The Chateau of Kerjean

The Chateau of Kerjean was built in the late 16C for the Barbier family, in particular Louis Barbier who inherited great wealth from his uncle, the Abbott of St Mathieu. The buildings were badly damaged during the French Revolution, and pillaged for building materials in the 19C. The property passed into State control in 1911 and has been restored in the late 20C. We visited on a grey, wet day when it was too miserable for walking!

The Chateau of Kerjean
The Chateau of Kerjean
The moat and walls of The Chateau of Kerjean
The moat and walls of The Chateau of Kerjean
The gate across the bridge, and entrance to the Chateau of Kerjean
The gate across the bridge, and entrance to the Chateau of Kerjean
The walls and inner gate to The Chateau of Kerjean
The walls and inner gate to The Chateau of Kerjean
The walkway on the gateway into the Chateau of Kerjean
The walkway on the gateway into the Chateau of Kerjean
Jean Barbier (1537), the father of Louis Barbier
Jean Barbier (1537), the father of Louis Barbier

The Chapel has an interesting ceiling, with carvings.

The ceiling of The Chapel of the Chateau of Kerjean
The ceiling of The Chapel of the Chateau of Kerjean

The ceiling of The Chapel of the Chateau of Kerjean

The ceiling of The Chapel of the Chateau of Kerjean

I found the Chateau itself somewhat bleak and empty. However, there were some interesting pieces of furniture, such as these boxbeds, linen cupboards, and grain storage chests.

Boxbed in the Chateau of Kerjean
Boxbed in the Chateau of Kerjean
Boxbed of 1615, The Chateau of Kerjean
Boxbed of 1615, The Chateau of Kerjean
Grain storage chest, Chateau of Kerjean
Grain storage chest, Chateau of Kerjean

There are some grand fireplaces…

16C Alabaster work from Nottingham, Chateau of Kerjean
16C Alabaster work from Nottingham, Chateau of Kerjean

Fireplace, Chateau of Kerjean Fireplace, Chateau of Kerjean

There are two kitchens and this one looked pretty basic by today’s standards!

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The water supply comes from a well in the courtyard, just behind the gent.

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It was an interesting visit on a gloomy day, and in good weather also offers a walk in the many acres of surrounding parkland.

Further information
The Chateau of Kerjean

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