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Inside historic Normandy Chateau: Count and Countess Lepic unveil stunning French home Chateau de Louye

Inside historic Normandy Chateau: Count and Countess Lepic unveil stunning French home Chateau de Louye

Jean-Ghislain and Eléonore, Count and Countess Lepic, couldn’t ask for a home with a more distinguished history. Set in the verdant landscape of Normandy, the spectacular Château de Louÿe dates back to 1180, when Richard the Lionheart built a fortress there to defend the lands he held in France. The Lepic dynasty also has an illustrious story. By the time Jean-Ghislain’s ancestor Charles Edouard de Viel-Castel acquired Louÿe in 1882, other relatives of his, the Dukes of Bassano, had been giving loyal service to France’s Napoleonic emperors for the best part of a century. © CESAR VILLORIA WORKING PROPOSITION But despite all that, Jean-Ghislain and Eléonore don’t consider themselves to be classic chateau owners. Rather, they are, she says: “A working couple renovating their family home. Big, yes; historic, yes; but a family home.” And, they add, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that they’d be living here at all. If the couple aren’t entirely conventional, their family isn’t either.  © CESAR VILLORIA The happy clan at Louÿe includes seven children: Achille and Theodore, Eléonore’s two …