Château d'Hardelot

Condette, France

Building located at Condette, the castle of Hardelot is a manor house remodeled in the 19th century in the neo Tudor style, on foundations from the first half of the 13th century.

The first castle at this site was built in the 12th century by the Counts of Boulogne. The curtain walls date back to that time. The present castle was built by Philip I, Count of Boulogne and son of Philip II of France, in 1222. He also built Boulogne-sur-Mer Castle to a rather similiar plan; a more or less circular castle with projecting circular towers but no keep.

In 1848 Hardelot Castle was bought by the Englishman Sir John Hare. He rebuilt one of the best remaining towers into a Tudor-style mansion. Large receptions were given here and the writer Charles Dickens, a friend of Hare, often visited the castle.

Located on the edge of the regional nature reserve of the Condette marsh, near the forest and the dunes of Ecault, it now houses the Cultural Center of the Entente Cordiale, managed by the Department of Pas-de-Calais. The rooms of the castle are fully furnished and retrace the tumultuous relations between France and Great Britain.


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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Alessandro Balocco (2 years ago)
Very nice and quaint place. We had a brief coffee stop at the cafe at the entrance and then we visited both the castle, the gardens and we had a walk around to nearby lake. The Castle is small but the rooms are pleasantly decorated. It is a great way to spend a couple of hours within the castle and its surroundings. I would definitely recommend this.
Norbert Fekete (2 years ago)
When we were visiting the castle there was a funny theater repetition in the court. Otherwise the sphere of the region with cosy vacation homes and impressive villas felt uplifting to me and the green surrounding with many birds singing was also cheerful. This Neotudor castle is in good state.
Dominik Schweizer (2 years ago)
Without having any historical infos, the castle is pretty to look at and so is the garden. The surrounding area with nice houses is also quite interesting. Like all rich people decided to live next to a castle.
Marc Lappin (2 years ago)
Wow! what a place. We enjoyed a lunch during our visit here. Very much worth a visit.
Ludwig (2 years ago)
Been here a few times now. Enjoyed every visit. Lovely castle and surrounding natural park/ wetland that invites birdwatchers. The castle will be illuminated around Christmas time and there is a theater (haven't visited yet) as well.
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