A closer look at Poitou-Charentes: Chateau de la Roche Courbon

Chateau de la Roche Courbon

During our recent research trip/holiday to the Poitou-Charentes region of France we took the kids to a few different attractions to get them enthusiastic about the idea of moving. Our six year old was excited to hear of a chateau that was nicknamed ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’, so we decided to take a look at the picturesque Chateau de la Roche Courbon. We paid 6.50 euros to visit the grounds, but didn’t pay the extra 4.50 euros for a guided tour of the house. Four year old boys aren’t generally known for their patience and interest during guided tours of old buildings, especially if they are in a language they don’t understand! The children actually got in free as they are under seven, so it was a pretty reasonable day out as we spent several hours there.

The building looks very pretty and with its symmetrical rounded turrets is entirely reminiscent of the iconic Disney castle. The gardens are great to explore and we were also able to play traditional wooden games in the chateau basement. It was also possible to visit a cave network within the grounds where archaeological finds showing evidence of Neanderthal occupation have been found. My daughter really enjoyed following Dad in and out of the caves – fortunately we had received a tip to take along a torch. My son was most impressed to see the stream where woolly mammoths used to drink.


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We are thinking of moving to France – we being me and my husband, our two children, and my mother-in-law (and two dogs). The current plan is that we’ll spend the next year plotting and planning and if everything goes well we will make the move in the summer of 2015. I plan to document the whole process so that I can look back in three years’ time and marvel at how well it all panned out! If, however, it proves a fated endeavour then my comprehensive blog will no doubt be snapped up by some Hollywood director for untold millions – it’s pretty much a win-win situation, right? Well, I’ll keep you posted…

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