Everywhere you look, moss and shrubbery are overrunning its grand windows, balconies and towering archways; it's a grand reveal waiting to happen. But many centuries ago, this castle was a gathering place for the rich and famous.
Look closer, and you can see hints of the castle's former self. You can imagine party-goers peering over the balconies, drinks in hand; a couple out by the water sneaking a kiss. Now, only the shadows of the castle's countless visitors still visit.
Construction of Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers began early in the 13th century, where it was owned by the Bauçay family, a powerful and influential family that had strong ties to generations of kings and other members of high-society.
It was taken twice by the English during the Middle Ages and then became a well-known destination for parties and gatherings for high society. The party didn't last long, though; the castle was ransacked again during the French Revolution.
It seems fitting that a man in such high standing should live in a castle! Once again, the lavish parties and gatherings began--and ended--at the castle. Guests filled the grand stairways, the ornately designed rooms and traversed through the elaborate archways.
After being left in disrepair for so many decades, nature started to take its toll on the castle. Branches, trees, plants and vines started slowly chipping away at the castle's former beauty--but you can still see what used to be.
It’s hard not to let your imagination run wild, envisioning the thousands of affluent and royal people who graced the castle’s property; how beautiful and opulent the lavish parties must have been. Castles such as Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers are living, breathing pieces of history.
In the video below published by dronecontrast.com, filmed with the help of a remote controlled drone, you can see how the castle looks today. These high definition shots set to a stirring selection of classical music is quite impressive:
Only Time Will Tell If The Castle Will Ever Be Restored
It's amazing to see a structure with such a rich history. If you're lucky enough to visit Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers, you'll be on the same grounds and in the same castle as countless kings, queens and aristocrats since the 13th century. As nature continues to take the castle over, we can only wait and see if it will ever be restored to its former glory.