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Chateau de Terre Neuve
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The castle was built for Nicolas Rapin in the late sixteenth century. The facade decorated with terracotta muses from the eighteenth century and the porch, illustrate the influences of the Poitevin nobility in the sixteenth up to the eitghteenth century. The lobby, with its many art objects: miniature, keys, weapons, eighteenth clothing, pottery ... and a magnificent sedan chair of the eighteenth. Then the eighteenth furniture and paintings by few well known masters. The large living room is dominated by a fireplace designed by Philibert Delorme, the carved and gilded wooden pediment was realized for the first of Moliere's Bourgeois Gentilhomme before Louis XIV in Chambord. The small living room is decorated with beautiful oak woodwork Louis XVI garlands. The dining room is under the aegis of Francis I, with two doors from Chambord opening onto a huge fireplace. Georges Simenon lived here between 1941 and 1943 and received his friends Jean Tissier and painter Maurice de Vlaminck.
Reviewed 9 August 2018

The owner has done a marvellous job in the continuation of restoration of the ground floor rooms. Plenty to see and the guided tour took around one and a half hours. Group,size depends on arrivals, and ours was around 20 including 4 young children who also enjoyed their visit. If majority are French, then the tour will be in French, but with comprehensive notes provided to English. Worked very well.
The guide gave some commentary in English and welcomed questions.
Free parking. Adult entry 9.50 Euros. Gift shop and small museum.

Thank terry99
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We spent about an hour and a half enjoying this eclectic country manor house with an interior mostly salvaged from other houses, which made for a unique look with some interesting highlights. Enjoyable for a rainy afternoon, charming staff and a tour in english. Quite a few stairs and gravel, so not ideal for a wheelchair or pushchair, but the staff were very accommodating. Delighted to meet the owner and hear about some of the challenges of increasing the appeal with further development for visitors.

2  Thank catrionakempston
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

This small manor house is worth a visit if you are in the area, but doesn't have anything for children. We had a tour in french but had a folder with English translation; the tours are every half an hour, and you cannot visit on your own. There are rooms with interesting furniture, paintings etc.

Thank auntanduncle
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

This chateau is a bit out of the way but well worth the extra effort. The exterior is lovely. The inside was less sumptuous but there were a few gems. It's history goes back to 1580 when land was given to Rapin by Henri IV to build his house. Much resotration was carried out by Octave de Rochebrune. A lot of the architectural elements were taken from other chateaux.

The visit is only possible with a guide and, as far as we could tell, only in French. So it was a good listening comprehension exercise for us. Only the ground floor rooms were open to the public. We were not allowed to take photos because of theft. Perhaps thieves disguised themselves as visitors to case the joint. We saw photos of two valuable-looking clocks which were stolen a couple of years. Such a pity as I would have loved to take photos of the dining room ceiling and also the fabulous chimney.

C’était une visite guidé agréable par un guide sympa et compétent. Les commentaires étaient clairs et instructifs sur l'histoire du château. On a bien informé des œuvres d’Octave de Rochebrune. C’était dommage que, en raison de vol, on ne pouvait plus prendre photos d’intérieur. Il y avait de continus intéressants; on a très apprécié l'épée japonaise et la cheminée alchimique.

A recommander!

Thank Pibochen
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Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

I visited here today with my husband. A very lovely girl brought us on the tour which is in French however she gave us a booklet explaining the story in English. She also took the time to talk in English to us and made us feel very welcome. It's a wonderful castle with different styles of architecture and beautiful furnishings inside from various centuries. The story of the families who built it and who own it now was fascinating. We enjoyed the whole experience - Thank you from Les Irlandaise

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