Boschaud, House near the lake, Chateau of Bourdeille, St. Jean du cole, Chateau Marthonie

 

Nightmare 25 ( locations: St. Jean du cole Chateau Marthonie and the Chateau of Bourdeille)

Birthright 26 Les Ages

Nemesis 28 (2 locations: Les Ages (gallery 6) and the Lake house, The lake house is on another link)

The taking of castle tanner 31 (2 location: L' Eveque, the wood houses, Chateau Faucher click here) 

Exit the dragon 36 (Les Ages (gallery 6) and Boschaud)

 

St. Crepin de Richemont surrounding

About the town

The four episodes above were made in a same town called "Les âgés" (the aged in English), in Dordogne, France. And the producers did a really good job to hide this to the viewers. If you watch the episodes separately, you'll find it hard to figure out. "Les âgés" town belongs to a township, a commune called "Saint-Crépin-de-Richemont", which is also a town (where the church used in "Exit the dragon" is). It is 2.4 km from Saint-Crépin-de-Richemont town by the road.

There's not much to say about this town, except that it's typical of the region. For example, there are houses with ballet stairs, like in the farm of "La Bertinie" in Bourdeilles (see at ep. 29 the pit and ep. 30 The rock). As you can see on the satellite view, the town is rather small, with a dozen of houses and barns. It hasn't changed a lot in 30 years though. So it's still easy to recognize the places used in the series. 

C. Petit found this village and while he found that we both discovered the missing locations of season 2. It was a lot of work, but also fun.

C. Petit made wonderful drawings of the villages to make it clearer.

The characteristics were compared. The ancient village was really worth searching for. This is a ancient pearl and was in at least 4 episodes!

       1 Birthright 26 (main part of this episode is filmed it this ancient town)

       2 Trolls 27 (in the village and the unknown cave, see the cave pictures below of this page)

       3 Nemesis 28 (this town again in the beginning when Yanek enters the village looking for Tell, the hunting shed near the lake, Boschaud where Tells meets Yanek)

       4 Exit the dragon 36 (Boschaud and this village)

      

 

Episode 26 Birthright

William rescues an abandoned baby and brings him back to his mother in town. But the angry villagers threaten to kill him, because they think the mother is a witch. William will eventually convince the villagers to accept the baby and his mother, and to take care of them.

Tell and Matthew were hunting. Matthews idea to camouflage themselves. They find a baby that is left in the forest by superstitious villagers. When Tell enters the village with those stripes and they see the baby return. They think the Devil's comes to get his child. The turmoil begins.... In the meantime Matthew was looking for milk, found a cow, but got arrested by the farmers. He got stuck on a farm

         

Number 1 of the map

    

Right below: the south of the village, this wall the windows are still the same. in Crossbow it looked old and It still does! And amazing the wooden shutters are still the same. They are still there.

      

Above and below. The wood is still the same after 30 years! And It's in not hidden for the rain and wind. It's like time stood still.

2017                                                                               1987

     

How recognizable!

    

Wooden shutters in same state as 30 years back. Amazing!

                 1986/87                                                                        2018

    

1987 All the picture you see below, It's in opposite of the ones above. It's 1 on the map.  It's the left window. 2017

    

 

1987                                                                         2017                                                                                   1987

        

Then walking to the square and house with the stairs (number 2 and 3 on the map)
On the picture below, we can see a house with ballet stairs (3) typical of the region. They are covered with a little roof, and have a ramp made of stones. Here is a comparison between the two episodes below, with "Birthright" on the left, and "Nemesis" on the right. We can see the same barn on both pictures :
 

1987 episode 26 Birthright                                                 1987 episode 28 Nemesis Intro

     

    

 

Walking to the square and house with the stairs We were looking for this village for a long time. We discovered the curved roof lines. See on the pictures below. Unusual for this area.

1987                                                                           2017

       

The long building (about 40 meters long) is also visible from this place. It has barns and some apartments on the second floor. It also seems to be slightly curved.

  

Interesting detail above: the house behind William has a curved roof, which is rather unusual in Dordogne. The barn also has a curved roof.

The Square

The square 2 op the map: Nemesis episode 28 arrival of Yanek and the episode Birthright 26. Next this square is part of of it 'Exit the dragon' (ep. 36) shot.

          

    

The Attached house with the balcony stairs 

The right picture is from Birthright and Tell stands on the ballet stairs and looks to the square. More about this on the bottom of this site.

    

Below: The house with the stairs in the back.

Exit the Dragon Is in opposite of this square, you see the ballet stairs below and above

1986/87                                                                                                           2017            

    

 Below: the stairs Tell sits on from the other side, the square below is on the left corner of the photos above Number 2

                                     Right picture is looking south west (between the left houses is the square: nr. 2 on the map). From the back of the photographer Tell enters the village with the baby and in Nemesis Yanek walks in on his horse and Matthew searches for his father in Birthright. ( photos Above)

    

The place the people discuss about the 'devil's' baby. It's in the shed with the huge door. Inside the building...It hasn't changed much!

1987                                                              2017                                                                             2017

         

And the below the place Matthew sees his father back. Here they stand in front of the shed

     2017                                                                           1987                                                                  1987

         

Below: The place that is hidden by straw roofs...The building almost collapse. once the rain comes in, the woodwork quickly deteriorates, the wall is almost bent through. I wish they had made a new roof on it sooner. During Crossbow this building must have been no eye catcher at all because It's always kept hidden, but I'm sure It was in a better state than nowadays. the rest of the buildings in this village are in still the same state. Some even better than 1986. They are restored, you can see It's done with much care to keep the ancient atmosphere.

         

Opposite of above

    

Left: passed through, place 4.

1987                                                        2017

    

The opposite side, the house with the stairs is tidy and in good state. The  wall with the diamond window. I always thought it was a door but It's a diamond shape in the wall. I think the place was in bad state either during crossbow because it was covered by strew roofs (middle photo above). But i can't believe It was so bad that somebody was risking his life getting in there for a shot. When the roof is leaking, the wood gets worse and support beams getting too bad. It's a waste. I hope one day someone will restore this building. Look at the characteristic shape of the window in front of the baby.

    

Behind Tell the blocks of the window frame.

This is the side of that damaged place...this is the side of the damaged building. Tell is walking to the square to the mother of the baby. Below right: the front is almost collapsing.

No brick in the wall during Crossbow. The roof of the building behind Tell is in a very bad state so the wood construction is damaged and almost collapse. Left of Tell you see the stones of the corner of this building and no brick yet. I hope this building can be saved. It's the building that stands with the damaged front to the square (map 2) and has the diamond window shot...you read more about it some rows further.

    

  

       

Place 2 - The main square

There are many fake sets here: a fake wooden wall and fake fountain in episode 26 "Birthright", replaced by a fake well in episode 28 "Nemesis", where the mercenary stops with his horse.

Number 2 on the map, the square Richt picture: Yanek mounted off (in Nemesis) middle same spot Birthright.

The well is fake and changed in both scenes. nowadays at almost the same place is a well again. The huge wooden door is changed in a different new one.

To compare:

           2017                                                                      Birthright 26  1987                                   Nemesis 28, Yanek mounted off

         

The square (2), same place. Roof is renovated and the door too! It looks very good!

The building on the left is an open barn (left above and left under) that can be seen in the episode 26 "Birthright" and a little bit in the episode 36 "Exit the dragon".

                                                                                                       Birthright 26                                                               Exit the Dragon 36        

         

 

                                                              1987  Birthright                                         2017 The building on the right is out of sight, see another photo of it, 1 row below.            

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In front of the damaged building, kept out of sight.

        

An extra photo of the square. In Crossbow the open space is filled up

    

 

3 - The mother's house

I call it the mother's house, because it's where the mother of the abandoned baby lives in the episode 26 "Birthright". But it's also where the lady was imprisoned by the black knights in episode 36 "Exit the dragon". It has external staircases.

In opposite of the square is the building with the diamond window. To the right of this window the front of the building is in very bad state.

         

   

                                             1987                                                   2017  Birthright                              From the ruite window 1987 episode Nemesis with Yanek

         

                                      

1987                                                                                                                2017

Tell got followed by the villagers (the brick in the upper doorpost is restored).

    

 

The villagers getting dangerous

          

  

         

        Matthew and the farmers has arrived

    

     

         2017                                                                           1987                                                                  1987

           

 

Episode 28 Nemesis starts in Les Ages and later in the 'lakehouse'

       

This house is in one episode: 28 Nemesis.

1986                                     The front of the house                                            2017

    

    The water side (in this bend next to the house) is full with bamboo, reed and bushes. It's a pity this makes the lake almost invisible when you are standing in front of the house. (photo below)

                              1987 folder shot                                           This house lies in such a peaceful area, May 2017, the left die a bit overgrown

    

                    Looking to the east side.                                                                                                              Below: Taken from the other side of the pond

       

'The goodbye scene' is also in front of this house.

   

     Stefan returns only one more time in episode 42 'The Promised Land' and this is Matthew's last episode. He is going to marry Rosa.

       

 

It hasn't changed much, only a new roof a bit and that suits the house well.

There was probably a nameplate at the time ... maybe the same as now. During Crossbow covered with some hay. (If you take a very close look above the concrete door frame, you can see the nameplate).

The small rack, for the climbing plants, was already there on the same spot.

Great place!

    

         As if the house just comes out of the series! A flash back. It's a hidden on a nice and peaceful place in the forest. It's a hunting shed nowadays and It's new roof is beautiful..

below the roof was bended through but the restored It very well with nice old tiles. It's almost looks like Crossbow is recorded here yesterday.

Crossbow promotional folder shot 1987                                                                  2017                                             

    

It's like nothing has changed at all

 

The eastern field

The group of trees behind Tell didn't change much over so many years.

 

The group of trees behind Tell didn't change much over so many years.

2017                                                                                          The field around  1987         

   

                                                        1987                                  

       

The chat between Matthew and Tell

Matthew recovers well. He was shot one episode before by the Trolls. The Crossbow trap was put there for enemies but accidentally hit Matthew.

     

On the map: The location of the following scene: The chat between Matthew and Tell while Rosa is passing them. (the middle and right photo you see above).

    

Sadie Frost as 'Rosa,' the girl Matthew fell in love with.

    1987  Tell is sharpening the knives before he meets his enemy.      The door left is where Tell is sharpening the knives and the last door he asks Rosa. Photo: 2017   

   

   

 

At the lake, behind the house

1986       The lake....behind Tell you can see a part of the house.      2017    

     

 

  The house is surrounded by forest. Stefan tells William about the man he met this morning. Every day that Tell doesn't show up he will kill somebody. Tell is worried and asks Stefan to look after Matthew if he doesn't return.

   

1987        One of these three trees spared? Most of the big ones are just cut          2017           

   

 2017  The trees...  you probably see them on the piles ;)

   

 

Some of the trees are still there but most of them are just cut...like you can see below...  The 3 trees with a rope in between, where Tell is practicing his sword fighting for the suddenly returned Yanek, are cut.

The place of the swordfight and the chat between Tell and Stefan. A lot of trees have been cut down.

To the monastery

 Matthew notices his father's worries and hears about his plans. Tell needs to meet Yanek in the old monastery. He decides to meet up with Yanek and tells Rosa about it. In the early morning Tell realizes Matthew is gone and Rosa may not tell him about it. Then Tell realizes he has no minute to loose...and goes after Matthew. Matthew wants to be ahead of his father. He wants to face Yanek and tell him to leave his father alone.  

       

Matthew on his way to the old monastery to protect his father against Yanek.

He gallops along beautiful overhanging cliffs (right photo). I've seen this rocks in front of Bourdeilles and above Paussac et Vivien

       

You see a shot of the left picture, Chateau Bruzac 1986, but in fact it's shot in Boschaud (right picture 2017)

   

 Via chateau Bruzac to Boschaud.

                                                                                  The bridge? Could be Faucher bridge or a nearby one.

  

 

Chateau Bruzac

The chateau in the distance.

    1987 The Crossbow shot is a little bit more taken from the left down the river.                          2015                     

      

Bruzac

This ruin is only filmed from the distance as far as we know. No scenes inside. There isn't really an interior anymore. Only the towers and walls. The shots of this ruine are taken from a left and low angle. The first lord of Bruzac, Hélie Flamenc, appears in 1040 in a deed of donation to the abbey of Uzerche that he makes with his wife, Attiburge, sister of the bishop of Limoges. His son, Guy, is mentioned as a donor to the monastery of Vigeois in 1112 and 11434. By an act passed in 1243, Gui VI, viscount of Limoges, recognizes that he holds the bishop of Angouleme half of the castle and the honor of Bruzac. In the following century, in 1244, following an inheritance, the Flamenc brothers share the site. It is probably from this date that two castles will rub shoulders in Bruzac. In 1258, a dispute opposes the Viscounts of Limoges and those of Rochechouart for the suzerainty of the co-seignory6.

       

   

Matthew misjudges the strength of his enemy. Later Tell arrives and has big trouble to survive.

       

Click here for Boschaud, the ruine Tell meets Yanek in episode Nemesis

 

Trolls episode 27 on the map number 4,6 and 7

North west side of the village

A special ancient town with so many 'faces'/ sides. It is small but very special to be there. It's a peaceful village...looks like the old part is abandoned but when you stay a little longer you hear and see people are really living here. Below is still a farm shed but other houses are renovated well in ancient style. Beautiful! Unfortunately one building is in an extremely bad state, It's danger to get in. I think It was during Crossbow not well too. During the filming that part is neglected and if It was quickly filmed It was hidden by straw roofing. If It was not in good state the 30 years made it worse...if the roof leaks then the wood became affected more. In this case the building can almost collapse. While in front of the building were important shoots...the whole environment is there to see despite the opposite building.. only some strew. But there is a picture next to the building, there is a huge door. The building seems stable than but nowadays unstable. look at the pictures........... Remarkable is the small diamond shaped window. Long ago I thought It was a window of wood in a door. When I  walked through the village I recognized it coincidently. For me it was remarkable that somebody dares to enter this building, 30 years back, to look through the diamond shaped window and made a shot of it. Not something I had in mind for now...

Below: Main place of Trolls. Right below: the house Tell entered the village in 'Exit the dragon' and shot a soldier off the roof. Later he escaped this town from the same house as the 'Birthright' scene and galloped to this place on the photo northward. The path you see the photo is made from the Westside going northward and leaves the village. Turn around 180 grades and you walk to the birthright shot.. a little further the shot Yanek entered the village and stopped and mounted off at the square of the 'birthright episode' house. Even tell enters with the baby south of the village

Matthew is badly injured by a trap that the farmers have made to kill the "trolls". First the farmers refuse to help them because they have too much problems, like when the local  bailiff on decides to take all what they've got.

The trolls, who are in fact religious cave dwellers, will eventually save Matthew and help the farmers to get rid of the filthy bailiff.

7 - The farm in "The trolls"

Exit the Dragon                                                                      Trolls

    

              When placing this photo I found out that both trees are as old as Crossbow exists.  They doesn't look like trees of 30 years. I thought they were younger.  

                                                 Right picture is shot during Trolls in the early morning that why It's so dark                                             

    

The same angle. This spot hasn't changed! The right door is closed by a wooden door.. that's all. And the same trees grew... During Crossbow they were so small. (photo middle below. This shot was early that's why It's dark) Strange to walk into a place that hasn't changed in 30 years! As a kid I watched Trolls and It's great to visit this place. No trolls around but I had a eager to see how the rest of the villages was looking like.. I could hardly believe The village is almost the same. If I was walking into the Crossbow scene and walking back in time 500 years back.. I was wondering what else was there to see and It's worth visiting because time stands still, life seems to slow down here and I even doubt if there is internet nowadays...even in de modern houses...I think It's good there is not...

1987                                                                 1987                                                                                   2017

           

Nowadays anno 2017

         

1986/1987   Trolls                                                                 2017                                                                                 2017        

        

1986/87 Trolls                                                                                                 2017             

   

 

The bailiff takes all they had and there is another problem...the trolls. Under left Georgia Lyman and below perhaps Will's mother, not sure.

       

      

The Trolls and the people in the village realize they have only one enemy. They start to work together and they found a way to scare them off soon.

     

    

  North northwest side of the village, number 6 on the map

The electricity pole is new in front of the shed.

1987 riding out the village                                                                2017                                                                   Seen from the village           

      

   To photos compare different episodes:

Leaving the village in the end of Trolls and entering the village in Exit the dragon on the same spot

 

        

 

3 Nemesis

Episode 28 (S2 EP 4) Nemesis

Yanek, a dangerous mercenary, arrives in town to find and kill William. He thinks that William betrayed the mercenaries by leaving them some years before, just after they looted a monastery.
Mix of Boschaud and St. Crepin the Richemont environment Dordogne. Beware Yanek entered the village.

See the electricity pole and you can see the electricity cables.

    

I was wondering if this is the same woman and this interior place is not in the hunting shed near the lake but in les Ages.

        

 

Yanek rides to the square number 2

Almost the same place but different camerangle, both sides of the alley typical curved roofs. 

                                                                                      Birthright  and  Nemesis                                                                                         

        

South west side of the ancient part of the village

The square

West side of the village

There is built a fake wall between these buildings.

1987 the fake Crossbow well                                              2017                                                                                                        

           

It's most likely Yanek enters the wooden door behind the legs of the horse (left above)

The Window

    

The diamond window and unfortunatly the bad part of the town. Episode Nemesis, Yanek entered the square. This is opposite of the place Tell hold the baby (birthright),

      

Beginning and perhaps the interior of the house next to the lake

    

Perhaps this town could be the interior nemesis. because this is the woman who shut the windows when Yanek rides in in the village Les Ages. She is again in the house of the lake a few km- ers further, but this interior doesn't look like the lake house (for instance the shot that there must be a building in opposite of the lake house and that's not). The lake house interior shots must have been shot in the villages Les Ages too.

The house in les Ages Tell, the mother and the baby hide

         

the Shed in les Ages

         

This is the shed from the outside (below)

    

 

The Curved roofs

The beautiful ancient village with the curved roofs we were focused on. You don't see that often.

 

 

The farm

8 on the map - The farm where Matthew gets caught

Matthew tries to find some milk for the abandoned baby (episode 26 "Birthright"), but he is caught by the farmers who make him their slave. This farm was used only once in the four episodes at "Les âgés".
Matthew needed some milk for the baby he found in the forest and took away the milk from the farmers. While looking at the village I realized this could be the back of the farm of the west side. I'm almost convinced but couldn't check it because I found out later.  It's not a path you easily come.. there was route but It seemed to lead nowhere so i didn't walk the path. Seems a private backyard of a farm.

 

       

         

 

 

5 Exit the dragon

Episode 36 (S2 EP 12) Exit the dragon

The town is destroyed by something so powerful that people think it is a dragon. But William, who doesn't believe in dragons, will discover that they are attacked from Boschaud by Gessler and his new toy : a canon...

4 - The destroyed place



The destroyed place was not really destroyed, but it was where Gessler bombarded the town in the episode 36 "Exit the dragon". It is between the main place (2), the mother's house (3), the destroyed alley (5) and the farm of episode 27 "The trolls" (7).

5 - The destroyed alley

The destroyed alley was a little bit messy, with tons of debris on the ground. At least it was, for the need of the series of course. Nowadays, this part is rebuilt and not very recognizable.

 

Exit The Dragon

         

She saw the dragon and witness the destruction.. she has one mission for Stefan and Tell....Kill the dragon.

    2017                                                                                       1986

    

 Below to the right: is the wall below in the middle of the village. There is a lot of ancient stones that perhaps laid there already while shooting Crossbow and later built up again or got removed. Anyway...there is a concrete floor now and tiny little walls of stones when you enter de garden. Perhaps the stones that laying around in Crossbow. This place has changed a bit nowadays. The place I'm talking about is exact on the spot of the photos above where Stefan is taking care of the frightened child. That picture made me realize he stands on that place and later a row of pictures below this ones, This must be the in between spot.. but changed a little

    

1987                                                                                                   2016            

     

    

Black powder destruction. Never seen so much damages. Tells has seen this before when he received the gift from Lotus (episode Lotus 21). He didn't accept because of the destruction, his fear is that Gessler it now.

         

               2017                                            1987

bit. During the visit of the town I start to realize the beginning of Exit the dragon took place here. Some photos are convincible, but the alley with the yellow text on it (right under) changed a bit. Now there are some open gardens and little paths to different houses.  Right below: right pillar is the pillar you see from a different angle on the left under photo. Middle under: the pillar behind Tell is collapsed.

Below this is the place, there is not a concrete floor and a little square that gives entrance to some houses

     

 

The pillars (visible on the middle photo) are from the building of the right photo. There are two supporting pillars but they filled the part in between with stones too and it is overgrown now.

       

     

Right above: the alley with the wall

To compare

     

Left above: Trolls and right above: Exit the Dragon

The other location they filmed is chateau Boschaud (below, click here) and environment of St. Crepin the Richemont 

         

 

    

   

    

Below the door on the left, place 7. Lucio come to the village.       

The end of the episode

       

         

      

The church St. Crepin the Richemont in episode 36 'Exit the Dragon'

 The church 

The pillar and the window

In episode 36 'Exit the dragon' is also the 'castle without walls' like Gessler called it. The ruins of Boschaud! Click here

1987                                                      2017                                                           1987

         

 

         

        

         

             

The renovation of the church started, parts changed....the ceiling and the blue color is different and the spots of light are new.

Also near St. Crepin the Richemont,

Click here to the link of the house near the lake

 

The unknown locations nearby this location

If you like to help us try for instance Google maps or Google earth by finding the missing ones and tell us about!

Trolls cave

The cave of Trolls un known location. It looks like a cave north of Paussac et Vivien, but doesn't seemed to match perfectly but has characteristics. Maybe the 30 years things changed of disappeared

   

      

     

  

Below: I visited many caves in the area. I like to hike and looking for a special Crossbow connection points makes It more fun. All caves were beautiful and their environments too. Beautiful flowers. But one, whitin 2 miles north of Paussac et Vivien next to the road a little up there was one with the special black and

white triangles. But the entrance didn't correspond, the entrance left is another one than the cave right.. but this entrance looked pretty well.... It could be but It could be not.