Château de Brécy was built in the 17th century and the other buildings a century later. It is famous for its balcony gardens surrounded by stone balustrades and statues and exceptional high and finely decorated gate.



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Founded: 17th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France


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Kristof Wyffels (2 years ago)
Beautiful garden. A must see in Normandy
Michael Schramm (2 years ago)
J'adore ce lieu! Un jardin de rêve à découvrir doucement en montant les marches ! Une fois arrivé au bout de la grande allée verte il faut s'asseoir sur le banc et contempler la perspective sur le château qui se prolonge derrière dans le bois ! Ne pas oublier de visiter la petite église ! J'espère d'y revenir bientôt pour goûter de ce calme serein!
HERVE Patrice (2 years ago)
Jardin magnifique, l'entrée est un peu chère (8€) mais justifiée. Prenez votre temps, asseyez-vous... Amenez un petit goûter, vous goûterez mieux cet instant, Les enfants ne paient pas, et ils se plairont à déambuler dans les allées, se cacher dans les petits coins, ils vont aimer.
Philippe du peloux (2 years ago)
Un jardin italien exceptionnel en pleine campagne normande à découvrir et à redécouvrir , un lieu qui élève l’âme grâce à sa perfection, sa beauté , son harmonie, son choix des couleurs, son cadre, un grand moment d'émotion pour les esthètes. N'hésitez pas à y flâner des heures, admirer les perspectives, contempler la nature maîtrisée, les sculptures, laisser vous bercer par le doux bruit de l'eau dans les bassins, un lieu de détente et de contemplation ... Félicitations au propriétaire qui entretient cela à merveille avec un gout assuré .
Olivier Vidal (2 years ago)
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