Månstorp was an old manor, Mogenstrup. Its first known owner belonged to the Danish family Hack. Later it was owned by the family Bille, notably Eske Bille who furnished Månstorp with all the luxury of the time. The main building was surrounded by a circular wall and moat. As part of the Scanian compensation estates for the island of Bornholm it passed from the Danish to the Swedish Crown. The castle was given to the Governor General of Scania, Lord High Admiral Gustav Otto Stenbock but later served as the colonel's residence.
During the war from 1675-1679 the castle was occupied by the Swedes and destroyed in 1678. The castle was never reconstructed following its destruction, tumbling down even more to become the ruin it is today.References:
Claude Monet lived for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926, in Giverny. With a passion for gardening as well as for colours, he conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. Walking through his house and gardens, visitors can still feel the atmosphere which reigned at the home of the Master of Impressionnism and marvel at the floral compositions and nymphéas, his greatest sources of inspiration.
In 1890 Monet had enough money to buy the house and land outright and set out to create the magnificent gardens he wanted to paint. Some of his most famous paintings were of his garden in Giverny, famous for its rectangular Clos normand, with archways of climbing plants entwined around colored shrubs, and the water garden, formed by a tributary to the Epte, with the Japanese bridge, the pond with the water lilies, the wisterias and the azaleas.
Today the Monet's Garden is open to the public.