“La Mangeoire” means “the manger”. Before the Chateau was constructed in 1848 this building was a single-storey chai – a local word for a barn or a shed. It would have served the cottage, which is now “Le Pressoir”.

The cobbled floors in this building helped to date it around the year 1600. It was a shame to cover the cobbles over with cement but they were far too uneven to be of use. There is a little window by the sink that dates around 1600. In 1848, doubtless in order to serve the Chateau, the roof of this building was raised by about one metre, and a floor was put in upstairs to accommodate hay and straw for the animals who lived below. There is a ladder-like object on the wall that is what remains of the manger. The heavy stone base of the manger ran along the wall that separates this cottage from “Le Four à Pain” next door, but again it had to be removed as it took up a lot of room.

In the early 1900’s the roof was raised again (you can see this in the bedrooms quite clearly). From the outside you can see one central window, which the current owners blocked up, and it was in to this that straw and hay was loaded; it was then thrown down to the animals via a trap which was more-or-less where the sink in the kitchen is now.

The animals here were almost certainly horses for there were old carriages in what is now cottage “La Charrue”, horse collars were also found here. Rabbits and chickens were kept outside the Chateau kitchens, and there were almost certainly goats for milk (traditional in this area), but there was no evidence of other animals.

Posted on September 1, 2011 by Jake
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