Château de Fontaine-Henry

Fontaine-Henry, France

Château de Fontaine-Henry was rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries on the foundations of an earlier fortress built by Guillaume de Tilly, sieur de Fontaine-Henry, named in honour of his cousin Henry II of England. The château is still lived in by the descendents of its early owners. The chapel dates from 13th and 16th centuries. The castle's distinctive feature is its extremely high and steep roofing, together with its richly sculpted facade. The ground floor reception rooms are home to a collection of fine period furniture and paintings.

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Danijel Bacelic (2 years ago)
3 stars as there were no proper translation for guided tour. Otherwise castle is spectacular and worth the visit
Ian Wright (2 years ago)
When you think Château opulence and splendour come to mind.. Not here though.. The tour was long and frankly a waste of time if you're not fluent in French.. The gardens are lacklustre and quite untended.. I'd say skip it for something else.
Bubble Vif (2 years ago)
Beautiful castle has been handed through the same family more than 800 years. The architecture combines 13 to 16 centuries elements with such elegance. The castle visit is done by guided tour. Our guide is a young lady, sorry not be able to recall her name, her explanation was rich, passionate with a lot of humour. We were deeply touched by the relationship between this noble family and the villagers.
Patrick Abela (2 years ago)
Beautiful secluded castle with centuries of interesting history, mythology and art. Special thanks to our guide who also went out of her way to book us a taxi to Caen after the tour.
Andrei Iacob (2 years ago)
What a terrible visit on a Sunday afternoon. You can only visit the outside of the castle ( the chapel, the maze and the peacocks) unless you want a guided tour which is only available in french.. but wait there’s a catch, for the guided tour you have to wait another 45 minutes.. how convenient. Probably the ladies preferred to continue their gossip session as we were the only visitors. In addition if you have a discount card, it can only be applied for the guided tours. 1 star for the fake politeness
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