Château de Merville

Merville, France

The Château de Merville was built in 1743 by Henri Auguste de Chalvet, the descendant of Mathieu de Chalvet who had bought in 1575 rights to the land of Merville. The large park of 40 hectares extends around the castle and is listed by Remarkable Gardens of France.

 

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Founded: 1743
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France

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Xiang Zhao (3 years ago)
Great place for children, recommended especially for Easter
Claire Nurc (4 years ago)
Easter egg hunt was fun and well organised
Elena Joland (5 years ago)
Nice
Ursula Emirates (5 years ago)
beautiful labyrinth in the park and fun day for kids
Mohamed Yazid ALLALI (5 years ago)
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
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