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England

   
 

Aydon Castle   Well Preserved Fortified Medieval Manor House in Northumberland, England


Aydon Castle is a fortified manor house. Almost completely intact, it is one of the finest and most unaltered examples of a 13th-century English manor house. Set in a secluded Northumberland woodland. It was originally built as an undefended residence, but almost immediately fortified on the outbreak of Anglo-Scottish wars. It was pillaged and burnt by the Scots in 1315, seized by English rebels two years later, and again occupied by Scots in 1346.

The earliest stone buildings are the hall, chamber block and the garderobe; dateable to between 1280 and 1300.. Over the centuries the manor house had numerous owners, many of whom lived elsewhere and leased the property to tenants. As a result the manor was left largely unchanged. The only significant modifications were made during a mid 16th century renovation, and a mid 17th century conversion to a farm.

It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and a Grade I listed building open to the public.

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Hoghton Tower   Medieval Fortified Manor House in Lancashire, England


Hoghton Tower is a large fortified manor house near the village of Hoghton in the Borough of Chorley to the east of Preston in Lancashire.

It has been the home of the De Hoghton family since the time of William the Conqueror. The dramatic manor house that you can see today is primarily a product of the mid-Tudor period. The house is built in an elongated figure-8, encompassing two inner courtyards entered through a castellated gatehouse.

Hoghton Tower, a Grade I listed building is the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family. The de Hoghtons are descended directly from Harvey de Walter, one of the companions of William the Conqueror, and through the female line from Lady Godiva of Coventry, wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia.

Hoghton Tower is open to the public. It hosts weddings and corporate and other events events it is a popular filming location. There is a shop and tea room for visitors.

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France

   
 

Le Manoir, St Justin   Well Preserved Eighteenth Century Manoir in Gascony, France


Le Manoir (or Manor) at St-Justin, was built around the time of the French revolution over 200 years ago. It is actually a 'Maison de Maitre' or landowner's house, on a hill top on the edge of the hamlet of Saint Justin in the department of the Gers. The house faces due South. On a clear day there is a dramatic view of the Pyrénées. It is classified as a Chambre d'Hôte, 3 epis.

This is hidden France, the ancient region of Gascony and one of the most rural parts of the country, famous for its Armagnac, foie gras, magret, wine, peace and tranquility.

There is plenty to do in the region around St Justin. For the more physical there are activities such as golf, horse riding, fishing, tennis, cycling, walking, paragliding, white water rafting and very good skiing in the winter. For the more sedate there is a selection of good restaurants in the area, all offering local dishes at excellent prices. There are also the wines and armagnac for which the region is famous.

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