This lovely castle located in Douchy and still in perfect condition is not to be missed. It offers beautiful views of the countryside and has 900m2 of living space.
On the ground floor the first thing you’ll see is an attractive entrance hall, then you will find a spacious lounge, a huge living room and one marvelous reception room. The property consist of 20 rooms in total, 14 of which are beautiful bedrooms, a kitchen, one study room, 11 bathrooms and 13 separate toilets.
Outside, in the big beautiful yard, you’ll find a home gym and a caretaker’s house which can be turned into anything you want. The chateau’s double east/west exposure contributes to its magnificence since it’s the reason why the whole property is full of natural light all day long, making it the perfect home for you and your family.
About the place:
Douchy is a small town in the northeastern part of France. It’s located on the border with Belgium and Germany and between Lille and Valenciennes, on the border of Hauts-de-France and Picardie regions, about 30 minutes from either city. The town has a population of about 22,000 people and covers an area of 7 square miles (18 km). Douchy is best known for its castle that was founded in 1018 AD. The village’s name comes from the Flemish word “ducht” which means bay or creek. Douchy became part of France after World War I. French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited this small town to give his support for their mayor, who was running as an independent candidate – even though he was banned by law from doing so. This visit boosted citizen morale and gave them hope that they could achieve change through politics.
Douchy has been around since Roman times – it was mentioned by Julius Caesar and ruled throughout history by major European powers like Spanish, French and Austrian empires. Over time it became an important market town for nearby farmers, but went through tough financial struggles when farming declined after WWI. Today its economy is growing thanks to tourism – visitors come for cycling routes along canals that trace the old canal de la Deûle. Many attractions are the site of the former Fagnières Abbey, which was destroyed during French Revolution.
Things to do in Douchy:
You should visit the Wine Museum. It can get pretty expensive to fly out here just for a few drinks so why don’t you make sure that you also see what goes into making this delicious drink? You will find yourself going around in circles with the endless number of steps that it takes but you will be glad for all your hard work once you taste what they make here. This place is also famous for using older vines which results in better quality wines too.
Next you can visit the local castle. The old fortress was built in 1660 and is a great place to explore. It has been used as a prison, torture chamber, garrison, munitions storehouse and even an air raid shelter during WWII.
Hike up the mountain behind town for some amazing views of Douchy and its surrounding countryside. You can take buses or ride your bike to reach the top but make sure you head out early enough so you have time to enjoy all there is to see once at the summit.