Chateau de Bizy
Chateau de Bizy
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Sarah T
Manchester, UK19 contributions
Apr 2022
Worth a visit if you are in Vernon. It was about a 30 minute walk from the town up hill but going back the walk was a lot nicer. There is plenty of parking if you are driving though. Definitely research beforehand of the times of the tours as you are only allowed in on a guided tour. The guided tour was in French and our French is quite bad so we did get a laminated guide in English and the tour guide made us feel welcome and was always making sure he asked if we had any questions.

He did advise us of what room we were in at the time but what I would say they have clearly changed the order of the way they do the tour so it would make it a lot easier if they reprinted the guide in order. You do have to make sure you give the guide back at the end.

A lot of the building has been restored but in keeping with the original chateau. The gardens aren't as spectular as they look in the photos but they are still worth a look and I would definitely recommend the chateau.
Written May 7, 2022
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Upperny
Albany, NY181 contributions
Jun 2021
Loved the house and grounds. Unbelievably excellent tour guide. I would have enjoyed it more if the obnoxious family with two toddlers didn't take the entire time to speak to their uninterested and oblivious children, take phone calls and make it very difficult for these modestly French speaking Americans to hear our guide at a mile a minute. Our true criticism of the guide is that she didn't stop the family's behavior or ask them to leave the tour.

Interesting 17th century home of local rich people one of whose daughters married Napoleon's brother. Wonderful grounds, fountains and manor house. All in the a walled property in the middle of a French city.

Written June 26, 2021
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Kathy V
40 contributions
Sep 2022
Wonderful old Chateau built in 1675. Large complex with beautiful grounds. A visit to some of the rooms showed how beautiful everything was decorated. The stables were awesome and the grounds very nice. It's a shame the pool area wasn't filled and working as it would have added so much. The water area for the horses was very different with a slanted walk into it for them to cool off. A very nice experience.
Written November 9, 2022
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BertyBrit
England118 contributions
The Chateau is billed as "Chateau de Bizy et ses fontaines", which is a bit of a misnomer.

As a building it is grand - a large empire style mid section, flanked by stables in semi-circle which is pierced in the centre by a gateway. Through this gateway one can see the stepped bed of the remains of a cascade. The fountains were based on those at Versailles and were designed to flow from the top of the hill, into the courtyard and then under the chateau and into the gardens at the back, but ... they were destroyed by the Germans in WWII and although some restoration work has been put in hand, there is still a mountain to do - hence the misnomer.

Entry price is comparable with other chateaux in the region, but given what there is to see here, is a disappointment. The majority of the chateau is still occupied, which means there are very real restrictions on what can be seen. Self-guided tours are out and visitors have to be escorted on what is a rather miserable experience.

In short, once payment has been made, visitors gather in a large hall at one side of the building and when the guide is ready, are shepherded into the courtyard, in front of the chateau which also contains the remains of a large fountain. You are given the history of the building and a lot is made of the link with one owner, Duke of Albefera, who was one of Napoleon’s marshals. Once completed, you are let into a large panelled reception room with some nice furniture. Following this you are led into a smaller room with water damage – looks as if it is used as an office, when there are no visitors. From here onto the back terrace to admire the gardens, re-designed in English style, but are out of bounds, as they are used by the current occupiers of the house … which is a pity, as they would make one of the attractions to the place. From the terrace back into what feels like a vestibule beneath some stairs and looking at the decoration, was probably once a music room. In here are some dusty mementos of links with Napoleon and a couple of uniforms. From here there is a smaller room, with a table laid for dinner (and roped off) and rather small set of things for sale, and that is virtually it, as far as the tour is concerned – in total 4 rooms.

Visitors can walk up the hill at the back and look at the remains of the cascade (a short walk) and can also look into one of the stables and view a dusty collection of 5 carriages.

The quality of guide did not enhance the visit. She read from a folder she carried. There were no additional anecdotes and I guess, if asked something about the contents of any of the rooms, would find it hard to answer, as the details would not be on her crib sheet. Incidentally, we noticed non-French speaking visitors with identical folders, which were printed in English. So much for the need of a guide!

However, in sum total, our feeling is that with some proper thought the owners of this chateau could make a visit both interesting and rewarding. As it currently stands, we would recommend missing this one on the itinerary.
Written April 19, 2007
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Bernt S
1 contribution
Oct 2014 • Couples
Hello !
my wife and I visited this chateau on Thursday 30th October 2014, we were the first guests to arrive at 10 a.m. A woman, about 40- 50 years old with blond hair and her college from Africa or the Carribean met us in the reception. We said "bonjour" in a nice way and had no response from the 50 years old guide. She said "What do you want ?"...... in an arrogant and rather hostile way. We said nice and calmly that we wanted to see the chateau. The Carribean woman asked if we needed a guide. My wife said cheerfully "No, we can look for ourselves". The blond replied dead serious and arrogant "Well. then you will not see the chateau, you can go and see the garden". I got a bit annoyed and put the money on the table for guide and chateau saying back: "Well where is the guide ?" The Carribean woman saved the situation by cheerfully saying "Here, I will be your guide !"
None of them had any name signs on them, the last mentioned gave us a great guiding tour through the chateau, fantastic lady. Humor, intelligent, charm and gentle. The blonde was the extreme opposite.
We have not met such a hostile and arrogant tourist guide for years travelling through Europe. She was hostile, arrogant and without manners.
I hope supervisor of staff read this feedback. Guides like the blonde woman should never be allowed to work in the tourist industry in France or any other country.
Visitors to chateau Bizy, beware the "dragon" of Bizy and it is no joke !
Mr. Bernt Smedvig and Ms Åshild Smedvig, Kleppe, NORWAY
Written November 3, 2014
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CAPainter
San Diego, CA171 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
We totally enjoyed our visit to this chateau in Vernon. You enter a driveway off a main street and into another world. We paid for the tour of the grounds and the home and our tour guide was terrific. She spoke both English and French and explained all about the history of the home and its current day status and made it all very interesting. The home is furnished and its beautiful. Although you cannot sit on the furniture or smell the beautiful flower arrangements set around the home, you still get the feel of walking through a home that could be yours if you happened to be a duchess with a link to Napoleon in your heritage. I loved seeing the huge table set for dinner and the grounds of the chateau are amazing. You are free to walk around the grounds and take photos. I sat in front of a beautiful fountain in the main part of chateau and painted a watercolor of the chateau.
Written October 3, 2014
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Thank you very much CAPainter ! We are really pleased you enjoyed the tour, and would be glad to see your watercolor which must be wonderful.
Written October 27, 2014
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Gertie68
Whitehorse, Canada283 contributions
May 2012 • Solo
There is an interesting fountain which was like a spa for horses. The fountains were linked and fed from rivers on the property until the Nazis drove their tanks over the pipes. There is a lot of renovation happening. It's a glimpse into the history of France and how some people used to live. The grounds are quite extensive. You are allowed to wander through two of the garden areas and see the former stables which contain some interesting carriages.
Written August 24, 2012
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snakefire
Brussels, Belgium62 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
+A must visit and be sure to bring a pic-nic, the gardens are gigantic and offer several ideal spots for a pic-nic. Very peacefull and not a lot of people around.
+Lovely guided tour in the chateau itself.

-most of the fountains are no longer working
-you can order tea or coffee but no food which is a shame in such beautiful surroundings...they should at least consider selling pic-nic baskets in the gift shop
Written August 10, 2015
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Rolfoto
Northern California3 contributions
The stables (écuries) at Bizy are some of France's finest.
Just in front of the stables, across from the château one finds a
horse shoe-shaped abreuvoir or waterering trough through which
grooms walked the carriage horses to cool off their legs after
heavy work. The cascade behind the stables is visible through
an archway; an axis is formed from the center of the château through the
abreuvoir through the archway then to the cascade.
Written March 12, 2010
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chrissylux
Reckange/Meersch51 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
This is a very nice Chateau. I think they are in the process of improving so don't go expecting Chatsworth House. The gardens were nice to work around.There is a very small tea room. We toured the house, four rooms and saw the most fantastic staircase. The guide struggled having to cope with three languages groups and I think because of this we missed some information.
Written May 7, 2018
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