Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House

Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House

Chateau de Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas' House
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Cowra11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
The Chateau de Monte Cristo is a beautifully restored chateau set in magnificent grounds. If you are interested in history and Alexandre Dumas, you can spend a couple of hours reading all about his amazing life. But you would also enjoy a visit here just to see the gardens. I'd recommend taking a picnic lunch to enjoy in the garden. Lots of seating is provided throughout the grounds.
Very friendly English
speaking staff member in the shop.
Written 13 August 2014
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AfroParis
London, England1 contribution
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It was like a fairytale castle, beautiful grounds and the chateaux has been restored to such a wonderful degree. It is a secret gem. I wish everyone took the time to visit.

The story of Dumas and his racial heritage being a mix of Haitian and French is also intriguing and it should be more widely known and respected.

I urge you to either take the RER to St Germain then catch a bus which is short ride. Or to take a charming bus ride from La Defense to St Germain en Laye, it gets you into the atmosphere of what is to come. EXCELLENT!!!!
Written 2 October 2008
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Marley78160
Paris, France657 contributions
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Oct 2012 • Family
We went in October for the salon du Livre Jeunesse (an annual event) which was a huge disappointment as there was virtually nothing of interest for teenagers. The workshops and the books for sale were very much oriented for small children aged 4-8.
However, we were thoroughly enchanted by the castle and its grounds! Located opposite the main castle is the tiny, charming Chateau d’If which was Alexandre Dumas’ office, where he wrote every day. The author, who purchased the property and had the castles built, lived here for only 2 years at the height of his glory days until his debts caught up with him. In the main castle, which is not very large, there are many documents, photographs and paintings documenting the history of the Dumas family and its origins in the Dominican Republic. Of particular interest is the Moorish style room and its exquisite décor, which the author brought back from one of his trips to Tunisia. To reach the Chateau de Monte Cristo from Paris, one can take the RER to St Germain en Laye (visit the castle there) and then take the No 10 bus in the direction of Marly le Roi. Worth a visit!
Written 15 January 2013
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robcar603
Nashua, NH105 contributions
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Nov 2014 • Family
As a die-hard Musketeer, how could I not go to honor the man who gave us Athos, Aramis, Porthos, Richelieu, and all the characters he so skillfully crafted into the best romantic swashbuckling of all time. To have lived (and possibly gotten skewered) in those times...Quelle Vie! Monsieur Dumont, I salute you.

A shame that he enjoyed the house for such a short time, live hard, die hard. On the other hand, 40+ mistresses can really take it out of you.

The grounds are engaging and delightful, shame about the highway below. Easy to get to. The docents are wonderful and on the Sunday we went we had actors portraying the man and one of his characters. The architecture is a real trip for period house enthusiasts like me.

While there be sure to visit Le Machine de Marley and the aqueduct at the top of the hill as water lifted from the Sein went on its way to Versailles.
Written 2 December 2014
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HAS B
71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
It was a Sunny day, a perfect day to visit this little château. Dumas was hidden in this little slice of Heaven to get inspiration for his writings and also to enjoy life far form the buzzing atmosphere of Paris. From Saint germain En Laye you take bus N10 that get you to this place. The park around it and the château d'If are good spots Pleasant for the eyes and the mind. some nice and refreshing ponds give a certain heavenly note. The chateau Monte Cristo has a good architecture. some notes , paintings and décors match the atmosphere of the 19th century and gives a certain intimate view of Dumas. unfortunately bus 10 does not run frequently. Every hour. So, go further and catch bus 21 that leads you to the train station. For cars, no problem a private parking is a bliss. An hour or an hour and half is good enoght for a visit.
Written 23 May 2019
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RWTH
Dymchurch, UK36 contributions
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Jun 2018
Difficult to track down but found it in the end - free parking once you suss the system. Gate at the end of a busy payant carpark and street but you simply press the buzzer and the gate opens and lot's of easy places to park. If you like Dumas it's a fascinating place but not to be compared with the grandeur of chateaux on the Loire. Lot's of info and pictures of the great man and some delightful gardens.
Written 16 June 2018
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MZTParis
Paris296 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Friends
Visiting this château where Alexandre Dumas Père (the elder of two Dumas writers ) lived and wrote makes for a charming couple of hours.

Do not expect a ‘Palace of Versailles’ style castle, but rather a mansion. (Linguists no longer translate the French word ‘château’’ as ‘castle’, but it remains a château.)

After Dumas had been forced to sell the property for financial reasons, it had changed ownership several times, the splendid Dumas furniture, furnishings and ornaments having been discarded.

In the1970s though the property was declared an Historical Monument (Monument Historique) and restored by the French State. The restoration of one room, today the most beautiful, was financed by the then King of Morocco - Hassan Deux – father of the present monarch - ) to what it had looked like in Dumas’s time. Dumas had been inspired while visiting Morocco for the creation of the room.

The best way to get to the château from Paris is to take the RER-A train from Chatelet-les-Halles station to Saint-Germain-en-Laye. At Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Bus No 10 which goes in the direction of Marly-le-Roi will get you to the château. You descend at the stop Les Lampes which is just two stops from where you get on to the bus.

This is how you find the stop for bus No 10. Walk along the front of the Saint-Germian-en-Laye château, pass it, continue along that road and at the first crossroad you turn left. You will see buses going that way so you will know you are going in the correct direction. There are several bus stops side by side, so look for the one which will give the number 10 on the top of the stop.

At the Les Lampes stop, street signs will direct you to the château. It is a bit of a walk.

The park around the château is not very big, but beautifully green and leafy and you could sit down for a rest before or after your visit.

The staff are not all that friendly.

The souvenir shop is well-stocked but like all souvenir shops expensive.

There is no tearoom on the premises.

Small children will probably not be too welcome in the château, and there is not really much for them in the park.

The château is 20 kms west from Paris.

Cheapest way to get there is with a Mobilis 4-Zone RATP transport ticket. The ticket is valid until midnight, in and everywhere within Zone 4. It will cost you 12.40 euros.

Opening days and times in the summer are: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12.30 pm and then again from 2 pm to 6 pm.

In the months of winter (in other words from November) it is open only on Sundays.

It costs 7 euros to go in. The ticket office is at the entrance to the property which means that the park is also not free. To pay 7 euros just to go for a walk in the park, is not worth it.
Written 19 October 2017
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emapman
Ashburn, VA127 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the visit to Alexandre Dumas' chateau de Monte Cristo. The house and location wet beautiful. The house was a good size -not too large and stuffed with the history of Dumas and family. I am getting tired of visiting all the Chateau in the Paris area and this was just enough different to make me glad I visited. There was also his Chateau D'If which we were not able to enter, but was his prison apparently where he worked. It is a short train ride from Saint-Lazare train station on RER L to Marly-le-Roi. We rode bicycles to the chateau but I think there are also shuttles. Give it a look if you, I think you'll like it.
Written 2 October 2014
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TSinParis
Paris, France2,211 contributions
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Sept 2019
If you want to visit something hidden and off the typical tourist site list, this is one place to go. It is not too far from Paris and worth a visit on a sunny Sunday afternoon for example. It was the home of French author Alexandre Dumas, who wrote, entre autres, the Three Musketeers. He had quite an exciting life apparently and in the end had to sell all the furniture in the house to pay his debts. Anyway, the 'house' is more like a chateau and there is an additional 'cottage' where he used to write. Very nice gardens to stroll around too. We were lucky to see an art exhibit by an artist from Chicago named Adu Jahmal. Seven euros per person entry fee.
Written 25 September 2019
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Karis B
Bristol, UK134 contributions
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Feb 2015
This place is located close to my grandparents home, so on a recent visit we went to check it out.

I don't think I'd ever have visited if it wasn't so close, but it was really worth it to hear and read about Alexandre Dumas.

I was sad to hear the society that keeps it open wasn't able to stop the land and castle from being sold off to developers. Such a shame!
Written 12 December 2015
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