The History of Chateau Lumiere (France)

In 1814, Napoleon nationalised the cultivation and sale of tobacco in France and it was at this time the Burrus family, who were winemakers from Dambach-la-Ville, fled Alsace and settled just on the border at Boncourt. As a farmer, Martin Burrus (1775-1830) first sold rolls of tobacco made by hand and smuggled them across the border. He is expelled from Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines and his villa is transformed into a school of administration for disabled war officers He founded a tobacco business which would grow further under his son François-Joseph Burrus (1805-1879) who succeeded him in 1828 and went on to build …

The History of Château de Noisy (Château Miranda) (Belgium)

Château de Noisy is a beautiful castle in the open lands of Belgium. The former ‘holiday camp’ is in a heavy state of disrepair and despite several offers, the owners refuse to sell it. It has suffered heavily from vandalism and the details from the interior have been removed to be used in another castle. Château de Noisy is one of the most beautiful locations we have seen.

The History of Bessingham Manor (UK)

Bessingham Manor has an amazing history in this graded area, we will cover the stories later in this article. When repairs went wrong, the decline of this manor house started. Seeing the building now highlights the significance of the damage. Three stories of flooring has collapsed, internal structure has failed and the roof is partly complete. There are significant plans to demolish this structure and build a new manor house, using many of the existing materials and original features.