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“Be careful! Guided tours only in French if not registrated before.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chateau d'Abbadie

Chateau d'Abbadie
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Hendaye
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Owner description: À Hendaye, au Pays Basque, le Château-Observatoire Abbadia est un site au delà de votre imagination !Un lieu enchanteur, dressé sur les falaises abruptes d'Hendaye au milieu d'une lande, construit entre 1864 et 1884 par Viollet-Le-Duc pour Antoine d'Abbadie, ethnologue, géographe, homme de science... In Hendaye on the Basque coast, here's a site beyond your imagination !This place is the Château-Observatory Abbadia, an enchanting highlight, overhanging the sheer clives of Hendaye in the middle of a moor, built between 1864 and 1884 by Viollet le Duc for Antoine d'Abbadie, ethnologist, geographer, scientist...
Bayreuth, Germany
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“Be careful! Guided tours only in French if not registrated before.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

I've visited the Chateau Abbadia as part of the social program of a scientific conference in the area. We were a group of around 70 people and split up in 3 tours through the castle. Unfortunately our tour guide only spoke French (well, this is not completely correct. She actually was able to speak the English language, just not a level she could provide a proper tour). You can, however, have a tour in another language (English, Spain, Bask as far as I got it) if you have a group of at least 5 people and register for it early enough. One of our French speaking colleague then had to provide a translation for the whole group, which in fact was quite of funny and made the people listen more attentive.

The castle itself is pretty interesting, because it's way more colofur (in the inside) than the standard European castle. There are many different influences, for example in the main hall, where the staircase is decorated by some pictures showing Ethiopian culture (the former owner of the castle lived there for more than 15 years).

You also have a fantastic look at the Atlantic Sea from the area of the castle. Photography is not allowed inside the castle, even without flashlight.

Visited June 2014
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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“FULLY FURNISHED”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

I've been to plenty of disappointing chateau with impressive exteriors but empty interiors visiting France, BUT THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM!
It's full with antique furniture and scientific instruments, in fact it's so well restored it looks like the owners are still living there.
Take a visit, I'm sure you'll not be disappointed; it was €6.60 well spent.

Visited May 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Wild and wonderful chateau”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

While most chateaux in France are from an earlier age, this Victorian palace is beautifully preserved and furnished. The interiors are complete and a riot of exotic design and color, and the hilltop location with a panoramic view of the Bay of Biscay is not to be missed. Friendly and helpful staff!

Visited May 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Very good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

Nice....just don't get behind a group....or step over the ropes, the rooms ARE alarmed. Take the guided tour if you can - you can actually ENTER all the rooms as opposed to only three then just peering over a thick rope for the rest, and it only costs 1E more. When we arrived a tour had already started (French only) so we couldn't join them, but it was then awkward as they were always in front of us en masse. We were provided with English language self tour information. I stepped over a rope for a closer look at one of the bedrooms and the entire castle alarmed so don't do this; they were very kind about the incident and didn't make us leave. I think the 6.60 Euro admission is alright.

Visited February 2014
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“take a walk around”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013 via mobile

if you are comming to see castle,take comfortable shoes and make a walk in suraudings of it!!!the ocean view is breathtaking...not to speak about picnic in the end of ground seeing waves and rocks:))))

Visited April 2013
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