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Boucéel: a historical estate...

.. that had been awarded to the Pigace family by Richard III duke of Normandy. Four families have followed each other ever since within mine. The actual chateau is a registered historical building built in 1763. The 2nd was a large square templar commandery with four towers and the last step before Mont Saint Michel for the pilgrims in the midle Ages.

During the 100 years war...

.. 3 people of the Pigace family participated to defend Mont Saint Michel when England had made a siege to take it. On June 17th 1434, on the last assault, english soldiers are pushed away and are forced to abandon two big canons, called Michelettes or Miquelettes. They had been put at the entrance of Mont Saint Michel as trophies and they are still there.

During the french revolution...

.. Blue soldiers (revolutionnnary) came here and burnt everything from inside except a portrait of the Marquise (it is still at the same place). Marquis the Montecot (Pigace's descendant) who had emigrated, came back rapidly and hid inside the chateau for many years. His wife had asked for divorce in 1792 as a clever strategy in order to become the only owner of the Chateau and therefore avoid confiscation.

At the time of the Wordl War II...

.. the chateau was occupied by wermacht officers during summer 1940. They stayed 3 months only because we did not have the electricity until 1947. In the meantime my father had been made prisoner. He came back and very subtely slipped into the Resistance. He was arrested by the gestapo in the chateau the 10th of july 1944 and brought in deportation towards the concentration camp of Buchenwald where he never reached because railroad was bombed by english planes just before the german border.

Since 1999...

.. Nicole and I have opened the chateau to guests. With the new generations of the family we are happy to welcome you in one of our 5 rooms named from the people who have stayed in them.