3 October 2018

The Château de Terreneuve in Vendée, Pays de la Loire

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Le Château de Terreneuve, situé en Vendée dans le pays de la Loire . Cet été on a consacré plus d'effort à nos sorties en famille, cherchant à découvrir des monuments historiques et notre patrimoine. Ce château Renaissance fut construit vers 1590 pour Nicolas Rapin, Grand Prévot de la Connétablie de France et compagnon d’Henri IV.


Malgré l'architecture extérieur impressionnant et le nouveau musée, on a trouvé notre visite très décevant. La visite guidée (qui coûte 9,50 euros, plus cher que le Château des Ormes) permet de découvrir tout le rez de chaussée du château: les salons (non photographiés à cause des portraits de famille personnelles) les deux salles à manger, le bureau, un chambre puis le studio. Le château exige de grandes rénovations, surtout dans la salle à manger - mais les rénovations qui ont été faites récemment dans la 'chambre' effacent toute trace d'histoire. Malheureusement cette chambre fut une vraie arnaque, et on a finit par se demander pourquoi cette pièce faisait partie de la visite. Les visiteurs ont fini par manquer d'enthousiasme, et le guide n’était pas très captivant (peut-être parce qu'il y avait très peu de choses a dire). Malgré tout ça, il y avait quand même deux pièces que je suis contente d'avoir vu.


Le Terreneuve Castle is a renaissance era castle located in Vendée near the Loire Valley here in France. This summer we have made more of an effort to visit historical monuments nearby. Terreneuve was built around 1590 for Nicholas Rapin, friend of Henry IV. Despite it's beautiful exterior, we found our visit very disappointing. It only offers guided tours which cost 9,50 (more expensive than the Chateau des Ormes) which took us around the ground floor of the chateau and the small studio. Among these were some living rooms (no photography allowed), two dining rooms, a small study and 'bedroom'. Sadly the castle is in dire need of repairs, which are very noticeable in the main dining room.

The renovations that have been completed are sadly very disappointing: the downstairs bedroom is no more than an unfinished room that has been filled with furniture. At this point we felt as though we had been ripped off and many visitors lost enthusiasm (the tour was also a bit too long) and the guide also failed to grip our attention, but this may be because there was little to say about those rooms.


Despite all of this, there were some pretty details worth capturing. I don't usually mind paying to see historical monuments as it means you are contributing to its upkeep, however this is the first time that I've felt like it was a lost cause. So, so much work is required that it may just be easier to rip most of the rooms down and modernize it, a sad thought but unfortunately true.



La musée était plutôt intéressante, avec un grand espace bien éclairé. On pouvait voir des anciens outils, des vêtements, des armes, des meubles et autres. On pouvait facilement y passer une quinzaine de minutes à tout voir.

The museum was quite promising: displaying all kinds of objects, from tools to clothing and weapons. There was also some furniture which included an 18th century bathtub. You can easily spend about fifteen minutes here.


Les salles à manger sont les pièces les plus détaillées. La plus petite contient de très belles portes et meubles en bois, avec de grandes fenêtres et des peintures. L'autre salle est la pièce avec les belles caractéristiques: le plafond qui malheureusement nécessite de travaux importants, la cheminée et l'entrée.

The small and large dining rooms were the rooms with the most features. The smaller room had beautifully carved wooden doors and furniture, with large windows and paintings. The larger dining room had the most important features of the castle: the fireplace, ceiling and doorway. Sadly this room requires important renovation work: four pillars were installed to keep the ceiling from collapsing (cracks can be seen throughout).



Et la dernière piece de la visite: construit comme une chapelle et bien éclairé, cette piece était un studio auparavant. Aujourd'hui elle contient les statues qui à l'origine décoraient la façade de la maison!

And the last room of the visit is actually an art studio once used for creating gravures, yet the build is similar to a chapel. This was probably my favourite space of the tour because of it's architecture and the fact it had lots of natural light. 

There you have it, the Chateau de Villeneuve. I found the outside absolutely stunning but sadly really overpriced for the visit, which is a shame because although I know our tickets will help with the necessary renovations, the chateau doesn't have any unique features worth visiting. However it's a castle we've ticked off the list, I wonder which one we'll visit next?

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