The kitchen and food preparation areas, as well as the servants' dining room are located in the cellars of the older building whose foundations, like that of the later gallery extension, are built in the river. The food preparation areas are on one side and the main kitchen with cooking ranges is in the other. There's a set of stairs which links the two areas -- rather like an internal version of a canal bridge; you walk up the inside of an arch span and then descend to the other side. Through the windows you can look out at the river Cher flowing underneath you.
In the photo above - taken on Christmas Day - you can see the central rounded arch underneath the older, square section of the chateau. The main kitchen area is on the left and the servants' dining hall and food preparation rooms are on the right.
|The 19th century kitchen, full of gleaming copper utensils|
|First mystery object|
|Second mystery object|
So, despite some extensive speculation and discussion amongst the four of us, none of us have any real idea what these items are for. Do you?