Hiking in the hills and valleys surroundings of Terrasson (Dordogne, south-west France) we came across some interesting vernacular architecture. Small castles, pigeon towers, cabanes, field crosses, watermills, picturesque villages and hamlets.
You enter the Château de Losse across a bridge over the moat and on to a fortified gatehouse which is the largest of its kind in Europe, inscribed with the motto: 'L'homme fait ce que peut, La fortune ce que veut.' (Man is doing what he can, Fate is doing what it wants). This leads to the courtyard from where you get nice views of the Renaissance castle.
A large terrace at the back of the castle offers great views over the river. Surrounding the Château de Losse are gardens - awarded 'Jardin Remarquable' status in 2004. The gardens are laid out in a French formal style with walls of box hedges clipped into symmetrical shapes.
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