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Chateau de Terre Neuve

1 Rue Jarnigande, 85200 Fontenay-le-Comte, France
+33 2 51 69 17 75
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small but interesting

This small manor house is worth a visit if you are in the area, but doesn't have anything for... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
Worth a visit / À recommander

This chateau is a bit out of the way but well worth the extra effort. The exterior is lovely. The... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
London, United Kingdom
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The castle was built for Nicolas Rapin in the late sixteenth century. The facade decorated with terracotta muses from the eighteenth century and the porch, illustrate the influences of the Poitevin nobility in the sixteenth up to the eitghteenth century. The lobby, with its many art objects: miniature, keys, weapons, eighteenth clothing, pottery ... and a magnificent sedan chair of the eighteenth. Then the eighteenth furniture and paintings by few well known masters. The large living room is dominated by a fireplace designed by Philibert Delorme, the carved and gilded wooden pediment was realized for the first of Moliere's Bourgeois Gentilhomme before Louis XIV in Chambord. The small living room is decorated with beautiful oak woodwork Louis XVI garlands. The dining room is under the aegis of Francis I, with two doors from Chambord opening onto a huge fireplace. Georges Simenon lived here between 1941 and 1943 and received his friends Jean Tissier and painter Maurice de Vlaminck.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Rue Jarnigande, 85200 Fontenay-le-Comte, France
+33 2 51 69 17 75
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

This small manor house is worth a visit if you are in the area, but doesn't have anything for children. We had a tour in french but had a folder with English translation; the tours are every half an hour, and you cannot visit on...More

Thank auntanduncle
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This chateau is a bit out of the way but well worth the extra effort. The exterior is lovely. The inside was less sumptuous but there were a few gems. It's history goes back to 1580 when land was given to Rapin by Henri IV...More

Thank Pibochen
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

I visited here today with my husband. A very lovely girl brought us on the tour which is in French however she gave us a booklet explaining the story in English. She also took the time to talk in English to us and made us...More

2  Thank JeanDublin m
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Small but beautiful describes this chateau. Grounds are peaceful. We were taken on a tour by a young man called Nicolas who described everything in a interesting and thoughtful way. At the time we visited we were the only ones who did the tour and...More

3  Thank Joanmacleod
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Nice Castle and Good tour!Not many people so its perfecto for visit it! But you have to look The program because is not every time open!

2  Thank Lorrenne
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Sunday is not one of France's busiest days for tourists. In fact one might say that France is closed on Sunday. This stately home was open so we popped in for a look. The cost, €7.00 per adult. We had a guide, Nicolas, who was...More

2  Thank BioToxic1
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We had to do the guided tour in French but it didnt matter as the guide was helpful. A lovely setting and we had a lovely picnic lunch there

1  Thank Neil F
Reviewed 31 July 2016

Had a lovely tour around this Chateau. The tour was in French and they gave us folders with the English translations. The guides and all the staff were very nice and spoke excellent english. Lovely examples of period furniture and collections of guns, keys and...More

2  Thank Sean M
Reviewed 14 July 2016

We were lucky enough to be the only 2 people at that time for the tour so had more like a VIP tour. The young lady who looked after us spoke perfect English and interacted with us during the tour thus giving us so much...More

2  Thank AlastairL_12
Reviewed 12 July 2016

On a sunny day, the grounds and exterior were very enjoyable. It was closed so sorry not to be able to comment on the interior. Close to the centre of town.

Thank pagoda2014
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