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“Well worth a detour”

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 October 9, 2012

Visits are by guided tour in French, but a sheet with an English translation of the main features can be provided. Unlike William the Conqueror's castle in Falaise, which has been heavily reconstructed, this chateau shows the faded glory of hundreds of years of occupation and is all the better for it.

Thank Brian P
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Atmostpheric setting of a most romantic castle, only owned by the Government since last war. Knowledgeable bi-lingual guide which greatly enhanced our visit. One of the most stunning castles we have visited in Normandy.

Thank Kara2
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

The chasse event is an annual 2 day celebration held in August promoting Norman hunting and fishing. It includes demonstrations of all types of countryside crafts and skills. If you like seeing hunting dogs in action there are plenty of pedigree breeds to observe alongside horses, carriages and horn blowing people dressed in bright coloured traditional hunting gear. There are competitions set up for the huntsmen/women that visitors can watch such as horn blowing music, dog control and horse riding techniques. There are many stalls selling clothing, crafts and food. It is possible to buy a restaurant style meal or eat a picnic according to your choice. The event is held within the grounds of the Chateau of Carrouges and a chance to view inside the chateau is offered with the ticket entry fee for the chasse event. Even if you do not go to the chasse event it is worth seeing the chateau in the seasonal times, generally April to September, because it has original furniture, paintings and artefacts to see and a guided tour can be booked.
We like combining the chasse event and a visit to the chateau because there is so much to do and a whole day to cover it all.

Thank Denise F
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Worth a visit. 6 Euros for a guided tour. It is a smallish chateau that is not pretentious and you could imagine the family living there.

Thank Bob1949
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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.

4  Thank Claire B
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