Close to us in Normandy, lies the Château du Champs de Bataille, that has undergone the most remarkable restoration.
Originally built in the 17th century, it has through the centuries been a château, a hospital, a prison for women .... In 1992 it was bought by the fashionable interior architect Jacques Garcia, who set out not only to restore the château and gardens but to create a fitting setting for his spectacular collection of antique furniture and paintings.
A restoration like this is the work of a lifetime, and could only have been undertaken by someone with the knowledge, the eye, the budget and the right connections!
Today the main apartments and the stunning chapel are open to the public, and the private apartments can also be viewed by prior arrangement.
The original plans for the buildings were unfortunately destroyed, but the garden design was kept preciously, and today the gardens have been recreated to their original layout complete with rose gardens, waterways, and long sweeping alleys.
Definitely one of my top recommendations if you are in Normandy
some time between April and October!