Balleroy Travel Guide

  • Main Street from Chateau Entrance
    Main Street from Chateau Entrance
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  • At the back of the house.
    At the back of the house.
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    Beautiful trees
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    First impressions 4 more images

    by ranger49 Written Sep 16, 2009

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    Photography is not permitted inside the Chateau which is built to a scale or two smaller that similar properties.
    It is absolutely packed with art treasures of all descriptions including many portraits, 18th and 19th C painting as well as more recnt works.
    There are collections of china , clocks, books, objetsd'arts collected not only by former French occupants but by the Forbes family as well as much memorabilia of the latter.

    I think we were very fortunate to have had a personally conducted tour by such a charming and interesting guide.

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    by Mikebond Updated Dec 16, 2005

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    The castle, finished in 1631, was one of the first works by Fran?ois Mansart, the architect who gave his name to the mansard. It is still inhabited, therefore some rooms cannot be visited. A part of the castle hosts the Mus?e des Ballons (see the next tip).
    The gardens were designed by the famous landscape architect Andr? le N?tre, who operated a lot in the Parisian region. He is the author of the Versailles gardens and of the Tuileries in Paris. There is also a small church close to the castle, but I think it isn't open.

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    • Castles and Palaces

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    the street to the castle 2 more images

    by Mikebond Updated Dec 16, 2005

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    Balleroy offers one of the first examples of town planning in France. Actually, the castle wasn't built in the existing village; on the contrary, the streets start from the castle.

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