Chateau de Boutemont, Calvados visitors guide
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The Chateau de Boutemont is a charming chateau built around three sides of a courtyard and looking out over a formal pond and lovely gardens. The chateau is in the village of Ouilly-le-Vicomte in Normandy. The gardens have been awarded "Remarkable Garden" status.
Explore the Chateau de Boutemont and its gardens
Your first vision of the Chateau de Boutemont is of the beautiful clock tower at the centre of the medieval style chateau seen from the end of a beautiful alley lined with trees, a box hedge and white roses. Magnificent!
Walking through the clock tower and in to the courtyard you get your first view of the beautiful chateau / manor house in its entirety. With its ground floor made of stone and brick and a half-timbered upper floor all topped by a deep terracotta-tiled roof it really is very lovely.
The courtyard looks out over the gardens and particularly over a large formal pond. Walk to the far end of the pond for the best views of the chateau.
The Chateau de Boutemont itself is not open to the public but you can walk all round the lovely gardens. These are largely in a French style with lots of topiaries and in an Italian style with geometric box hedges and Tuscan inspired planting including yew topiaries, trellised magnolias and lots of pots.
Other parts of the garden include modern touches such as a "wave of box hedging and an alley of conical yew trees interspersed with large vase-shaped pots of flowering plants. All around the garden you not only have different views of the chateau but also various pretty buildings such as the chapel and the orangery.
Not many parts of the garden are given over to flower beds but there are some and also a potager.
Whilst the chateau looks more like a beautiful manor house than a fortified castle it does have various defences including a moat, which is now dry, and a drawbridge.
Interestingly the chateau was built following the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The castle was one of many built at this time by newly appointed Norman lords as a base from where to conquer and manage their new English lands! The castle changed over the years and the current castle dates to the 16 and 17th centuries and the gardens were added in the early 20th century.
During the Second World War the Chateaud de Boutemont was a Gestapo headquarters and various Resistance fighters were interrogated here. It also served as a hospital for German and English (after liberation) soldiers.
In later happier times the chateau was rented by a director of Olympia who invited friends to stay at the chateau including Charles Aznavour.
Places to visit nearby
The Chateau de Boutemont is close to Lisieux which is worth a visit to see its stunning Basilica. It is an important pilgrim town dedicated to Saint Teresa. It is also close to Le Bec Hellouin which is a most beautiful village with lots of pretty half-timber buildings.
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Boutemont: remarkable garden
- Parc zoologique de Lisieux: zoo or wildlife park (7 km)
- Touques: ville fleurie 4* (19 km)
- Beuvron: most beautiful village (19 km)
- Orbec: town of art and history (23 km)
- Honfleur: recommended detour (26 km)
- Cabourg: ville fleurie 4* (27 km)
- Pont-Audemer: recommended detour (28 km)
- Jardins du château de Vendeuvre: remarkable garden (31 km)
- Le Havre: town of art and history (35 km)
- Pegasus Bridge: site of natural beauty (36 km)
- Abbey of Bec-Hellouin: national monument (37 km)
The French version of this page is at Chateau de Boutemont (Francais)