Donjon de Bazoges en Pareds

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The Donjon, is an amazing place to visit, and it took us completely by surprise. Located in the beautiful Vendee area of France, this 14th century keep is in fantastic condition. It was restored in 1992, with all the floors and woodwork having been replaced. There are original fireplaces and sculptures which have not been restored. Altogether there are six floors to explore, and a spiral staircase of 83 steps to climb, so you have to be fit! There is also a wall walk right at the top which is 30 metres from the ground. On the ground floor is an armoury with two 17 th century credenzas , lances and helmets and also crossbows to admire. On the first floor, the room is vaulted, with corbels, one of which is the arms Bazoges . In the mezzanine there are interesting wall hangings and cushions. Herbs on the floor remind you of how people in the past tried to mask the bad smells! On the second floor is a large room which was where the seigneur would have lived with his family. Again there is old furniture including a four poster bed. A tiny room, known as The Lady's Chamber is located next to this, and includes interesting latrines!! The next floor was an old dormitory with straw mattresses on the floor. The climb up to the wall walk is steep, up the spiral stairs, but it's well worth it for the fantastic views which can be experienced at the top. It's stunning! There's a medieval garden, a courtyard, a park with a sequoia, and you can also observe the centre of Bazoges with its old houses and church huddled around the chateau. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and would recommend it thoroughly.

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