Acquigny and its environs

- To extend your stay -

Acquigny, located 1 hour from Paris, Versailles, Chartres, Deauville and Dieppe, invites you on days’ visit of discovery.

Cultural visits

Follow up your visit to the park with an exploration of the village of Acquigny and its rich history, and take advantage of a series of tours through the surrounding

Acquigny, a stroll in a Norman village

The square de l’Eglise Saint Cecile, surrounded by the chateau’s outbuildings, the rectory, and the girls’ and boys’ schools, is a beautiful example of the style of the 18th century.  The Saint Cecelia Church and its neoclassical facade as well as the Baroque interior decoration, is of an exceptional quality.

The main street of the village is bordered by old pink brick houses as well as the Saint Martin Mill. Next to the bakery is a typical thatched cottage with flowers on the roof and the old half-timbered ferryman’s house with the iron support on the chimney decorated with the letters ALS, which was situated next to the gate at the entrance to the chateau before the bridge was built in 1849.

Numerous artisans specializing in fine arts and crafts work in the Eure Valley, and particularly in Acquigny: Marie de Biasio, Decorator and François Jaillette, Best Artisan in France, Restorer of Ceramic Art.

Along the main street of the village are three pedestrian trails that allow visitors to discover the village and the area around it:

  • Circuit des Etangs  (The Pond Trail) : 13.5 km (8.4 miles)/3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Circuit du Bois Ricard (Ricard woods trail):  13 km (8 miles)/3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Au fil de Becdal (Becdal trail): 12 km (7.5 miles)/3 hours

The Seine-Eure hiking guide is available upon request at the Seine-Eure Tourist office, and are available for download on the Vert Bois website.

The Royal Eure Valley

Louviers: L’Eglise Notre Dame, 12th-16th centuries, with its exceptional Flamboyant Gothic-style porch, as well as its Renaissance stained-glass windows, created by Raoult de Nimègue and Enguerrand Leprince, and the only cloister on the water in all of Europe.

Pont-de-l’Arche: Our Lady of the Arts Church, in the Flamboyant Gothic style, and its stained-glass windows (1605), as well as the Abbey of Bonport.

Château d’Anet: Henri II asked Philibert de l’Orme to build the castle in 1547 for  Diane de Poitiers.

Old Guainville Castle: An Anglo-Norman castle on French territory from the 12th century.

Château de Maintenon: A château from the 12th-17th centuries, and its gardens, designed by Le Nôtre. The gardens have just been restored for Le Nôtre’s 400th birthday.

The Neubourg Plateau

Le Bec-Hellouin:  “One of the most beautiful villages in France” with the Abbey Notre-Dame du Bec founded in 1035 by Herluin.

Harcourt Arboretum: Created in 1826 around the mound on which the castle is constructed, and containing 500 varieties of trees.

Château du Champ de Bataille: A 17th century chateau, large furnished apartments, formal gardens.

Evreux and the Pays d’Ouche

Evreux: The Romanesque and Gothic cathedral dates to the 10th-13th centuries. Its 13th-16th-century windows are among the most beautiful in France and are colored with the famous “Evreux Yellow” (Jaune d’Evreux), invented in the 14th century in Evreux, and its large contemporary organ. There is also the museum in the old Episcopal palace.

Conches: The Eglise Sainte Foy (13th 14th and 16th centuries), the fortress and its donjon (11th century) the Saint-Jaques, the old abbey (11th, 15th 17th centuries) the glass museum, which houses stained glass windows by François Décorchemont.

Bernay: “City of Art and History”, the Abbatiale Notre-Dame de Bernay (11th and 17th centuries) is one of the most venerable Romanesque edifices in Normandy , The Eglise Sainte Croix, (15th century) the Basilique Notre Dame de la Couture (15th century), and the Hotel de la Gabelle (18th century).

The Château de Beaumesnil : A furnished Louis XIII château. The Binding Museum is on the first floor and displays one of the most important private collections of antique books in the world.

The Seine Valley

Château de Gaillon : This chateau, the first Renaissance chateau built in France, was built by Cardinal Georges of Amboise, one of the people responsible for the introduction of the artistic Renaissance to France, as well as Louis XII’s chancellor.

Les Andelys: Its churches, the Nicolas Poussin Museum, the banks of the Seine, and the 12th century Château-Gaillard fortress with a beautiful view of the Seine.

Giverny: Claude Monet’s House and Garden, and Impressionist Museum.

Vernon: the Collégiale Notre-Dame ( 11th, 13th, 14th et 15th siècles), The Château de Bizy and its Gardens: furnished chateau, 18th-19th centuries, magnificent view of the fountains constructed in 1740 in the courtyard of honor.

Château de La Roche-Guyon: Situated in “One of the most beautiful villages in France”, it was the property of the Silly family, who transformed the medieval fortress into a residence. Louis de Silly, Lord of Roche-Guyon, and his wife Anne de Montmorency Laval built Acquigny Castle.

Haute-Isle Cave Church: One of the few churches entirely housed in a cave in France, with rare and astonishing architecture.

Vétheuil: Rural village in a bend of the Seine, bordered by white cliffs. The church, with its large staircase, dominates the village. Claude Monet lived here, and his wife, Camille Doncieux, is buried in the old cemetery.

Rouen: The Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Saint Ouen Abbey, the Saint Maclou Church, the Palais de Justice (Norman Parliament building), the Vieux-Marché Square, the contemporary Jeanne d’Arc Church with 16th century windows, the historic center of Rouen, and its museums: the Fine Arts Museum, Le Secq des Tournelles Museum (the largest ironworks museum), the Ceramic Museum…

The Andelle Valley

Notre Dame de Fontaine Guérard Abbey: Romantic park on the banks of the Andelle around the ruins of the abbey, which was founded around 1190 and is a beautiful example of Anglo-Norman Gothic architecture.

Lyons la Forêt Village: “One of the most beautiful villages in France”, built around the feudal mound, with its 18th century covered market surrounded by old pink-brick or half-timbered houses.

Mortemer Abbey: The remarkable ruins of the abbey, which was constructed in a pastoral environment in the heart of the Lyons’ forest in 1134 at the request of Henry I Beauclerc, Duke of Normandy, King of England and fourth son of William the Conqueror.

Château de Fleury-la-Forêt: Furnished 17th century castle, it contains the Old Doll Museum, surrounded by the furniture of the time.

Leisure Activities

Pedestrian circuits

  • Circuit des Etangs (pond trail): 13.5 km (8.4 miles)/3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Circuit du Bois Ricard (Ricard Wood trail):  13 km (8 miles)/3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Au fil de Becdal (Becdal Trail): 12 km (7.5 miles)/3 hours

The Seine-Eure hiking guide is available upon request at the Seine-Eure Tourist office, and are available for download on the Vert Bois website.

Canoe, Kayak, and bike rental

Le Voltig’Eure: Tree Climbing Adventure Park , 9 acrobatic obstacle courses of different levels in the trees of the Forest of Bord in Louviers.

Caséo Aquatic Complex: An aquatic and relaxation space in Louviers.

Léry Poses Leisure Center: water sports, golf.

Horseback riding: Bord-Louviers Stables in Louviers.

Ultralight aviation: L’Eure de l’ULM  in Saint Aquilin de Pacy.

18-hole golf

Three Lakes Golf at Léry Poses

PGA France Golf of Vaudreuil

Champ de Bataille Golf at Le Neubourg

Cruises on the Seine at Poses

Other leisure activities

Eure Valley Railway: In the heart of the Eure Valley, on board a steam train, one discovers the beauty of the landscapes and the villages.

Biotropica: Tropical greenhouse with animals in Val de Reuil

Your gourmet market

Clet Cellar and Workshops: Wine, Champagne and liquor tasting and classes, fine groceries, in Louviers (6 km, 3.7 miles)

The lively wednsday morning market at le Neubourg….

Les Noës Farm: Apple products, cider, and foie gras, in Saint Aubin sur Gaillon (17 km, 10.6 miles)

Mesnil-Jourdain Orchards: Apple and pear juice, honey and honey products, jams (6 km, 3.7 miles)

Elise’s Goat Farm: Goat cheese, in Le Plessis Hébert (25 km, 15.5 miles)

Restaurants

In Acquigny

L’Hostellerie d’Acquigny: gastronomic cuisine 02 32 50 20 05

La Chaumière: traditional cuisine 02 32 50 20 54

La Casbah: oriental cuisine

Under 15 minutes by car

L’Atelier de Jacques: sophisticated and inventive cuisine, Saint Aubin sur Gaillon (17 km, 10.6 miles) 02 32 54 06 33

Le Pré St-Germain: traditional cuisine, Louviers (6 km, 3.7 miles) 02 32 40 48 48

Le Cheval Blanc: traditional cuisine, La Croix Saint Leuffroy (10 km, 6.2 miles) 02 32 34 82 86

La Ferme de la Haute-Crémonville: traditional cuisine, Saint Etienne du Vauvray (12 km, 7.5 miles) 02 32 59 14 22

Les Deux Sapins: traditional cuisine, Cailly (7 km, 4.3 miles) 02 32 67 75 13

Hotel Saint Pierre: traditional cuisine, Saint-Pierre-du Vauvray (12 km, 7.5 miles) 02 32 59 93 29

Le Moulin de Connelles: gastronomic cuisine, Connelles (12 km, 7.5 miles) 02 32 59 53 33

Le Manoir de Surville: seasonal, local fine cuisine, Surville (7 km, 4.3 miles) 07 61 61 44 55

Accommodations

In Acquigny

Rooms and Bed and Breakfasts

Mr. And Mrs. Natier: 06 76 24 66 51

La Roseraie: Mrs. Heullant, 06 33 39 84 55

Hostellerie d’Acquigny: 02 32 50 20 05

Le Vieux Logis: Valérie and José Collet de Oliveira, 06 98 92 43 68

Les gîtes: La p’Tite Maison and la Bergerie, Mr. And Mrs. Manchon, 06 28 07 48 48

Under 20 minutes by car

Rooms and Bed and Breakfasts

Mr. Koning : Louviers, 06 03 91 67 99

La Foulonnière, Marie-Lorraine and Olivier Hibon, Louviers, 06 06 77 90 24

La Chaiserie: Michèle and Eric Deleu, La Croix-Saint-Leufroy, 06 89 68 27 89

Le Champ de l’être: La Croix-Saint-Leufroy, 06 13 88 08 42

Château d’Argeronne: Mrs Martin-Lavigne, La Haye Malherbe, 06 21 82 36 86

Le Manoir de la Houlette: Saint Pierre du Vauvray, 06 71 80 27 71

Les Jardins de l’Aulnaie: Eliane and Michel Philippe, Fontaine-sous-Jouy.

Le Clos de Mondétour: Aude and Grégoire Jeanson, Fontaine-sous-Jouy, 06 71 13 11 57

La Ferme des Isles: Sophie and François Breban, Autheuil-Autouillet, 06 63 46 00 45

Le Logis du Moulin: Elisabeth and Franck Lamblardy, Fontaine-sous-Jouy, 06 87 77 44 47

Château d’Emalleville: Arnaud and Frédérique Tourtoulou, rooms at the château, Emalleville, 06 14 49 24 20

Hotels

Le Moulin de Connelles: Connelles, 02 32 59 53 33

Le Manoir de Surville: Mr. And Mrs. Roussel, Surville, 07 61 61 44 55

Hotel Le Pré Saint-Germain: Louviers, 02 32 40 48 48

Val de Reuil Hotel Center: First Class, Fasthotel, Balladins, Mercure, Best Hotel

Château Corneille: Vieux Villez, 02 32 77 44 77

Information

- EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE PARK AND THE GARDENS OF THE CHÂTEAU -

Access

by car

GPS Details : 49.173 ; 1.187
Michelin Road Map, 304 Local, flod G6
A154 : exit Acquigny
A 13 : exit Louviers n°18
Info viamichelin or google maps

by train

Train stations: Evreux, Rouen and Val de Reuil

By bus

From Rouen and Evreux : http://www.vtni27.fr/

Opening hours

From the first Sunday of April to the last Sunday of October :

Weekends and Holidays 2 pm - 6 pm

From July 1st to August 31st: :

Everyday 2 pm -7 pm

Guided Tour around the Château at 3 pm and 4:30 pm

Plan at least one hour and 45 minutes to enjoy the beauty of the gardens. Two hours and a half is ideal.

You can visit the park and gardens, the “Salon du Midi”, the Orangery and and the cider-press house.

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