As we crossed the bridge over the moat at the side gate there were some big fish swimming about below us. This one was very excitable and looked as if was trying to get out of the water.
It wasn't possible to walk around the lake as it was fenced off so we had to head back towards the house where I took this next shot using some of the trees around the lake to frame the shot.
It's quite odd how, what effectively is, the back of the house was much fancier the the front. I suspect people living here used to spend more of their time at this side of the house by the lake. There were probably some lovely formal gardens down each side of this path but now there is just grass. Directly behind me when I took this shot are the steps down to the lake that I mentioned earlier.
This shot shows the little bridge from the back doors which don't look as if they are used any more. There is a little door under the bridge which I think is where the kitchen is situated and someone had put bread on the step for the swans that were in the moat. The family that own the chateau still live here up on the top two floors in the roof space and the two wings at the front of the chateau.
We walked all the way around the house and this shot shows the bridge that we crossed to get into the courtyard and the bridge to the main gate. On the right of the picture is one of the private wings of the chateau where there is a little chapel for the household to use. In the centre of the image is one of the two separate buildings which flank the main gate. I'm not sure what these were used for but I suspect they could have been the servants quarters because the damp dark passage where we began the tour started in the cellar of this building.