The stunning Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers lies hidden among the trees in the south of France, 200 miles from Paris. The castle is surrounded by a 20-foot wide lovely moat, making it look like something directly out of a fairy tale. The moat has long since gone still and has become covered in moss and algae, the first sign of the neglect the castle has suffered since it was abandoned.
The castle was built in the 13th century, and it’s clear it was meant to be the height of luxury. The detail of the castle reveals how much thought was put into the building of this magnificent structure. Clearly, the builders knew what they were doing with the castle as you can tell from the fact that it still stands proudly, watching over the small town of Les Trois-Moutiers.
The home originally belonged to the Bauçay family who was very prominent in their time. They were close to many of the notable members of the regime, even the royal family. During their time in the home, they held many lavish parties behind the gleaming white stone.
In 1932, a fire swept through the castle, destroying the furnishings within. The sparkling stone was scorched black by the fire, but the castle itself remained otherwise unharmed, a testament to the time. Unfortunately, the owners abandoned the castle after the fire, and it hasn’t been inhabited ever since.
Ever since the castle was abandoned, nature has fought to take back her own. Vines have begun to creep over the ancient stone walls, and the bushes and trees have begun to help shield the castle from the outside world. The castle will surely continue to stand against nature, as it has stood against political revolution and the test of time.
Hopefully, the owners of the castle will soon fight to reclaim the beautiful piece of history, and restore her to her former glory. With a bit of elbow grease and love, this castle could surely return to being a true work of art. We’re just grateful for the photos that exist to share the majestic castle in all her glory with those of us who might not get the chance to explore her in person.