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“Guided tour of the Chateau”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Chateau de Sassy

Chateau de Sassy
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Giel Courteilles
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“Guided tour of the Chateau”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

We enjoyed our visit to Chateau Sassy on 13th September 2012. We paid for a guided tour and were fortunate to have a guide to ourselves who showed us the rooms set aside for visitors. In particular we saw the room where Queen Elizabeth 2nd of GB stayed in 1967. We were able to see her thank you letter written to the family who own the chateau. Great to see a lock of King Louis V1 hair and the 29,000 or so collection of books that are centuries old. The ancient furniture is splendid too, as are the tapestries and paintings. Look out for the ornate wooden fire-place surround in the library room because it is very intricate and beautifully crafted.
Outside the patterned box hedge gardens are a delight and a stroll is recommended. Don't miss the little chapel wth the spiral stair-case and family monogrammed carved wooden pews plus the stunning figurine carved altar piece which is spectacular. The guide spoke in French and we were able to follow his descriptions and information because he spoke slowly and clearly for us - English visitors. 11 out of 10 for the whole visit!

Visited September 2012
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  • English first
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English first
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice from the outside - shame about the appalling reception”
Reviewed July 19, 2011

After checking various websites for the Chateau de Sassy visiting times (advertised as open until 12.30am on Sunday, the day of our visit), we drove 50 minutes to visit the interior of the château itself (for the first time) and the gardens (which we had seen before, but at a time when the chateau interior was shut).

We arrived at 10.55, and on approaching the doors to the chateau we saw a notice in French on door that said there was a tour in progress but the next tour would be at 11.30. So we happily went for a walk around the grounds to fill in time. 11.25 we returned, and now the door had a sign saying "Ouvert" and there was no-one else in sight but a girl behind the reception desk inside the chateau.

We went in, all smiles, proferring cash to pay for the scheduled vist at 11.30. But we were brusquely refused entry because "We are expecting a group, so there are no more visits until 2.30pm - you can go away and return later" (in French). Great - best part of 2 hours "aller-retour" wasted.

In my opinion the customer service at this place stinks - why give out wrong information in the first place, then compound it by refusing admission. We would even have been happy to tag along with the "group" and not ask any questions or disturb their visit, but that was not an option when I suggested it.

So we visited Bagnoles de l'Orne, a garden called Jardin Retiré, bought stuff at Boutique Jardin and on way home visited Garden of Mansonière instead.

Beware - Chateau de Sassy place may be okay if you do get inside, but the customer service is pants.

Visited July 2011
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