I know I know. My Sunday photo is getting more and more every week. This week it’s my Sunday 16 photos, but how can you visit somewhere so stunning and not share it. But you did get off lightly as I narrowed these down from hundreds. This to me is a real Disney Castle, a dream castle. If I could have a country Castle this would be it, I will share my town castle next week. Because obviously if you can afford a castle you would have a town and village one, right?
As you enter through the dainty wooden gate the sheer beauty of Chateau Ratilly hits you, in fact at this very moment Jack looked at me and said Mum I want a Castle! Because Chateau De Ratilly is truly magnificent, in an understated dainty and pretty way.
If there were such a thing as a modest Castle I would say Ratilly is just that, magnificent and breathtaking from the outside. Yet as you step into its walls it is like walking into a country village with a pretty courtyard garden overlooked by chocolate box cottage style doors and windows, which make you want to move in immediately. It is the sort of place you can see yourself living quite easily.
It is owned by the Pierlot Family who bought the castle in 1951 after a colourful history, from been built in the 11th century up until that date. We were shown around by the lovely Clear and you could just tell the love she had for Ratilly in fact if you check out their website you just get it, the family grew up in the gorgeous castle, their parents lovingly turned part of Ratilly into a pottery studio which their daughter Nathalie still runs today.
The website displays a few old black and white family photos, they just make you heart melt to see the love the family have for this beautiful piece of history. But who wouldn’t it is breathtaking.
Chateau De Ratilly much to the work of the Pierlot siblings still maintains the ethos that Jeanne and Norbet set out to create and is the most beautiful arts center, with a pottery studio run by the lovely Nathalie whom we watched at work and wow she is incredible. Ratilly also host’s exhibitions and concerts every summer. The incredible thing is we nearly never visited, we were meant to be geocaching but had to change our arrangements due to the rain. On this occasion I have to say hoorah for rain, as I am so glad we got to visit.