Located across the road from Chateau St. Germain De Livet is St Germain De Livet Village Church. Built in the 19th century, I went for a look, but found the doors closed. Some old and newer graves were in the Cemetery.
On arrival at this Chateau, we decided that we would like to do the inside tour of the Chateau.
A Gentleman led us over the Moat and into the Courtyard where the outside of the buildings was explained.
We then went inside, and visited all the rooms on one side of the Chateau.
The Guards' room was very old, decorated with Renaissance Frescoes. In other rooms, furniture was "Ebony," which is a really dark wood. There were paintings, statues, antiques and much more to view.
In one room, were lots of taxidermed Birds and Animals, in another, an small Puppet theatre, I wondered if groups were able to watch a Puppet Show. The fire-places in the Chateau were enormous, I don't think I have ever seen such large ones, I guess they kept warm!
The Chateau was "not over the top" inside like we saw later, but one that gave an insight to how they lived in the Chateau in that era.
Washroom's are located in the building by the entry gate.
ADMISSION IN 2011 was ....Adults 6.90 euros.
Guided tours every day from 11.00am to 6.00pm except Tuesdays.
Departing from Lisieux by car, we followed the signs along a pretty countryside road to the Chateau.
Wow! What a picture card Chateau I saw, it was gorgeous!
Now, this is what I expected a Chateau to look like!
The Chateau is built in a two-toned pink/cream brick from the end of the 16th century. It has two Turrets, and inner courtyard, a half-timbered manor. A covered gallery is decorated in Renaissance murals.
Around the outside is a beautiful Moat which is fed from a tributary of the River Touques. It is here where some Swans and their Cygnet's were feeding on the weeds.
I walked around the path as far as I could go, and found an area where the wind wasn't blowing so I could get some nice reflection photo's.
This Chateau has been owned by the town of Lisieux since 1958.
It is FREE TO WANDER THE GARDENS, but there is an admission charge for inside the Chateau which includes a guided tour.
OPEN......Guided tours every day from 11.00am to 6.00pm except Tuesdays.
ADMISSION IN 2011 [Includes tour] ......Adults ....6.9 euros
NO CHARGE THE 1st SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH
Closed for Annual Holidays - 1st October to 15th October, 1st December to 31st January and 1st May.