Bungling builders bulldoze entire historic French chateau by mistake

2012-12-07 01:47:19 GMT2012-12-07 09:47:19(Beijing Time)  SINA.com
The Chateau de Bellevue was considered a local treasure boasting a grand hall that could host some 200 people, as well as a sweeping stone staircase.(Photo/Agencies)The Chateau de Bellevue was considered a local treasure boasting a grand hall that could host some 200 people, as well as a sweeping stone staircase.(Photo/Agencies)
Workers who were hired to renovate the grand 140,000-square-foot manor and raze a small building on the same estate in southwest France mixed them up.(Photo/Agencies)Workers who were hired to renovate the grand 140,000-square-foot manor and raze a small building on the same estate in southwest France mixed them up.(Photo/Agencies)
We're in shock': The outhouse that the builders were supposed to destroy is now the only part of the once lavish property still standing. (Photo/Agencies)We're in shock': The outhouse that the builders were supposed to destroy is now the only part of the once lavish property still standing. (Photo/Agencies)
The Polish builders misunderstood the instructions to clean up the building and restore it to its former glory.(Photo/Agencies)The Polish builders misunderstood the instructions to clean up the building and restore it to its former glory.(Photo/Agencies)
The castle's Russian millionaire owner Dmitry Stroskin has vowed to rebuild it stone by stone into an exact replica.(Photo/Agencies)eThe castle's Russian millionaire owner Dmitry Stroskin has vowed to rebuild it stone by stone into an exact replica.(Photo/Agencies)e

Blundering builders mistakenly bulldozed an 18th-century chateau in the heart of France's picturesque wine country - when they were only supposed to knock down an outhouse on its estate.

Chateau de Bellevue, 12km to the east of Bordeaux, once boasted 140,000-square-feet of grand reception rooms, ornate fireplaces, winding marble staircases and imposing granite balconies.

Then its new owner, a Russian millionaire businessman, employed a team of Polish builders to renovate the manor to its former baroque glory, including the removal of one small building.

But the workers apparently misunderstood the instructions and pulled down the castle instead, leaving the outhouse completely untouched.

'The Chateau de Bellevue was Yvrac's pride and joy,' said former owner Juliette Marmie. 'The whole village is in shock. How can this construction firm make such a mistake?'

Local media reported that the construction company misunderstood the renovation plans of the current owner, Russian businessman Dmitry Stroskin, to clean up and renovate the manor.

(Agencies)

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