Château du Champ de Bataille

Château du Champ de Bataille

Château du Champ de Bataille
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
This private domain opens its doors to you! With one of the most beautiful parks in Europe, a castle inspired by Le Vau’s masterpieces and the exceptional historical collections, the Château du Champ de Bataille is rightly nicknamed the « Normandie’s Versailles » by the visitors. The decorator Jacques Garcia has given it back all its luster.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Jeff R
Rotherham, UK1,558 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
About an hour from where we were staying was this gem, was 27 euro each to get into the house and grounds although as it was Sunday house wasn’t open until 2 in the afternoon.
Good parking near to the entrance and stables nicely converted into a cafe on one side and a shop on the other side. The grounds are massive have loads of hidden treasures and would take you most of the day to go around them. The house which didn’t open until 2pm today is also full of treasures and told a great story of what life would have been like when it was in its hay day.
Great day out for all ages.
Written 23 July 2023
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JohanB
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
This château has the most remarkable gardens I have seen. The architecture, layout, size and state of maintenance are unique. The size makes that one can walk there for kilometers and get very different perspectives. In addition the château features rooms in their original furniture, paintings and tapistry.
Written 8 May 2023
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Russell H
Welwyn10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
A not to be missed location in this area. The history behind it is fascinating to read and has escaped the clutches of being a ruin several times until the current owner and even that is a great story itself.
Just when you reach the ends of stunning landscaped gardens to challenge Versailles, you realise it goes again and then again.
A must see venue
Written 8 May 2023
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FrederickWentworth
Rouen, France1,077 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Visited May 7, 2022. Rather quiet. Few visitors in the park, 3:30 guided visit full as was the 2:20 we saw when we arrived. Description as "Versailles of Normandy" somewhat overstated but beautiful brick and stone buildings sitting in gorgeous, large, very well-maintained park.
INSIDE: Since it is very early in the season, the café is a very simple affair: drinks served from a fridge by the (very sweet) ticket lady. The (obsessively furnished) kitchens must be very interesting for children and we shall certainly visit them again with our grand-children. The state apartments are very splendiferous and once again obsessively over-furnished. They are lived-in as evidenced by the smell of cooking in the staircase as you walk up to the étage noble. Beautiful furniture, porcelain, and silver mainly of royal provenance which the owner has (obsessively) amassed over a 40-year period. The paintings are more decorative than anything else (stodgy, XVIIth and XVIIIth C. official portraits with the inevitable lachrymose comments on Marie-Antoinette--a crowd pleaser, I am sure). The owner recorded the commentary which the guide switches on as you proceed--it is irritatingly "me, myself, and I". Everything is in good repair (more protection would be a good idea for the edge of the gorgeous carpets which visitors tend to step on).
OUTSIDE: the park is really the highlight of the visit. It is incredibly well-maintained (8 to 10 gardeners we were told), huge (180 ha), and lovely . Don't set your expectations too high for the orchids which can only be seen from a distance (1 cattleya, 1 vanda, 1 phalaenopsis in bloom). The tree-fern house is very interesting for those into ferns. The grand canal is spectacular (500 m.). You can spend a whole day enjoying the scenery.
ALL IN ALL: The state apartments are really for the French who have little experience of a lived-in, aristocratic house but the British have many grand country houses still standing and they have seen far bigger and far better. For the latter, the park is well worth a visit when touring Normandy.
One must admire Mr. Garcia for his work, his obsessive attention to details, his devotion, and for the sacrifices such a white elephant entails. The cost of saving, restoring, furnishing, maintaining the house and estate must be enormous.
Written 8 May 2022
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Alan H
Newton Aycliffe, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Bit pricey, but the gardens are well worth a visit. The chateau was a bit disappointing. Take a picnic as no cafe. All in all an enjoyable experience.
Written 9 August 2019
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OnAir589194
Megève, France38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
This “renovation” is just an exercise in tasteless bling. Anyone who charges this sort of entrance fee and does not accept plastic for entry (cheques and cash inky thanks) is simply in the exploitation business, with no interest in public education.
Written 6 October 2018
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AHVC
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
I have tried to visit on several occasions but opening times are a bit erratic (as often in France). But got it right this time & it was worth it. The scale is spectacular, the planting & maintenance impeccable, the vistas & garden buildings and architectural tricks a constant surprise & delight. The hedging, topiary, ground cover & specimen planting was varied, ingenious & at times quite theatrical, especially, the emerging tour de force of the yew topiary lions (sphinxes? dogs?) . Good for us that there were very few people there: in England it would be packed.on an Sunday in August. For me it is one of the half dozen best gardens I have seen in France.
We had lunch in the chateau restaurant; caesar salad. It was sound and fair value but uninspired. The decor is a bit overpowering & too dark.
Written 27 August 2018
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Kat C
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
I read all the reviews but still decided to go ahead and visit the Château as it was only 30 mins from our location. Plus ‘les cabinets de curiosities’ looked really great. The entry price (30€ per adult) is definitely not worth the time or money!

We arrived at noon and the lady sold us tickets for the garden and chateau rooms. We were mainly there to see the Château as the gardens get a bit boring after the first 10 mins. They are definitely NOT anyway near the level of Versailles as a previous reviewer mistakenly recalled.

Anyway, we tried to enter the Château and all the doors were locked. We checked with the reception and were told that the chateau didn’t actually open until 2.15pm. They didn’t mention this when we paid with clearly 2 young children in tow. Given we’d spent 60€, I didn’t want to leave so we spent a long time walking around the gardens. They are not interesting enough to spend even a quarter of that amount of time...and I love a garden!

We managed to bribe the kids around for an hour or so then decided to maybe try out their on-site cafe. It was fully booked! Maybe it’s just me but shouldn’t tourist attractions have unrestricted food options. We were told to visit the local village for food.

We eventually made it into the main house which was pretty disappointing. You can only visit part of the first floor (I think about 6 rooms in total) then the kitchen and that’s it! The room we really wanted to see was no longer accessible or some of the others shown in the marketing information. I had a good read of the website and my expectations were most definitely not managed.

Finally, the place is pretty snooty and the gift shop was like a gaudy antique shop. It was a dull and underwhelming visit and would highly recommend you don’t bother. Travel another 45 mins and go to Versailles palace. You definitely get more from your money!
Written 9 August 2018
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TayeToo
Avon, CO177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Jacques Garcia, a well-known French Interior Designer, purchased the Chateau du Champ de Bataille about twenty or more years ago but don’t expect to see his designs in the chateau itself. He has restored the chateau to its former beauty and stayed true to its history. If you love period furnishing this is a must see.

We arrived on a rainy afternoon so decided to have lunch in the chateau’s lovely ‘café’ before touring. Now this is decorated in Jacques Garcia’s style. Dramatically black but in keeping with the period, the food was amazing and the wine enjoyable. The adjoining gift shop is well appointed, and items are reasonable. This is where one purchases the entrance tickets. The price is a bit higher than other chateaus (30 Euros) and a visitor might feel it’s a bit steep for the chateau alone however once you enter the fabulous gardens you understand. Do, however, visit the servants quarter, kitchens and wine cellar before heading outside. We spent a couple of hours, in the rain, touring the gorgeous gardens and could have stayed longer had the sun come out. Acres and acres of formal and informal gardens, pools and fountains. Do allow enough time to really enjoy the gardens rain or shine.
Written 23 July 2018
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Keith E
Kinver, UK16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
I gave a rating of 1, because I could not give a rating of 0.

We travelled to the chateau on June 19, but they were closed!!

I would suggest that anyone is very cautious about visiting, unless you have spoken to them by phone.

On June 19, and still today, the website, in English and French, clearly says that the gardens are open every day from 1 March to 31 December. And, in fact, the notice outside the château, says the same.

After walking around, and very confused, we found that the notice in the car park is the only one that is accurate. Unfortunately, we were unable to read that notice before travelling over 50k (from Le Mesnil sur Blangy), and over 50k back.

As we left, a group of French people arrived.

On that day, the chateau lost 5 visits, and we are not likely to try again. Not only did we have a wasted journey, the Chateau has not bothered to reply to my email, sent on June 19.

If they cannot be bothered to say when they are open, it suggests that are really not interested in visitors.

I would suggest potential visitors go elsewhere.
Written 10 July 2018
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