Château de Saint-Germain-de-Livet

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Château de Saint-Germain-de-Livet

Château de Saint-Germain-de-Livet
4.5
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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kirkgirl
Ireland379 contributions
Worth finding
Sep 2020
A beautiful chateau, tucked away from the main roads. It was very quiet due to Covid 19 but it was nice to see it without alot of other people around. The accompanying information leaflet gave us plenty of background on the history and room by room inside. If nothing else the gardens are gorgeous to walk around on a sunny day - there are also a couple of beautiful peacocks and lovely to see all the ducks and swans in and around the moat. A very nice place to visit.
Written September 21, 2020
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Andrew C
8 contributions
A beautiful and interesting building in a quiet location. Worthwhile visit.
Aug 2019 • Family
The interior is shown through a guided tour. In English or French at least. Just our group of four on this informal and informative tour.

We think a visit to these gardens, the chateau and the tour should be high on your Pays d'Auge to do list. And visit the (not expensive) tea room and creperie next door for a new view of the chateau with one too many galettes..

And we had a couple of sightings of the famous tame beaver....
Written August 2, 2019
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lyndajanethomas
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom14 contributions
Pretty chateau with an interesting history
May 2019 • Couples
Contrary to an earlier reviewer, we had an individual tour by a young female guide who did her very best to provide us with an interesting and informative tour all in very good English. We really appreciated the effort she made to inform us and enjoyed the tour very much and the walk around the gardens. It was fun to see the tame beaver in the moat and the peacocks in the gardens.
Written May 25, 2019
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JohnCracknell
Hayling Island, UK1,032 contributions
a beautiful chateau
Aug 2018 • Friends
Situated on L'Eglise, the D268 this chateau is really worth a visit. it was a very interesting tour but perhaps not so for young children.
Written March 15, 2019
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Tony N
Bray74 contributions
Great visit to interesting and beautiful site
Aug 2018 • Couples
Intersting 15th and 16th Century architecture, up dated at various times, fortified home with moat, clearly designed for non aristicratic family to show off their wealth. Chequer patterned exterior walls with glazed bricks invred and green a sure sign of swank!. Guide Guillaume very well informed and capable, excellent English too. Interesting preserved furniture and crockery from all periods, and a lot of musical and artistic connetions, signed copies of music by Gounod and Bizet, and Eugene de la Croix was a personal friend of this family of skilled pastel painters. Sad that some female heirs at one poit knocked down half of it, but on the plus side remainjbf rooms do have light and views, and looking across the miat from the adjacent field one can see more of its design. We saw two floors in full and looked down on a lower one. Curiously the function of some rooms remains a mystery. Wonderfully lurid bed donated by De la Croix. Tour took just over an hour. Peacocks out side and very aggressive male swan with intentions towards a lovely pen, with slightly grubby feathers from digging deep in the mid of the moat, which was actually a bit in need og a clean (the only defect). Excellent car park with some shade and four picnic tables on grass. Local church made by same 16th Century design team on a break from the chateau, he said!. Really good jf you like history.
Written August 28, 2018
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Rodolphe F
London, UK9 contributions
Beautiful
Apr 2018 • Friends
One of the most beautiful Castle I've been visiting in France, rich in history, it did help that the guide, Guillaume (It's French for William ... like William the Conqueror, how apt for a guide in Normandy), was very interesting, extremely good looking and über friendly, I recommend it ... and him!
Written April 24, 2018
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Jason I
19 contributions
Lost in translation
Aug 2017 • Couples
Half an hour from Villerville we felt this would be a good morning's sightseeing. We arrived at 1045 to find it does not open until 1100 (websites suggest 1000). We paid for our entry and we were told the guide could provide an English translation for us.

We were in a party of eight and were the only English folk. It became clear quite quickly the unfortunately we were not being given as much information in English as the other members of our group were in French. Whilst we enjoyed the tour we did feel we did not obtain as much information as we might have done.

The chateau itself us well preserved and the surroundings very quaint. Merely more work required to make all nationalities feel as welcome as those from the host country.
Written August 8, 2017
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swift-simba
Camberley, UK6,303 contributions
Free on the first Sunday of each month
Sep 2016 • Couples
We were lucky to be in the area on the first Sunday of the month so were able to visit for free. There is a car park very near that also has picnic benches in it and that is free.
It is a very attractive building set in a pretty garden with a couple of peacocks walking around.
The tour inside is a guided one. Our guide spoke a liittle English so was able to tell us a little. He did give us an information Sheet in English so we were able to discover more about the place.

The front and entrance is very interesting with a lot to see and is set in a moat. once through the gate there is a timber framed manor that dates back to the 15th century. It is in the typical style of the area.

The tour started in the salle des offices and have the most amazing frescoes that date from the 16th century. They are quite detailed and have good colour too see photos.

The rooms are full of wonderful furniture and other items that really reflect the refined life of the 19th century. There are some interesting detailed tiles on the floors and some wallpaper that is very original and certainly adds to the splendour of the place. The furniture and works of art belong to the Riesener-Pilaut family.

There is a lot to see and there are several rooms to see as well as the stairs that have a very interesting painted wooden ceiling.

The tour finishes with the paintings set out in a corridor style gallery . They are well worth studying and enjoyable to look at.

After the guide tour we were free to wander around the garden and to the field behind that also has picnic benches to use and a small river flowing through.

We would certainly recommend going there as it is a very attractive place with interesting architecture and a lot to see inside.

Check opening times with tourist offices and leaflets
Written September 20, 2016
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YvySurrey_UK
Banstead, UK259 contributions
Lovely Chateau
Aug 2016 • Couples
Lovely small garden and mote. Entrance fee and tour. Tour in English about 3/4 hour. Amazing residence inside and out. Parking outside and cafe next door.
Written August 15, 2016
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Bogdan S
Bucharest, Romania100 contributions
Superb
Jun 2016 • Couples
A wonderful place where you feel happy. Thanks to an excellent guide that makes you fall in love with the family who lived here. Walking through the garden among swans and peacocks it's something not to be missed
Written June 17, 2016
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Château de Saint-Germain-de-Livet is open:
  • Wed - Mon 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Wed - Mon 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM