Chateau de la Roche-Jagu

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The chateau was built on a defensive site high above the river Trieux in the early 15thC. It is a massive plain granite building with an external spiral stairway in a round tower. The roof has small dormer windows and decorated chimneys.

The chateau is unfurnished and is now used to house exhibitions. Having had bad experiences of exhibitions in other chateaux which got in the way of the architecture we decided to miss the inside of the castle.

Although there is a charge to go into the Chateau, there is free access to the extensive grounds which have good views down to the river below. On a nice day you could spend several hours walking here. Judging by the size of the car park this is a popular day out with locals.

Paths around the chateau are good and suitable for wheelchairs.

There is a large herb garden with plants grown in raised beds surrounded by concrete and hidden by plaited willow. There was a living willow fence with entwined stems with leaves above. There was a small pergola with water dripping off it into the fountain below. To one side of the chateau overlooking the river is a herbaceous border which was planted up with white cosmo, cleome and nicotiana.

There is a cafe but we didn't use it.


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