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One afternoon in the small manor house of Mursay

Family Jennifer - conseillère en séjours By Jennifer - conseillère en séjours, the 11 May 2018

The last week, I told you my visit the castle of Coudray-Salbart, in Echiré. And well, at the moment, let yourselves be allowed pull by the discovery of the castle of Mursay on the road of Sciecq.

Fifteen minutes of road will be enough to take you in quite a different more bucolic decoration, more raised still and especially paradises of frogs. The surrounding wall of the castle is not accessible for safety reasons, but a small path of interpretation allows to relive the past of this castle and to discover to it the famous characters who lived in him by explanatory panels.

Françoise d'Aubigné, marchioness of Maintenon, will be raised eight years, in the middle of her Protestant cousins, to Mursay. Théodore-Agrippa d'Aubigné makes of Mursay his residence of rest in 1583. He will take advantage of the peace of mind of the place to write. Henri de Navarre would have found refuge to Mursay, heading for Guyenne, in 1576. Marthe-Marguerite le Valois de Villette de Mursay was born in the castle in 1671.

The castle of Mursay is situated on the left bank of Wean her, in an island, in front of village of Sciecq. He was built near a former one "chastel" being of use as outpost to the fortress of Coudray-Salbart. Unfortunately, this building suffered a lot and at the end of the 30s, it is in very poor condition. In 1952, the services of the State will so classify ruins …

Plundered and vandalized, the castle, reconstructed by Agrippa d'Aubigné, will eventually disappear in this vegetation of brambles and ivy. In 1999, an association is created and fights to protect him. In 2002, the Conurbation of Niort buys the island and its ruins. Works of consolidation were financed by the State, the General Council of Deux-Sèvres and the CAN in 2003.

Why I liked this place? His immediate closeness in Sèvre Niortaise calling back the landscapes of the Swamp from Poitou, its green setting, its peace of mind. I have the feeling that time stopped to Mursay. And then the noise of the water, the birdsong, the reign of frogs. It is natural 100 %, I adore!

I hope to have so given you the desire to go off to explore these two exceptional sites.



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