The ruins of a 15th-century Manor
Bonvouloir tower is the last remaining vestige of the ancient Château de Bonvouloir in the commune of Juvigny sous Andaine. The ruins of the buildings of this unique and mysterious legendary site are a listed historic monument. Built in 1485 by Guyon Essirard, the Duc d’Alençon’s steward, Le Tour de Bonvouloir consists of two towers placed side-by-side.
A round tower topped by a pepperpot turret is joined to a very slim 26 metre tall tower. This tower has a bell-shaped roof that is supported by corbels. A stone staircase leads to the top of the lookout tower. This lookout has stunning 360° views over the Forêt des Andaines and the departments of Orne and Mayenne. On a good day you can see for around 18 miles.
Bonvouloir tower, which is nicknamed the “lighthouse of the Forêt d’Andaine”, was used “during the day to rally and during the night to light the way for soldiers who were lost in the area.” Around the building you can see a tower that is now a dovecot, an ancient chapel, a well and barns. Close by, there is a lake and an orchard making this unusual site a relaxing place to unwind.