Château de Tilly was built by Claude Le Roux, the adviser of Parlement de Normandie, between 1530-1535. The castle is a small Renaissance jewel with its turrets with pointed roofs and red brick façades decorated with diamond shapes and lattices.

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Founded: 1530-1535
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Val d'A (9 months ago)
Very pretty Château in a magnificent setting. Warm welcome from our young guests. Everything was perfect! To visit for your future seminars / weddings / receptions!
Marine Petillat (9 months ago)
Simply beautiful castle and the rooms we stayed in were very comfortable and warm. Also, the owners Aurélie and Gaétan were attentive, very kind and accommodating hosts. We had a wonderful time for our friends' wedding - a dream weekend thanks to this idyllic setting. Thanks to them!
Noël Hollande (9 months ago)
Invited during a wedding, we stayed with the family for 3 days at the Château de Tilly. A simply EXCEPTIONAL place with a warm welcome and kindness from the Châtelains, Aurélie and Gaëtan, IRREPROCHABLE! After more than 10 years in the organization of events, this place, steeped in history, is in my opinion a must. Well done !
sidi bamba (2 years ago)
Just need to work out to have more space for huge amount of guests
Irina Mirskyzayas (2 years ago)
Beautiful setting and lovely owners
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