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Hauteville House
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Owner description: Author Victor Hugo's home while living in Guernsey during a 15-year self-imposed exile.
Reviewed September 24, 2011

Had no idea what a fascinating house Victor Hugo's home would be. Each room was a surprise to behold. I highly recommend visiting.

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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Step back into a time capsule and be prepared for an assualt on your senses! Victor Hugo's house in St Peter Port is a must visit - the guides are knowledgeable and informative but the real treasure is the immaculately preserved interior of the house.
Well worth taking an hour out of a holiday to see something unique.

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Reviewed September 12, 2011

The house is dark and gloomy when you first step in, leaving you thinking, "Couldn't they have lightened things up around here?" But Hugo does, himself, transform the abode from moment to moment, so that by the end of your guided tour, you're looking out at the most spectacular and refreshing view of St. Peter's Port--a view replete with sights of Hugo's lover's home, as well as the desk upon which the renowned French author wrote Les Miserables. Hugo was relatively unknown for his DIY decorating and design, and this attraction will certainly fill you in on the details. From chandeliers built from bobbins, to secret darkrooms hidden behind tapestry walls, every step of the way has something fascinating to figure out. Because of Hugo's interest in spiritualism and mysticism, you'll feel at some points that the ghost of Hugo is right there with you in the room--or at least the 'spirit chair' reserved for Hugo's ancestors in the dining room will remind you that dead family members are still family members, nonetheless. Keep your eye open, while you are on the guided tour, for latin mantras and thoughts stencilled into walls and tiles... everywhere!

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Reviewed August 27, 2011

This house is the most curious, fascinating and wonderful place to visit for anyone interested in the great French writer Victor Hugo (author of Les Miserables, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc.) It is quite different from any other house or home you will ever see and far more interesting than the grandest palace or stately home. Outwardly, it looks like many of the adjoing buildings, but once inside you will be transported back to the life and work of this great author, poet, playwright and artist by the fascinating and strange collection of pictures, furniture and decoration which Hugo created himself. The guided tours take just over an hour and are very modestly priced; the guides conduct individual and separate tours in different languages and deliver them with wonderful infectious enthusiasm. Anyone who visits Guernsey should visit Hauteville House...you will not be disappointed!

1  Thank G K
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

The excellent guided tours of Victor Hugo's house in St. Peter Port provide a fascinating insight into the life of the famous author who was also an artist and whose real vocation was to be an interior designer. Whilst in exile on the island, he used his home as an outlet for his creativity and the result is an eclectic mix of styles set out over four floors. The tour, which must be reserved in advance (although I saw a couple of people reserving at the door for a visit later the same day) lasts just over an hour and can be done in English or French. The tour was a highlight of the visit to Jersey and a 'must see' not only for those interested in history, literature or interior design. Note: there is not, to my knowledge, an elevator in the house.

1  Thank Robin R
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