On a driving adventure to the west of Angouleme Misty and I stumbled across this lovely chateau. Notable is the wooden "No Trespassing" sign, the only one we saw during our countryside ramblings.

Historically a chateau is the manor house for the lord of the manor or a country house for nobility. Originally and most frequently found in French-speaking regions these structures could be walled-in and fortified but this is not a requirement. Most chateaux are described in English as "palaces" or "country houses" rather than "castles".1

Did you know..
The term Faux Chateau is synonymous with the term McMansion.

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