the french château bathroom - MY FRENCH COUNTRY HOME

bathroom in a french chateau

A bathroom is a very revealing room, and not just because it’s  where you get undressed.

bathroom in a french chateau

Step into a bathroom and you immediately understand a lot about its occupant … male, female, big family, single girl …. a place for a quick shower or a haven to linger in; practical washing or luxurious soaking in a hot tub filled with sweet-smelling bubbles.

bathroom in a french chateau

I admit to being very curious about bathrooms, in particular in large old homes where the rooms are generous in size, and nobody ever worries about saving space.  I thought you may like to see bathrooms in some French châteaux today.

bathroom in a french chateau

  They are renovated, and thank goodness plumbing installed!  What would originally have been a bowl or a tub filled by a maid, is today replaced by spacious rooms , and very often with a claw foot tub in pride of place.  But, by today’s standard,  they are very rarely luxurious.

bathroom in a french chateau

Rather than wall to wall marble, the floor is often left in the original terracotta tiles, or even 19th C cement tiles or wooden parquet.

bathroom in a french chateau

There is never a slick, custom built vanity unit, but more often an old ‘meuble de toilette’ with a hand sink and marble plateau

 

bathroom in a french chateau

 What do you think about such big rooms? Would your overall impression be one of being cosseted and comforted, or do you think you’d feel  a tad lonely in such a big space?  If this was your château and bathroom, would you leave it as is, or start afresh and bring it up to date?

bathroom in a french chateau

I wonder if this is how you imagined the château bathroom, and whether it fits your ideal?

 

 pictures are from the châteaux as follows:  1 -Champ de Bataille;  3 – Château de la Verriere;   4 – château de Prye;  5 – La Ferté Saint Aubin;  6 – château de Juvigny; 7 – château de Vollore

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