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Chateau de Pitray
Chateau de Pitray

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  • South France Wine and Bike Tours France From Inside

    Welcome to Le Chateau de Pitray, built in 1868 by my forefather going back 5 generations. Most of today's creature comforts, plumbing, electricity, Wifi, were installed in the second half of the 20th century, so back in the day it was not so easy a life.

    South France Wine and Bike Tours France From Inside

    The Chateau is not inhabited in the winter anymore as there is no central heating, and even if there was it would be rather inefficient and pointless. Every room has a fireplace. My aunt and uncle live here from mid April to mid October.

    South France Wine and Bike Tours France From Inside

    In this close up shot you can see in more detail the masonry work. The turret on the left now has a shower in it ... very cool.

    South France Wine and Bike Tours France From Inside

     

    South France Wine and Bike Tours France From Inside

    This is one of the alleyways leading away from the Chateau towards the vineyards. The alleyway is called Oxon Alley as this is the path that the Oxon - used to work in the fields and vineyards before we had tractors - were led down from the barn to the fields. The trees were planted 150 years ago.

    South France Wine and Bike Tours France From Inside

    Here is a link to pictures of the Chateau in the winter: Pitray in the winter.