Hugh Schofield at the Honky chateau
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Return of the Honky Chateau

They called it the Honky Chateau - or at least Elton John did, after he recorded his album of that name there.

Forty years ago the Chateau d'Herouville in France was one of the most famous recording studios in the world. It was set up by a man called Michel Magne, and in the late 60s and 70s it hosted a succession of great rock acts, including - Elton John, Pink Floyd, T Rex, and Cat Stevens.

The studios and the chateau fell into ruin, but now they've been bought by a group of four French enthusiasts, and the place is to reopen.

Hugh Schofield went for an exclusive look, culminating in a remarkable discovery.

  • 27 Dec 2015