Chateau de Seguenville
As a guest that stays over at the Chateau de Seguenville, you’ll be able to see what it feels like to visit and sleep in a real castle! Stunning architecture and well-kept antiquities make this overnight stay feel like a warm and cozy home. Live the royal life you deserve!
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These timelines and dates were all vital parts of history that involved the construction, changes, and architecture of particular castle. Every castle around the world has a great influence on our art, history, technology, and culture.
In The Early Years
Around the 9th Century is when castles were first designed and created. They were constructed typically in a Bailey or Motte nature. One of the most popular castles to first appear was the Chepstow Castle in 1067 and the Warwick Castle in 1068.
From there on out is the development of the replacement of wood for stone. Stone was a far more sturdier substance and not as easy for enemies to burn. These new stone towers stood quite well intact until around 1188 where Saladin used siege machines to toss stone boulders at castles.
As time passed mechanical technology used to build castles and used within them increased at a rapid rate. Around 1277 is when King Edward built a series of famous castles known as “The Iron Ring”. The ring was composed of not just one castle, but many. Think of all of the resources and manpower it must have taken to construct such a feat in only 40 years time.
It wasn’t until around the 1330’s that artillery cannons were beginning to be used in battles. This, unfortunately, began to mark the end of the medieval castle era.
The Building Process
As mentioned previously it was in the 10th and 12th centuries where castles took on the Motte and Bailey form. It was believed that around 500 castles were built around this time and were typically made of wood surrounded by mounds of earth.
It wasn’t until the 11th century where stone was used as a replacement. This is also around the time where we begin to see rectangular keeps. This is the common image that we think of when we picture a castle.
When these magnificent buildings and structures were made hundreds of years ago the last thing that people may have expected them to be at the time was a bed and breakfast. They existed to treat wealthy families of nobility to a luxurious place where they could find comfort, safety, and security.
But what’s it like to stay over in one now? How does the experience change as a current day guest compared to someone who lived there at the time?
Climbing The Stairs
The first step, pardon of the pun, of getting through the castle to where you’ll be staying the night is going up the stairs. Imagine bringing your luggage up the stone area? Not to mention that bag in the day staircases were built with the focus on preserving space. Each step in a medieval staircase was created in a triangle shape. When walking, you had to be very cautious of which foot you were leading this.
Trying to bring your luggage up these steps without the handles, wheels, and easily accessible straps of our current day technology had to be a complete pain to handle.
Tiptoe Through The Window
Sunshine was a little hard to achieve in an old-timey castle especially since windows weren’t really a thing. In order to protect from enemies they really only had archer portals that allowed for a bowman to shoot arrows through. The archer portal looks like small slits towards the top of the towers so that enemies couldn’t hurt the guards who were shooting projectiles from above. However, this also means that most light from within is then artificial.
Expect to sleep if you don’t set any alarms. With the lack of light and the ways the walls were built, it makes a very peaceful setting. It’s also easy to forget what time of day it was. But, speaking of walls…
Enjoy Soundproof Walls
Is it easy to hear your neighbors through you thin wooden walls? In castles, this wasn’t the case. It makes you wonder how secrets got around in Game of Thrones. Some of the walls within certain castle could be up to three meters thick. It’s also why castle structures remain after centuries of weather, wars, and a variety of other elements. Luckily, this also means that staying in a castle overnight is a guarantee for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Watch Out For Narrow Doorways
Much like the construction of stairs, doorways were made with two features in mind: saving space and being sturdy. With the possibility of enemy attack sometimes around every corner, you want to make sure that doorways were as solid as possible to avoid collapses in the architecture.
Interested In A Current Stay?
These are just a handful of features of what it was like to live in a castle back in the day. For a true experience, we advise that you try it out yourself! Check out the packages we have to offer and make a booking today!