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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
Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

If you have an hour or two to spare then this is a pleasant way to spend it. A Medieval castle surrounded by an arboretum. You can go in the castle (unfurnished) and there is information on all its metamorphoses ( in French only) and a leaflet directs you round the gardens where the trees are all well labelled
Doesn't cost much to get in

Thank JANDDBritinParis
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Reviewed 31 October 2015

If you are staying in Normandy or just passing through, and you are interested in medieval history or just want to spend a peaceful few hours in a lovely place, you should head for the village of Harcourt. The Château is located a short drive (or walk) from the village centre and was built in the second half of the 12th century. It's a masterpiece of medieval architecture and is one of the best preserved castles in France. It also contains the oldest arboretum in the country.

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Reviewed 9 October 2015

The place has two hghlights : first there is the setup of the old castle, that reflects the medieval Norman structure with deep defensive ditches and a pre-castle.
Next is the botanical park around the castle with a collection dating as of 18..+

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Reviewed 29 May 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.

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Reviewed 20 April 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.

1  Thank Clive R
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