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Chateau du Champs de Bataille

The Chateau and Gardens

Literally the Castle of the Battle Field, Champs de Bataille is impressive in every way, with its classical French architecture and beautiful formal gardens. The name dates from the 10th Century, in 935 a large battle was fought in the vicinity of the present day chateau. Two local families contested the battle, one led by Guillaume Longue Epée (William Long Sword) the other by Robert le Danois (Robert the Dane). Guillaume won the day and gained Normandy its independence.

Although there is not much archaeological evidence it is believed that there have been several castles built on the site. In 1651 Alexandre de Créqui rebelled against the young Louis XIV and was exiled from court by Mazarin who was Regent. Créqui decided to build a magnificent residence to remind him of the splendours of the Royal Court which he believed he would never see again. The castle remained unfinished at his death and passed to the Marquis de Mailloc who inherited both the property and its debts.

It was not until the Duke of Beuvron, nephew to Mailloc and Governor of Normandy, inherited the property that it achieved its full splendour. The Duke made the Chateau his principle residence, but even he was unable to finish the work. The Revolution interrupted the mammoth task, with the castle being looted and quarried. In 1992 the castle was bought by its current owner Jacques Garcia who finally managed to complete the building and to restore the gardens to their planned splendour. The castle and its gardens are open to the public and is the site of a well known local restaurant.

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From Easter until the end of October at weekends and public holidays from 2pm until 6pm.

In May, June and September, every day from 2pm until 6pm.

In July and August, every day from 10am until 6pm.

Adults 12€. Children (6-12 years) 8€.

Chateau and Gardens

From Easter until the end of October at weekends and public holidays from 3:30pm until 5:30pm.

In July and August, every day from 3:30pm until 5:30pm.

Adults 24€. Children (6-12 years) 15€.