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“Wonderful gardens, must visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chateau du Champ de Bataille

Chateau du Champ de Bataille
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“Wonderful gardens, must visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

We were looking for something to do on Easter Sunday, and after many years if holidaying nearby, decided to give it a try.

Magnificent!

The gardens are truly splendid, beautifully kept, fantastic topiary, beautiful box parterres. There are miles to walk through; once you get up to the fountains (which were on when we went) there's another lake at the top, complete with pleasure cruiser, then all the other areas to the side to explore.

Certainly the garden is evolving - behind hedges, you can see some areas that are still to be reclaimed - but there's much to see that's perfect.

Thoroughly recommended.

Visited April 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Not worth it”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

As one other reviewer said, decided to visit based on Monty Don's positive TV show article. The house is not open weekdays outside of July/August but that is clearly stated on the website, so don"t go Monday to Friday if the chateau is your choice. Entrance is €12 which whilst not cheap is not too bad when compared to similar attractions further south in the Loire region. The gardens are vey formal and green, lots of box and beech hedges but little else to add to the somewhat uniform view. The fountains range from traditional to quirky (bath tubs) but most do not work weekdays so the overall effect is lost. The paths are not in good order but that may have been due to a busy summer season or heavy rain rather than lack of attention. One of the pools was very green and not at all attractive. However, the topiary sphinxes are excellent and well worth a look. Overall, very disappointed given Monty's enthusiasm (strange how the presence of cameras always makes an owner up the ante in terms of presentation) Save your money and travel a couple of hours further south to the Loire and visit the chateaux who know how to make guests feel welcome. Really wanted to like this so very sorry to find what we did.

Visited September 2013
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Newburgh, United Kingdom
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“Fallen on hard times?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

We first visited the chateau and gardens 10 years ago and were entranced. The gardens were exquisite, and the fountains and cascades were in full flow. Last week when we revisited we were terribly disappointed; there were huge weeds among the box hedges, the former banks of lavender covered in bees and butterflies had been replaced with boring green box. The fountains and cascades were dry, dirty and uncared for. Lumps of masonry has fallen from the walls and left lying. Above the cascade there was a huge hole in the ground just waiting for someone to fall in and break a leg. The whole place, once a real treasure, now looks uncared for and descending into decay. It gives me no pleasure to write such a negative review but given the present state the gardens are a bit of an expensive rip off.o

Visited August 2013
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Poole, United Kingdom
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“What a let down! Total Rip Off”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

Following the BBC programme of Monty Don in French Gardens, we decided that whilst we were staying in the Radepont area of France, we would visit here. What a let down! The gardens were full of weeds, half of the areas were closed, those open had paths in a terrible state of repair and the water features were not running, the house was closed. The lighting in the reception/tea area and toilets was so low, it was hazardous as you could see nothing on the floor. 12 Euro each? Total rip off.

Visited June 2013
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“Much Ado About Precious Little”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

Oooh la la. Finding the entrance to this overblown place is quite a feat. And then 'The house is closed' said the chatelaine, 'and the fountains are only turned on for two hours on weekends...that'll be 12 euros for the gardens'. With which she led me through a dark chilly tea-room area and turned me loose - no guide, no audio guide, nada.
The gardens, laid out with that formal symmetry so beloved of French horticulturalists, aspire to Versailles-style magnificence. Alas, Versailles they are not....by a long shot. They're bare and bleak (even in June there was something dismal about them), the fountains are empty, the water in the long pond is brown and brackish, every post and chain is rusty, everything wooden pleads for paint, the 'Ermitage' is a tatty gazebo full of torn curtains and dirty furniture. Wild swans challenge you to encroach on their turf. A lone fish swims through a miasma of gunk. The whole thing, even on a sunny day, feels hostile to the point of creepy.
Do not, under any circumstances, bring children. There is no play area, no snack area, no picnic benches, no cold drinks, no shade, and the only toilets are cunningly concealed miles back at the chateau. Children - unless horticulture prodigies, and maybe even then - will be bored absolutely crosseyed. Picking my way amidst the heaps of rubble, open drains and coiled hoses, I was bored crosseyed myself.
No wonder there was hardly anyone else about. This pompous, pretentious chateau hasn't a clue about public relations, or presentation, or value for money, or entertaining its visitors, or doing anything other than wasting people's time and money. Avoid. At all costs. Awful place.

Visited June 2013
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