Château de Pontécoulant

Pontécoulant, France

Pontécoulant estate presents all the distinctive features of nobility: castle, gamekeeper and gardener's detached house, dovecote, landscaping park, vegetable garden, guest houses, farm, woods and grounds. The Le Doulcet de Pontécoulant family arrived there in the 14th century. Their home was rebuilt in the 16th century and enlarged in the 17th. Since the second part of 17th century, the family has lived in Caen and above all in Paris: the castle became a second home. The interior decoration, furniture and daily objects embody the way of life of this 19th century aristocratic family: dining room, lounge, billiard room, rooms in the ground and first floor hold pieces of furniture of diverse origins: French pieces with renown trademarks, exotic and local furniture showing the taste for travels and the Le Doulcet de Pontécoulants' attachment to the region.

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Founded: 16th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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jessica van Wassenaar (3 years ago)
Mooi kasteeltje met mooie omgeving om te wandelen. Jammer dat de rondleiding in zeer beperkt engels wordt gegeven.
Steph Galland (3 years ago)
Ce lieu est tout simplement magique ! C'est un voyage dans le temps ! Les guides ont su nous faire voyager. On a envie d'y rester. Je l'ai fait découvrir à des amis et je souhaite continuer à passer le message afin que mon entourage, amis visitent le château de Pontécoulant.
jean-luc Hauguel (3 years ago)
Superbe château très bien entretenu, le personnel est d’une très grande gentillesse et très compétent. Le département ne doit surtout pas se séparer d’un tel joyau, ce serait contraire à la préservation des monuments historiques. De plus il est en super état et le parc est très agréable. Franchement vaut le détour , à visiter pour la modique somme de 4,00€ No comment
Karen Leech (3 years ago)
amazing grounds, the building is beautiful, the tours are at fixed times - sadly we missed it but just sitting in the tea room is enjoyable enough after a stroll around the nearby forest .(only tea, coffee biscuits on offer)
Mark Dyson (3 years ago)
Good chateau to visit and only 4 EUR for adults and free for children. Tour was in French and even though we were the only English people on the tour the girl doing the tour offered to explain in English to us but as we had already been given English leaflets with all details we declined the kind offer however our questions were answered.
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