the middle of the 1970’s.

My Visit

After a long journey which started at midnight in the UK we finally arrived at the first location in France at 09:30. We was just about to enter the chateau when we spotted a car parked in the tree line right outside the building. One of the group took a quick look inside to see who or if anyone was inside, within seconds we knew there was and who it was, it was a local photographer with a model doing a photoshoot. We announced we was in the building, said hello and started to get the gear ready and within minutes we was all happily taking photos.

This place is really nice and airy, I say that because the building is basically one big rectangle with windows and doors on both sides which allows the light to stream in. The floors, walls & ceilings are mostly light colours which bounces the light around and gives this place a calm feeling.

Signs of damage are there and a little graffiti but not much. Considering this chateau has been empty for this long it really is in good condition, well, better than i was expecting anyway.

Lets get on with the photos…

Now we all knew that the main feature in this chateau is the staircase so a few of the group headed off to photograph it straight away and I decided to head to a different area as to not get in the way. The first photo I took was of a bath tub placed in front of a window. Seems a little weird why it would be here but it makes for a good picture.

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Just to the right of where the bath is located was a room with a nice size fireplace. Placed on top of the fireplace is a horse riding helmet which made sense to me later when I found the stables as we was leaving.

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After taking the above images I decided to go and see if I could get a shot of the stairs. My luck was in as the lads was just finishing up so after a couple of minutes wait I was snapping away.

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After grabbing some images of the stairs I headed to the left hand side of the building, this side is not in as good a condition as the other but none the less it has some interesting decor.

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You are probably thinking well is that it! The answer is yes. Upstairs there was nothing of major interest or décor so I focused my time on the ground floor.

More images available on flickr

The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos of Chateau De Singes on my Flickr page which can be found here, https://www.flickr.com/photos/119757413@N07/sets/72157647857118382/

Final thoughts

This small French chateau was a great way to start out the tour. I found this place to be very calming and a nice relaxed & safe explore. I highly recommend visiting this one if you are planning a trip.

To read more location reports of the places we visited on the tour please use the following link http://www.alanduggan-photography.co.uk/urbex-france-belgium-tour-september-2014/

Thanks for reading,

Dugie

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Great report all round, love your selection of shots but that staircase is sublime, would love to visit the place myself :thumb

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As always Alan a great write up and captured well.

Cool share mate :thumb

:comp:

Thanks SK

That staircase is a bit fancy, quality report as per :)

Cheers Lara, and I agree it is a bit posh :)

Great report all round, love your selection of shots but that staircase is sublime, would love to visit the place myself :thumb

Cheers Raw, great place although not the biggest. An hour on site is plenty so its a good filler or starter location for a trip.

Dugie

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Stunning, what an absolute architectural gem, thanks for sharing with us !

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Thanks mate glad you liked the report. Stunning little place this one.

Dugie

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