Château de Galleville

Galleville, France

Château de Galleville is remarkable for ifs great unity of style. The castle was built in 1678 by Roque de Varengeville, counsellor to King Louis XIV and also his ambassador in Venice (a city in which he would develop a passion for stucco architecture, later applying this decorative technique to the chateau's chapel. A continuous line of ownership by inheritance or marriage can be traced from the present owners back to 1769, year in which the chateau estate was bought by the Monsieur de Reuville family. In later years, it passed via marriage into the families of the Count of Héricy and the Marquis de Montault. Finally, it was bequeathed by Melle Isaure de Montault to her nephew, the Baron d'Etchegoyen.

The Revolution spread to Doudeville but the chateau emerged relatively unscathed. Complete restoration of the chateau was carried out by Count Mniszech, husband of a certain Melle de Montault in 1880. During the First World War (1914-1918) chateau was occupied by regiments of Scottish and English soldiers.

In 1943 Galleville suffered damages during World War II, not by bombs but by a fire started by the Germans who were occupying the site. At the end of the war, a whole section of the chateau was in ruins. The Baron d'Etchegoyen rapidly set about repairing the damage — the building works would last eight years but restored the chateau to its former glory. Today Château de Galleville is open to the public.



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Founded: 1678
Category: Castles and fortifications in France


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Said Mohamedi (34 days ago)
Magnificent fireworks for August 15
Gerald Costy (40 days ago)
great place The August 14 fireworks were fired from this location
MICKAEL DESCHAMPS (13 months ago)
Nice place for a nice walk. The reception is most surprising: a mailbox and a message asking us to put 5€ in it: you pay if you want, no one will check! a very pretty, but very brief leaflet orients you in the park, but I regret the lack of information on the different species and the history of the castle.
lucia cardoso (14 months ago)
very beautiful castle and splendid garden
Carla de koning (2 years ago)
Visited during Journee Patrimoine. Normally you can also look inside, but this castle was affected by a major leak and was just being restored. It is a private domain of 35 (!!) ha. Particularly well maintained. The owners who acted as hostess/host were most cordial and provided, if requested, a lot of information. The garden was beautifully landscaped and maintained. Back next year to check it out
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