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Manoir De Briquy
A Renaissance manor or little castle, in the manner of the Loire castles.
About this creation
This build was my first MOC this large before the MocOlympics. In fact, I had to finish it before the MO start because most of my tiles and white parts were in it! It was actually a good thing, seeing it had been a WIP during a whole year… with nearly nothing built between may and august. Because I improved (I think!) in the meanwhile, I’m not completely pleased with some details… But I’m still quite proud to have put this baby together!

I’ve wanted to build a white castle since I was a child, but always lacked the proper parts. Not anymore.

There’s a lot of pictures, but it’s better to skip a few ones than to be frustrated, no? ;)

Ok, let’s begin…


Arriving from the South, across the jardin à la française, the main entrance is accessed by a bridge near the gardener/janitor cabin.


The West façade reveals the two major inspirations for this build:
Chenonceau for the overall concept and organization; and Azay-le-Rideau for different details, like the the turrets or some façade composition.


Like Chenonceau, it has its own chapel, beside the North entrance and bridge.


The East façade, with a dovecote on top of the round-ish tower.


Looking down towards the North bridge…


…We can see the Baron de Briquy coming back from a ride, he’s welcome by the maid (I think she has a crush on him…)




While at the South gate…


…The Baronne greets her cousin, back from the New World…


…That would explain the strange shade of his skin! I would have liked to extend the formal French garden as there’s just the end of the main alley… but I wouldn’t have had enough green parts for what I had in mind anyway.


Heading for the hall…


… Where we find out that the “cousin” may be more than that… And yes, the build is fully dismantable with interiors! The hall is decorated with tapestry, arms rack…


…And an armour behind the stairs…


…On the way to the north wing’s corridor.


The red door on the hall’s ground floor leads to the kitchen with fireplace…


…Table, cupboards, etc…


The spiral staircase is the backstairs. It’s located in the round tower and leads down to the cellar and up to the dining room.


The north wing includes the chaplain’s bedroom with balcony, cabinet…


…And a four-poster bed. Next to it we have his small study…


…And the chapel door.


The chapel with altar and liturgical candle. The chaplain is right in the middle of a sermon…


…Probably about demons or something, seeing that peasant’s expression!


View trough the North gate all the way down to the hall.


Onto the first floor…


Above the kitchen is the dining room. The Baron is there, having a snack and warming up after his ride.


Both the kitchen’s and dining room’s fireplaces end up in the same chimney-pot, next to the round tower.


First floor, North wing’s corridor.


The guests’ suite, which also has its own balcony. This floor is not really playable because of the wooden framework… Next time it will detach with the ceiling!


Another study.


The spiral backstairs that goes from the cellar up to the dining room. The staircase on the right is the only one to lead to the second floor. It is accessed through the dining room, a flaw I haven’t been able to correct.


Second floor. The North wing’s attic houses the servant’s flat but I had no idea how to fit it out, so sadly it remained empty…


The master’s suite is located in the South wing. That bed turned out more 19th than 16th century, but whatever… ;)


The Baronne is hiding her “cousin’s” gift.


Aerial view…


…And without the furniture.

* * *

And as usual, a few more shots…


Aerial view.


River bank, chapel and North entrance.


Garden, cabin and South entrance.


More of that cabin…




The Spartan interior, with a counter and a straw mattress.


Details of the roofs and chimney pots. Some giant pigeons too…


Balconies and mallard duck.


Does it bite?


Swan (I’m actually very pleased with this one!)


The cellar can be accessed by boat, but the room itself is inaccessible, so nothing to see in there!


Another vault. You can see the chapel’s foundation on the left of the blurry duck.


The traditional family photo!

* * *

Commentary : I’m never completely pleased with what I do… This Moc is no exception!
What I like the most:
- Roof details (seventh picture to the end)
- Colour blend due to my limited amount of parts – far from perfect, but seems ok to me.
- Furniture, tiled floors, interiors in general
- General composition. I think it looks like a real castle morphed into a toy, which was the purpose!
- North river bank (my first attempt at rockwork, if not the first posted)
- Swan and boat

Major flaws:
- Roofs uneasy to detach
- North wing’s first floor hardly playable
- North wing’s second floor empty
- Inaccessible cellar
- No wood stoves in the bedrooms (they’re the reason for that second chimney pot), neither in the master’s suite. I had to make choices…


Thanks for viewing! Please rate and comment…



Comments

 I made it 
  March 11, 2014
Quoting Builder Allan Wow, brilliant! Interesting technique on the wall. I love all the nice details in the interior and that window part of the roof. This build should have lots more likes :-)
Thanks Allan!
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  March 9, 2014
Wow, brilliant! Interesting technique on the wall. I love all the nice details in the interior and that window part of the roof. This build should have lots more likes :-)
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  February 16, 2014
Nicely done. Love it
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  February 9, 2014
BEAUTIFUL! you must be rich, to have SO much pieces!!!
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  October 1, 2013
Every detail is perfect, fantastic creation.
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  December 26, 2012
dea are a very excellent moc dea house are fantastich!!
 I made it 
  December 21, 2012
Quoting Marc dZ That is not just beautiful, that is breathtaking. All the outside work to look close to Chenonceau is stunning. Going through all your pics and discovering the inside settings... WOOOOOW!! How many parts did you used for this awesomeness?? That is a masterpiece, I hope you took it to some brick events over in France. Respect, Maitre LegoJedi, votre qualification pour la finale M.O. est en tout point cohérente.
Encore merci! I have no idea how many parts I used... A few thousands? :) Just to upset you: I went to Billund in 1988 or something like that (I was 12 or 13). It could be fun to scan the photographs and post them, I guess Legoland changed a lot since!
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
That is not just beautiful, that is breathtaking. All the outside work to look close to Chenonceau is stunning. Going through all your pics and discovering the inside settings... WOOOOOW!! How many parts did you used for this awesomeness?? That is a masterpiece, I hope you took it to some brick events over in France. Respect, Maitre LegoJedi, votre qualification pour la finale M.O. est en tout point cohérente.
 I like it 
  November 22, 2012
The pillars makes it looks a bit like the Chateau de Chenonceau, in France. Congratulations for the interior details.
 I made it 
  November 22, 2012
@Lego Obsessionist: That wall idea was the beginning, I thought of this technique when I was a TFOL (even if that acronym didn't exist in the 80's!) @Nick: Thanks for that beautiful comment! @David Roberts & Marcus Paul: It's cool you recognized the inspiration! @Bart: I completely forgot to say that the north facade and chapel were supposed to be more ancient, but you noticed it yourself ;) @Medieval Guy: I can't remember where I picked the hip idea... @Tris B: Indeed, but you can find resemblance between Brantome and Chenonceau. @Blast: Gotcha! @Henrik Hoexbroe: Thanks, I just discovered your fantastic creations! @JS Can: True. I have the same "cramped" feeling, but my collection was what it was at the time... My mistake has been to try to fit too much things in so little space. See it as a doll-castle! And what's that joke with Maryland? I like to understand jokes ;) @ Parrington: That sure is a compliment! @ Xenomurphy: you're right! Don't worry, I'm very far from being fully satisfied with my work! @Luke, LB Senior, Shifu, Elk Guard, Topsy, Mitchell and everyone who left a kind word: Thank you so much!
 I like it 
  November 22, 2012
This looks great! I didn't even notice this colour issue you mention until you pointed it out :) and that poor peasant being scared out of his wits lol. Excellent :)
 I like it 
  November 22, 2012
You have every right to be proud of this creation, it's beautiful. It's also good that you are never fully satisfied with your work, cause if you are, you stop becoming better.
 I like it 
  November 22, 2012
Great work! I love the wall design and bedroom
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  November 22, 2012
Impressive!
Tom Remy
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White Knight
  November 21, 2012
An exciting lego model ! Very lovely detailing indeed !>.....well done
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  November 21, 2012
Details, details, details... inside and out! Beautiful! :)
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  November 21, 2012
Oh just splendid. SO much detail inside, the double bed was great with red and white tiles etc. So much here, and the scale is LegoLand! Very hard to do well, but I think this is a classic :)
 I like it 
  November 21, 2012
Spectacular! The colour management comes off really natural, so well done there!
 I like it 
  November 21, 2012
Fantastic work! Love the architecture and interior, and those canals are superb. Definitely a MOC to look at again!
 I like it 
  November 21, 2012
Wow. This is fantastic. Great work on the playability here. I love all the nifty details, interior, and of course the swan! A job very well done! -LB Senior
  November 21, 2012
Fantastic job!
 I like it 
  November 21, 2012
The chaplain must be from Maryland. Tom, you've built a beautiful home, but when I first looked at it, I thought, "Is this minifig scale or slightly smaller?" As I got to more photos and the interiors, I saw it was mf scale, but it troubled me a little. The exterior looks like a grandiose estate, but inside it is a bit small and cramped. I wonder if a slight increase to the size would make it seem a bit more realistic.
 I like it 
  November 21, 2012
A wonderful creation, with no end to the details!
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  November 21, 2012
I instantly thought of Chenonceau when seeing the thumb. Amazing build with superb details. I like the name, too! ;-)
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  November 21, 2012
Wow! Nice work! It looks great from the outside and then you discover it has an interior too! Brilliant stuff. --Blast--
 I like it 
  November 21, 2012
Cool, great work
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  November 21, 2012
Wonderful interior, exterior reminds me a bit of Brantome.
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  November 21, 2012
Awesome job! The roof detailing and facades are great, and your interiors are fantastic. I especially liked the use of the minifig hips on the furniture.
 I like it 
  November 21, 2012
All sorts of interesting stuff here! I like the variation of colors and building styles, makes it more realistic. Crafty build!
 I like it 
  November 21, 2012
A skillful build which immediately put me in mind of a friend's holiday photos of Château de Chenonceau. I love that you've paid as much attention to the inside as the outside and that it's all accessible. In particular, I like the white staircase and the red & white bed. Nice swan too!
 I like it 
  November 21, 2012
A fairytale palace of awesomeness. Really beautiful - especially the south gate.
 I like it 
  November 21, 2012
Very cool! I love the interior. The exposed studs on the walls look great!
 I made it 
  November 21, 2012
There's so much castle groups on the pages!... Does someone know some that could be interested by this creation? Thanks in advance! @ White Knight: Thanks! And you know what you're talking about!
 
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