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Visitor's Guide: Toulouse

Château de Merville

Unique in Europe
  • Neighborhood: Outside the City
  • Category: Castles, Palaces & Historic Buildings
  • Hours: Mo to Su from 10:30 AM to 07:30 PM
  • Accessible for persons with disabilities: yes


This is the most interesting château to visit in the region, not so much for the architecture (although it is a handsome specimen of typical local architecture) as for the wonderful gardens and decorated rooms. They are a rare and perfectly preserved example of 18th-century style. The entrance fee includes a guided tour of five small reception rooms, which feature a rare group of 17th and 18th-century tapestries, portraits of the Chalvet family (they've owned the château for three centuries), 18th-century and Regency furniture, and an odd "Chinese room". The château is really more the size of a mansion; it has an atmosphere of intimacy and well-being. You are then free to wander through the box garden. It is unique in Europe, and includes 6 kilometers of box hedges and a maze. The towns nearby, Merville and Lespinasse, are charming little villages with typical "clocher-mur" churches to see. For timings call ahead.

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