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“A good experience”
Review of Chateau d'Harcourt

Chateau d'Harcourt
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Harcourt
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A two faces castle Historical monument, Harcourt is a fortress in a bower of verdure : of the mighty castle founded in the twelth century by the Harcourts and strenghtened over the following centuries, a large part of the curtain wall and th moat remain. Only the western facade of the chateau still has its medieval aspect (high walls rising straight from the moat, towers, buttresses). The eastern facade of the chateau was rebuilt around 1700 by Francoise de Brancas,countess of Harcourt. In accordance with the new architectural style of the day,and in order to make it more inhabitable,the moat was filled in and the walls were pierced by tall windows. The arboretum, two centuries old The arboretum is exceptional for its history ;it is a real botanical collection of more than two hundred species, of which the oldest aure two hundred years old. Its existence is associated with some of the most memorable names in the field of horticulture, such as Delamare, Michaux,Pepin, Vilmorin... who have intervened in its development at various points since its foundation in 1810. The arboretum was classified as a> in 2004. Open from 1/03 to 15/11 From 1/03 to 15/06 and from 15/09 au 15/11 : 2.00 p.m - 6.00 p.m every day except tuesday From 16/06 to 14/09 : de 10.30 a.m - 18.30 p.m every day
Reading, UK
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“A good experience”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

We really liked this one - and it wasn't expensive. The rooms are mostly empty and part of the chateau is in ruins, but the atmosphere is great and I could imagine coming here with children and not having to worry about them roaming around - easier with a family than in a claustrophobic state-type apartments. Again, a connection with Dunois. Interesting how information placards always mention his connection with Joan of Arc, but then say nothing about her being burned or whether he said anything about it!
There are some amazing trees in the grounds - tall sequoias, beeches, cedars. Take time to wander around, which we enjoyed very much despite the rain.

Visited May 2014
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English first
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A good place for a short family visit”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

A quiet and lovely chateau set in woodland. If out of season (season is June-Sept) d'Harcourt only opens from 2-6, otherwise it opens at 10.30. Good value (4 Euro adults, 1.50 for kids). The house and surrounding fortifications are picture perfect and you can easily spend an hour or more in the gardens. There is a small shop with gifts and drinks. All the displays in the Chateau are in French only but good leaflets with lots of info are available in other languages.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank Clive R
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Whitby, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Don't overlook this low-cost gem!!”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

What a fantastic little day-trip! We are a family of 5, drove here from Rouen (50 minutes), and there were about 7 other cars here when we arrived at about noon. 4 Euros for adults, and 1.50E for children. Bring a picnic, the gardens are vast. The arboretum is gorgeous, with soaring trees, lovely pathways, and small areas of "games" for kids and grown-ups too. The chateau itself is beautiful seen from outside, but inside there isn't too much to see. The chateau is one of the best preserved castles in France, and very picturesque.

Take a break from the expenses of beaten-path tourist spots, and the busy, hussle & bussle of more frequented areas. Bring your camera!

Visited August 2012
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