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CHATEAU DE BIZY

avenue des Capucins 27200 Vernon, France

Open : From April 1 thru November 1 everyday except Monday 10-12 am 2-6 pm
From November 2 thru end of February : closed.

In March for individuals : open on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm thru 5 pm, for groups open everyday except Mondays (upon reservation)
Rate 2006 :
individuals 7.50 euros, children 5 euros

Bizy castle, hidden behind trees that are several hundred years old, offers visitors the pleasure of discovering its park and the majesty of its formal courtyard. Like the castle, the park is classified as a Historic Monument and features a water garden evoking the baroque splendours of the 18th C. The castle was built by Constant d'Ivry for Fouquet, Duke of Belle-Isle, Marshal of France, around 1740.

Bizy castle in Vernon
Famous for its stables inspired by those of Versailles, Bizy was successively owned by King Louis XV, the Duke of Penthievre and King Louis-Philippe. Baron Schickler retained the stables and built a new central building, in the style of the great Italian palaces that can still be seen today.

The compulsory guided tour (in French, but written explanations in English on request) will lead you through the Grand Salon, the drawing room, and the dining-room. All these rooms are beautifully furnished with rare antics. (18th C. wood panelling and tapestries, music intruments...)

The visit of the chateau, which is still inhabited by the heirs of the Duke, ends with a look at the stables and the small collection of horse drawn carriages.

CHATEAU DE LA ROCHE-GUYON

1 Rue de l'Audience 95780 La Roche-Guyon, France
tel +33 (0)1 34 79 74 42 - Fax +33 (0)1 34 79 75 72

Open daily from April 15 to the end of November 10 a.m.-6p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Bank holidays 10 a.m. - 19 p.m. Full rate 7.50 euros, reduced 4 euros.

In one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, the chateau de la Roche Guyon is absolutely fascinating.  

At the top of the chalk cliffs of the river Seine, the Middle Age dungeon is linked to the chateau by a stair carved into the hill.

The vast apartments of the lower part include Salons, a theatre, an observatory and a chapel.

chateau de la Roche Guyon
You will discover ten centuries of French History through its renowned hosts, the most famous ones being La Rochefoucault and later Rommel.

Between the chateau and the river lies the wide kitchen garden that has jsut been renewed. (Free access). You will enjoy strolling around its lanes bordered by fruit trees, vegetables and flowers.

On special dates, the chateau de la Roche Guyon organises unforgettable night visits. (call for more information)

LES ANDELYS

CHATEAU-GAILLARD

Open daily except Tuesdays and May 1st from mid-March to mid-November, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-6 p.m.

Impressive stronghold of the 12th C., built by Richard the Lionheart, King of England and Duke of Normandy.

Erected in one year on a hill commanding the river Seine at the Andelys meander, Chateau Gaillard was the key building of the vast defence system closing the access to Normandy.

During the Wars of Religion, after a two year siege, Henri IV overpowered Chateau-Gaillard and had it dismanteled.

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CHATEAU DE LA MADELEINE

Open July and August 2pm - 6 pm. Guided tour : 3 euros.

The chateau de la Madeleine, protected as an Historic Monument, belongs to private owners who open it to the public during the Summer.

Restoration works have been undertaken  in this rococo and baroque palace to give it back all its former splendor.

The Chateau has majestic salons a panoramic view on the Seine Valley. The story of the place includes sacred history, literature, economical boom of the 19th Century, and dramatic events of the last war.

It is now possible to stay as guest in Le Chateau de la Madeleine in one of the recently opened guest-rooms

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