The Castle of Harcourt and its arboretum
Harcourt Castle is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Normandy. Today owned by the Eure Department Council, it is a good example of the evolution of military architecture in the region. Originally built of earth and wood, this seat of the Harcourt family became, in the 12th century, a stone built castle. Its battlements, its 12th & 13th century towers are a fine example of Norman médiéval military architecture. The arboretum on the estate, created in 1840 by Louis Gervais Delamane, is considered the oldest in France. It contains, over an area of 11 ha more than 3,000 trees belonging to 470 different varieties.
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A signposted path lets you discover the more remarkable specimens of the Harcourt arboretum: two 200 years old Lebanese Cedars, five one hundred years old ginkgos biloba, many giant sequoias and many other rare botanic specimens, such as: the "Wig Tree" with bearded branches or the twisted beeches, for example.
Near Harcourt Castle, you will appreciate "Le Logis" inn for its 12 quiet and spacious rooms furnished with antique furniture and its nice dining room. The Chef, Alain Depoix, cooks an up to date cuisine founded on local produce with a subtle modern touch. Set menus 19.50 € (for lunch), 29 and 55 € + à la carte. Rooms from 84 to 150 €. Breakfast : 12 €.
1 place Saint Denis - 27800 Brionne
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