Chateau de Saint Fargeau dates back to 980 ad, in that time it has enjoyed a colourful history. Thus earning a firm place in French history. The Chateau has survived its fair share of drama, royalty and war including being damaged by a huge fire in 1752, and being struck by lighting in 1855.
Yet still stands majestically over the stunning chocolate box town of Saint Fargeau. In 1979 to Michel Guyot purchased the Chateau and from day one had a vision to restore Chateau de Saint Fargeau to its former glory. We heard tales during our trip of how determined Michel was to take on this project and preserve history. The Chateau as it stands and operates today is a true testament of his commitment to keep history alive.
However he has not only preserved it, he has resurrected it, given it a heart and made it very much part of French life and the local community again. As you walk the endless corridors, you feel the love and dedication the Guyot family has invested to the Chateau, to make it come alive again.
I will never forget the moment we entered the courtyard, the only way I can describe Chateau de Saint Fargeau is breathtakingly majestic. I felt like I was walking onto the set of an episode of War and Peace. You can feel its beauty in every restored window arch and roof tile. The love that has gone into the restoration is so apparent.
Michel’s wife Noemi gave us a tour, and the work that goes on behind the scenes. Living in a place of such proportions, it would blow my mind. You have to love it, it is a life project. An exhilarating life project, but nonetheless, a project. One you cannot just walk away from, or have the day off. It’s a lifetime commitment.
In an innovative way to keep Chateau de Saint Fargeau in its current condition, they hold a history show every Friday and Saturday night throughout July and August. We were so lucky to see all the behind the scenes preparation. Including meeting the wardrobe team and getting to see the wardrobe department. There are hundreds and hundreds of costumes all waiting to come to life on show nights.
We also got to meet the horses that star in the show, and much to Joe’s delight had a tour of the stables.
We left thinking we must see the show one day. If you are visiting the region at this time of year I would say it is a must see event. A tall claim to say we haven’t seen it? But I have seen a tiny example of the work and dedication that goes into it. With all that work and love of all involved it has to be great.
The castle also offers guided tours and works closely with the community welcoming students who come to study and volunteer to work on the build. I don’t know the full details of this but Noemi pointed out the dormitories, wow can you imagine staying there?
We all fell in love with France, Saint Fargeau and the surrounding areas. It is a region that reflects French life in the truest form. And visiting historical building such as Chateau de Saint Fargeau made our trip so very special.