The Chateau Vieux, where these pictures were taken, is on the right hand side. Strangely it looks newer than the Chateau Jeune but that's because a Renaissance-style colonnaded wing was added in the 18th / 19th centuries.
But you can see the buildings age in this kitchen!
I don't know what date this oven is - surely 150 years old.
They used to put hot embers from the fire in these metal-lined holes and then place the pans of food on top to keep warm.
The electric wiring looks as medieval as the stone chimney breast! I really liked the way that these old features have been left in the rooms, but then that might be because they haven't got round to restoring them yet as they need staggering amounts of money to do it. I do hope they retain these kind of features which show how the building really was used by different generations through its history.
I like the monumental simplicity of this fireplace. It must have been hard work cooking on an open fire which presumably they did til they upgraded to the cast iron stove!
This wonderful twisting stone staircase leads up to the 'modernized' part of the building.....
Just me, fantasizing about inviting my friends for a glass of cold white wine in my stone-gallery-with-a-view!
Two narrow round towers were added when the Chateau Vieux and Chateau Jeune were reunited in 1780 by the then Viscount
These rooms were 'modernised' and inhabited until the 1980s so although the building itself is older that Chateau Jeune (see the other post) it feels newer.
The faded colours, the peeling paintwork, the chipped wall paintings together lend the most beautiful patina of age and decay which is what makes Bruniquel so unique and exquisite.
It's hard to imagine what living at Bruniquel must have been like when the Vieux Chateau was begun between 7 and 8 centuries ago. The setting is remote even by today's standards and at that time of course there were no roads to access the site let alone cranes and earth movers to help construct the castle on its high, rocky outcrop. What a feat! And what a spectacular piece of architecture.
See Chateaux de Bruniquel Part One for images of the Chateau Jeune.