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“Fascinating - a most unusual castle”

Chateau of Carrouges
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Carrouges
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Owner description: The Château de Carrouges remained in the ownership of a single family from its construction until 1936. Steeped in history, it features a superb collection of furniture from the Renaissance to the early 19th century and has retained all the charms of a family residence with portraits of the successive generations of the Le Veneur family. Carrouges is remarkable for its long, pale brick walls, steep slate roofs and granite window and door frames. It stands in 10 hectares of carefully tended grounds with gardens, flowering borders and impeccable terraces. Open:> 1st April to 15th June and 1st to 30th September: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.> 16th June to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.> 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 1 hr before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
Reviewed December 5, 2011

We had never heard of this castle, but it was highly recommended to us by the couple we were staying with and so we decided to try it even though it was about 30-40 minutes drive from where we were staying. It was well worth the trip.

The chateau at Carrouges was not like the medieval chateau-forts and residential "Loire style" palaces because it has almost all its original buildings from early medieval times, when it was a fortified keep, up to recent times when it became purely a place of residence. The chateau is surrounded by a moat and has a lovely gatehoiuse in brick - we were surprised to find that all the exterior walls of the chateau are also faced in in brick, laid in geometric patterns.

The history of the chateau was clearly explained by the guide (NB her English was not very good but there is an English guide sheet to help) and the interior visit was also interesting, taking about half an hour to get around.

We just got on the last visit before lunch - the chateau shuts from mid-day to 2.00pm and the last morning tour started at 11.15.

The "Maison du parc" nearby in the grounds is also worth a visit, but the garden of "Contes de Carrouges" was disappointing and I wouldn't recommend it.

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