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“Interesting history”
Review of Chateau de Bizy

Chateau de Bizy
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Vernon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Whitehorse, Canada
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177 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Interesting history”
Reviewed 24 August 2012

There is an interesting fountain which was like a spa for horses. The fountains were linked and fed from rivers on the property until the Nazis drove their tanks over the pipes. There is a lot of renovation happening. It's a glimpse into the history of France and how some people used to live. The grounds are quite extensive. You are allowed to wander through two of the garden areas and see the former stables which contain some interesting carriages.

Visited May 2012
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English first
Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Not much to see”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

I totally agree with the "missed opportunity" review. For the money there is not much to see. We started out with only 3 of us in the tour so the guide spoke in English. 15 minutes into the tour a group of 8 French tourists were hustled into our group, the tour guide then handed us folders written in English for us to read about the few rooms we saw. The tour then switched into French. Too new, somewhat boring tour of just a few rooms. I didn't see any toilets.

Visited April 2012
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3 Thank TVC2012
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Northern California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Some of France's finest equestrian architecture”
Reviewed 12 March 2010

The stables (écuries) at Bizy are some of France's finest.
Just in front of the stables, across from the château one finds a
horse shoe-shaped abreuvoir or waterering trough through which
grooms walked the carriage horses to cool off their legs after
heavy work. The cascade behind the stables is visible through
an archway; an axis is formed from the center of the château through the
abreuvoir through the archway then to the cascade.

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4 Thank Rolfoto
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England
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124 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“A missed opportunity”
Reviewed 19 April 2007

The Chateau is billed as "Chateau de Bizy et ses fontaines", which is a bit of a misnomer.

As a building it is grand - a large empire style mid section, flanked by stables in semi-circle which is pierced in the centre by a gateway. Through this gateway one can see the stepped bed of the remains of a cascade. The fountains were based on those at Versailles and were designed to flow from the top of the hill, into the courtyard and then under the chateau and into the gardens at the back, but ... they were destroyed by the Germans in WWII and although some restoration work has been put in hand, there is still a mountain to do - hence the misnomer.

Entry price is comparable with other chateaux in the region, but given what there is to see here, is a disappointment. The majority of the chateau is still occupied, which means there are very real restrictions on what can be seen. Self-guided tours are out and visitors have to be escorted on what is a rather miserable experience.

In short, once payment has been made, visitors gather in a large hall at one side of the building and when the guide is ready, are shepherded into the courtyard, in front of the chateau which also contains the remains of a large fountain. You are given the history of the building and a lot is made of the link with one owner, Duke of Albefera, who was one of Napoleon’s marshals. Once completed, you are let into a large panelled reception room with some nice furniture. Following this you are led into a smaller room with water damage – looks as if it is used as an office, when there are no visitors. From here onto the back terrace to admire the gardens, re-designed in English style, but are out of bounds, as they are used by the current occupiers of the house … which is a pity, as they would make one of the attractions to the place. From the terrace back into what feels like a vestibule beneath some stairs and looking at the decoration, was probably once a music room. In here are some dusty mementos of links with Napoleon and a couple of uniforms. From here there is a smaller room, with a table laid for dinner (and roped off) and rather small set of things for sale, and that is virtually it, as far as the tour is concerned – in total 4 rooms.

Visitors can walk up the hill at the back and look at the remains of the cascade (a short walk) and can also look into one of the stables and view a dusty collection of 5 carriages.

The quality of guide did not enhance the visit. She read from a folder she carried. There were no additional anecdotes and I guess, if asked something about the contents of any of the rooms, would find it hard to answer, as the details would not be on her crib sheet. Incidentally, we noticed non-French speaking visitors with identical folders, which were printed in English. So much for the need of a guide!

However, in sum total, our feeling is that with some proper thought the owners of this chateau could make a visit both interesting and rewarding. As it currently stands, we would recommend missing this one on the itinerary.

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