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“Worth coming across the world to see”

La Maison Picassiette
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Chartres Old Town and Cathedral Tour from Paris
Ranked #4 of 38 things to do in Chartres
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18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Worth coming across the world to see”
Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

This was what brought me to France. It was all that I expected although I was disappointed that photos weren't allowed- although I do understand why. I found the house inspiring for my own mosaic work. Also Chartres itself is a lovely town, we liked the old buildings, the cathedral (which hubby thought was better than Notre Dame Paris) and the clean streets. This is a town best seen by just walking where your whim takes you. Also the train trip from Paris was great as well.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank KiwiDennisnRose
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Durham, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“worth the walk”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

the house of broken plates , the whole house and garden are covered in mosaics , plant pots the house etc all made from old broken plates . be aware it closes for a couple of hours in the afternoon. sign posting is a bit hit and miss, It is up behind the cemetary. well worth a look if you have the time admission charges (aprox 6 euros)

Visited September 2012
4 Thank janicedale
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Hornchurch Essex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Very interesting house and garden”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

This house and garden is made up of mosiacs of broken crockery and glass pieces and worth a visit. It's not large and you only need an hour at the most. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take photos which I was rather disappointed about but you can buy a book or postcards at the reception desk.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank TrudiHornchurchEssex
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Lublin, Poland
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Really insipirational house. The mosaic and paintings on the house and garden took one man 30 years to make, the result is extraordinary.You may say that it is "primitive" art, but as as a person who has a lot to do with art I can say I have never seen anything like it, it's strange and beautiful. I was amazed by the author's need and comitment to decorate his environment.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank Hanka_B
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Weird, not quite wonderful”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

This was in our guide book that covers all of France, so I was expecting it to be a pretty special landmark to have got in. The first thing is, it's in the middle of a council estate and you basically go up an alley between two houses, to look round the back garden of one of them. The mosaics are definitely impressive and beautiful, but it was quite expensive for what you get, and he's clearly hoping to make money from the guidebooks, which were 8 euros each! It kept us occupied for about 20 minutes, maybe half an hour. It was a struggle to get the buggy round, and there are signs saying no photos - although I did cheat and take a couple. It's ok if you're passing anyway, but don't make a special journey

Visited August 2012
4 Thank flowersgirlCheshire
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