The Chateau de Singes (Castle of Monkeys) is also known as the Chateau la Folie (Chateau of Folly) but is really the Château à Cahaignes (Castle Cahaignes). It is located off Rue de Chateau (Castle Street) in Cahaignes, Eure, Upper Normandy, France.
The history of the decaying Château à Cahaignes is scarce. The architecture of the building is breathtaking and it was built in the 17th century. The exterior is done in fine ashlar using stone and limestone and is designed in a plane symmetrical style. The interior was spared no expense with fine detail and is one of the most wondrous looking homes to date. The last true owner remained in the home until 1976, which is the last time the home was surveyed. It was probably found to have some problems that needed fixing but the owner could not afford them. It is alleged that the owner only live in a single room for the last few years they were there. Currently, it seems as if a squatter or 2 or maybe even the owner takes up residence in the attic according to many online forums on the chateau.
Unfortunately this home does not seem to be protected by any Historical Monument Acts and is not a listed structure when it really should be.
If you know any reason as to why this home is forsaken or why no one has started with any sort of renovations or anything before it is too late, please leave a comment.
Where is the Chateau de Singes located? You can find it with these coordinates. 49.210238,1.597834.
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