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“Pleasant way to spend an afternoon”
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 18 May 2017

The castle though small has lots of interesting historical information. The grounds are lovely to walk around with the added interest of many different trees. It is a great place to walk the dog and let kids have a run around.

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Reviewed 3 September 2016

Three seniors, staying near Brionne were delighted to find this superb exemple of a fortified chateau. It is difficult in this short note to say much about it's history, but if you are fortunate enough to visit, then an excellent brochure in English is available with your entry fee. As others have already said, the building has been extensively repaired and is not furnished, but if your French is good, then very full descriptions are given throughout your tour. You are fully trusted, and no 'guards' are hidden about to say you can't touch that !!
The Arboretum is just delightful, very large and the trees are well documented, if that is your requirement. Lovely large lawns for children to run on and lots of secret places to discover. A trip well worth making, but possibly only for an hour or two. Open March to November but closed on Tuesdays. Mid summer, open in the mornings, but early and late season afternoons only Adults 4euros, Ankle biters 1.5euros.
If you love history, you will love this place.

Thank Peter F
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

If you are travelling with a dog this is a great place for a long and lovely walk. The castle is also well worth a visit.

Thank SRandZ
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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

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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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