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Abandoned Mansions and Castles that are too Gorgeous to be Abandoned

Updated on February 29, 2016
Chateau de Moulbaix
Chateau de Moulbaix
Furhouse Manor
Furhouse Manor

These days it seems like castles and mansions only exist in storybooks and Disney movies. What happened to the foreboding dwellings of our wealthiest ancestors? The truth of the matter is, while there are still many castles in Europe and all around the world, many have fallen into disrepair and ruin over time.

Eerie and Abandoned Breathtaking Mansions and Castles that will simply win your heart

Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers

Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers, is a castle at the town of Les Trois-Moutiers in the Poitou-Charentes region of France. The castle dates back to the thirteenth century and was originally called Motte Baucay.

It was partially destroyed by a great fire March 13, 1932, just after the baron Robert Lejeune, then owner of the castle, had been installing new central heating. The castle now remains in ruins. Only the chapel behind the castle was spared and still in reasonable condition.

With every passing day, the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers falls further into ruin; another stone becomes dislodged by strangling vines, what remains of the roof sinks a little lower. Nature is winning. The Inside is 'Hauntingly Beautiful'.

The Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers does have an owner, a former math teacher by the name of Marc Demeyer, who bought it in 1981 from a family of farmers with the intention of seeing it rise from the ashes.

The English managed to capture this castle several times before it was completely destroyed during the French Revolution. In the 1800's, the castle was rebuild to its former glory. It was taken twice by the English during the Middle Ages and then repatriated to become one of the most popular castles in France known for its lavish parties, before it was sacked again during the French Revolution. It was partially destroyed by a great fire in 1932 and has been abandoned ever since.

At the beginning of the 19th century, a wealthy businessman came along to restore it and added a vineyard to the property, before it was passed on to a baron and esquire of Napoleon III, who rebuilt it in 1870 to resemble the romantic style of the castles in the Loire Valley.

Formerly architectural jewel, the Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers (Trois-Moutiers), is only a stone skeleton.

Château de la Forêt / Château de Moulbaix

Interior of the abandoned Château de la Foret or The Castle Moulbaix is located in Belgium. It was designed in a Neo-Tudor style and built in 1860 by the order of the Marquis Du Chasteler Oswald.

It was built by architect Desire Athois Limburg. The abandoned castle has 344 windows and is surrounded by 62 acres of land. It now belongs to the children of the Count d’Ursel Aymard. The descendants cannot decided on a single owner and the castle has begun to fall into decay.

Stairs in one of the towers in the Château de la Foret, in Belgium, has been unoccupied since the 1990's.

The Château is not technically abandoned, From what I have been able to establish, the property was left to a group of descendants who are unable to agree upon a single owner. For now, until the descendants of Count d'Ursel Aymard are able to settle their differences, the de la Foret will continue to draw urban explorers to its eerie hallways and drawing rooms.

Furhouse Manor

Furhouse Manor, abandoned for decades & is filled with treasures from WW2 ID cards to magazines dating back to the queens coronation. Its like the occupant just left. Even the clocks work & the time correct, beautiful bookcases of books, lovely, now antique furniture. Exact location kept secret to prevent people from stealing items & doing further damage beyond aging of the years. Many additional pictures online.

The Furhouse or Bull Manor (also known as Berkyn Manor House or Highland Manor) is located off of Stanwell Road, just after Foundry Lane, in Horton, Slough Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, England.

The creepy Berkyn Bull Manor/Furhouse Manor Berkshire, Wales. It's interesting that many remnants left out are simple items, such as newspapers and letters, from the early-mid 20th century; making it appear at first glance that the home has been uninhabited for much longer. The property has existed since the 1630's, although the manor was rebuilt in 1848. The owner died in 1987 at the age of 97.

The Furhouse Manor holds many precious belongings. One is the Sickly Organs at Furhouse Manor (by Martyn Smith.) ‘The Loring & Blake Organ Company’ The abandoned Furhouse Manor, even fantastic musical instruments like this pipe organ have been left to decay and probably be smashed flat by the tumbledown roof. Its hard to be believe that something like this could be left and not stolen by thieves or smashed up by vandals. Furhouse Manor really is the house that time forgot. Left untouched by human hand probably since the mid 1980’s.

There exist papers to include a baptismal certificate from December 25, 1938 and a 1939 national registration identity card 34.

"Photos of bulls litter the music room at Furhouse Manor, maybe ancestors of the real life guard-bull that trots outside this tumbledown Manor. Also known as Bull Manor".

The Manor library was very dusty and the smell of decay and paper was really still and creepy.

A real time capsule but nature is taking back a lot of the rooms with full on decay and collapsed floors. Wooden stairs inside the three-storey manor lead up to a beautiful piece of stained-glass work on the roof, which casts a warm glow over the interior.

Selma Mansion

The abandoned Selma mansion. Selma is a historic property and former plantation in Loudoun County, Virginia.

All but the original part of Selma was destroyed by fire in the early 1890's. Following a succession of owners, Selma was sold to an investor in 1989 and has not been occupied since. It was sold again to a local developer, which filed for bankruptcy in 2008.

The building has been placed on the list of Virginia's most endangered buildings in the hopes of raising awareness before it's too late.

The present Mansion is a two and one half-story, hip-roofed, stuccoed brick mansion. The Mansion is considered Loudoun County's earliest and best example of Colonial Revival architecture. The Mansion features an imposing tetrastyle Roman Doric portico with a full entablature and triangular pediment. The Mansion's central entrance is surmounted by a large semicircular fanlight with tracery and flanked by engaged fluted Roman Ionic columns.

Selma Plantation mansion has sat vacant for well over a decade. Once a bustling center of social and agricultural activity, the plantation now lies empty, slowly accepting encroaching vines and decay into its landscape. Sturdivant Hall in Selma, AL. One of the finest examples of a Greek Revival neoclassical Antebellum mansion in the Southeast.

Selma Mansion Norristown, Pennsylvania. Reportedly haunted by members of the various families who lived and died here throughout the ages, there are several reports of disembodied voices, strange noises and various poltergeist-type activities associated with Selma Mansion.

The Plantation Apothecary Office from Roseland Plantation near Faunsdale in Marengo County, Alabama, moved to Sturdivant Hall in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama to avoid its destruction.

The Crocheron columns are on the side of the house. This is a view of the front of the house which was facing the Cahaba and Alabama River Fork. Forrest and Wilson met in this mansion to discuss prisoner exchange after the Battle of Selma.

Wyndcliffe Mansion

Wyndcliffe is an abandoned mansion in the town of Rhinebeck, New York. The scale of this place is absolutely enormous, and its style seems different from any of the other Hudson River estates. The owner, Ms. Jones, was a relative of the Astors. The house reputedly inspired the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses". It is featured on the cover of a book on American ruins.

"Wyndcliffe Mansion in Rhinebeck, NY, has been abandoned for over half a century".

How could places like these so carefully, masterfully crafted be abandoned, forgotten. It's really hard to see such beautiful structures abandoned. When all hope is lost : Moss & ivy softly tend the wounds & suffuse abandonment with beauty. The stories they would tell if they could...


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