Le Manoir d'Argouges

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Australia75 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Very disappointed when the tour of the Manor just didn't happen on the Tuesday 3rd sept 10.30am sharp. There were six couples waiting on the property till 10.45 when a French gentleman rang the owner to see what was happening with the tour. The owner was in Paris and there would obviously be no tour happening.
It was annoying that there was nothing on his Website regarding his unavailability.
The caller also added this was his third attempt to see the Manor. Strongly advise call first to confirm if the owner will be there as he doesn't consider the distances people travel etc.
Written 3 September 2019
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Badminton, UK4 contributions
A unique and memorable visit
Apr 2018 • Couples
The Manoir d'Argouges is a fascinating building dating from the 15th century. It has been partially restored by the owner, Bertrand Levasseur and his wife Laure. They are a most charming couple and Bertrand showed us round and shared his passion with us. He has an excellent command of English and we enjoyed his many anecdotes as we toured the Manoir.

The building is impressive and the restoration has been carefully executed with immense attention to detail, although there is still much to do.

I was particularly impressed by the huge pigionaire which could hold up to 3500 pigeons, a sign of great wealth; and the wonderful ancient fireplaces which were all original.

This is not a usual tourist site and is completely uncommercialised. The restoration of the building is an ongoing labour of love. The visit has left a lasting impression on us. Thank you Bertrand and Laure.
Written 28 April 2018
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Normandy , France6 contributions
A Lovely Surprise
Jun 2017 • Couples
If , like me, you want to have the privilege of visiting a 1000 year old Norman manor , with the owner of this manor as your very interesting guide , then this is definitely for you.
He speaks fluent english , so don't worry about your french !

It's only 10 minutes from Bayeux.. Put "Manoir d'Argouges , 14400 Vaux sur Aure" into your GPS or Google Maps & away you go.

I made the effort to be there for 10.30 on a sunny Monday morning , & it was well worth it. ( There is a guided visit Tuesday mornings also 10.30am
reservation not necessary). A lovely surprise off the beaten track :)
Written 2 July 2017
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Corinne R
San Francisco, CA12 contributions
A Unique Experience
Jun 2017 • Friends
The visit to the Manoir d'Argouges is unlike any other. The owner, Bertrand Levasseur, shares his love of the manor and its history and restoration which is he has undertaken over the last 34 years. What a work of love and dedication! It is definitely worth a visit to see a manoir that is almost 800 years old and to meet Monsieur Levasseur.
Written 27 June 2017
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Wichita, KS326 contributions
Beautiful chateau under rehabilitation
Sep 2015 • Couples
Manoir d'Argouges is the oldest chateau in Normandy. It has sat empty since the 1600s and the proprietor felt it in his heart in the 1980s to purchase it and begin the long journey of rehabilitation. It is a labor of love, without a doubt. He and his wife are painstakingly restoring it using original methods and materials, taking care to obtain materials dating to the time the chateau would have been built. It is a fascinating story and a beautiful building. The grounds are lovely as well, and are home to a remarkable dovecote, which in its hey-day, was home to 5,000-6,000 pigeons. Tours run at 10:30am, sharp. We happened to be the only visitors that day, and the owner spoke wonderful english. We really enjoyed the estate, the owner, and the tour. Our only caveat, and perhaps this was a cultural difference, was that the ower brought up the massive costs of restoration multiple times, in a method that seemed like a sales-pitch. That wore on us after a while. Other than that, it was a wonderful visit. Go, check it out for yourselves, and perhaps get a taste of the mulled wine that is authentically produced on the estate according to authentic, medieval methods.
Written 2 October 2015
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Owen W
Berkeley Vale, Australia19 contributions
A passionate rescue in progress.
Sep 2014 • Couples
A serendipitous choice made to explore this Manoir was made without prior knowledge. Arriving in the beautiful location we were struck by the antiquity of this place. Our host and tour guide was the owner and a more passionate and knowledgeable host would be hard to find. His ongoing love for Manoir d'Argouges is reflected in every piece of work and collection inside and outside the buildings. The entrance price was well worth the time Bertrand took to explain everything in English and in French. There were six people in our group and all of us wished we had a few spare million Euros to contribute to the rescue of this stately manor.
It is not, like other castles and chateau we have visited, beautiful and elegant. It is, rather, truly authentic and valuable. The furniture, decor, artwork and bric a brac are often dusty and not in the best repair, but reflect a lifetime commitment and in some cases a great sense of humour.
We would have loved to have bought the book Bertrand has written about the Manoir, but it has not been translated into English.
We really enjoyed the honesty of this whole experience. It certainly contrasted with the other chateaus we have visited. It is really worthwhile adding Manoir D'Argouges to your Bayeux experience.
Written 4 October 2014
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Tony G
Huntingdon, UK3 contributions
Do not miss this wonderful Manor
Sep 2014 • Couples
My wife and I recently visited the Manor, not quite knowing what to expect as guided tours had to start at 10:30 “on the dot” (as stated in the brochure). However, what followed was a guided tour, quite unlike anything we had experienced before. We (and just four others) were made extremely welcome by the owner (M. Levasseur) who gave the most fulsome description of the long history of the manor including all the problems of restoring an ancient building, with little or no assistance or support from the French State. Apparently, at the age of eight, he told his parents that “one day I will own a castle”, a determination and passion unusual at such a tender age and which still drives him now

The manor itself is a beautiful building, parts of which date back to the middle ages. It is set in an atmospheric location and is surrounded by a moat. Ancient outbuildings and the ruins of an old chapel stand in the grounds outside the moat. Inside the manor the restorations that have been completed are of a high standard and complement the building as a whole. Thankfully, the owners are not taking the interiors back to the 17th century, They are preserving what is there but also allowing the 21st century to become part of the history of the building. It was also a delight to sit in comfort in their home and wander around the rooms as M. Levasseur told his story.

There is clearly still much work to be done, but M. Levasseur and his wife are obviously committed to restoring and preserving the Manor for future generations to enjoy, so please help them by visiting and, perhaps by buying a bottle of their excellent wine, Elixir d' Argouges.
Written 10 September 2014
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1 contribution
This Manor is very special
Jun 2013
Definately worth visiting , A beautiful Manor set in lovely grounds, the owner made us feel very welcome and gave us the guided tour who is so passionate about the Argouges manor and spent time explaining to us in detail the History and legends of the place .. Would go and visit again
Written 4 June 2013
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