It’s a Pigeonnier

What is known is that the Pigeonnier in the grounds of Le Manoir dates from the 16th century and has been a National monument since 1953. The existence of such a structure means there must have been some sort of substantial dwelling on the site at this time.ᅠ  However, the core of the present house is believed to date from the 17th century as the sundial on the front of the house bears the date of 1699, together with a Latin saying “Non omnes qui mane micant sub vesperelucent”.ᅠ  Apparently, this saying is often found on sundials, and roughly translated means, “not everything that sparkles in the morning light, is found again during the evening”.

Stone corbels, which would have supported a turret of some description, can still be seen in the dining room and from the terrace at the back of the house, giving the impression that the house was fortified at some point in its history. There are other clues around the house that lends support to this theory such as the small round opening in one of the bathrooms, through which one can imagine firing an arrow or musket…

The Pigeonnier stands on nine mushroomed topped stone columns which were designed to keep out rats. It is considered to be one of the finest pigeonniers in France and is much photographed and painted.

5 thoughts on “It’s a Pigeonnier

  1. Houses being built on the beach have to be built on supports (somewhat) like this 13 feet high due to flooding. There are no stairs to get inside this house, though?

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