Château de la Coutûre, ImblevilleChâteau de la Coutûre, Imbleville
©Château de la Coutûre, Imbleville, from the GR212|Terroir de Caux Tourisme

Castles, Manors and Mansions

Passion for heritage

The Terroir of Caux is rich in a built heritage shaped by history and tradition. From civil constructions to religious buildings, history can be read through the architecture. Most of the buildings are closed to the public, but from the streets and hiking trails, you can admire them without difficulty. Thus castles, manors, farmhouses, dovecotes, mills, houses and villas, town halls, churches, calvaries, invite you to read in their stones as in open books…


Over the castles

Many castles are hidden behind the trees of the huge estates of some towns. Fortunately, some are revealed for the pleasure of the eyes, offering to the gaze their often polychrome architecture thanks to the use of various materials (sandstone, flint, brick,…).

Even if only vestiges remain,the Gauthier Giffard Castle in Longueville-sur-Scie is worth the detour, with its tree-lined park that will allow you to take a nature break in the heart of history! Continue with the ruins of the château de Torcy-Le-Grand and its conservatory orchard to go back in time to medieval times!

The Château de la Coutûre in Imbleville, also known as the Pearl of the Saâne, opens its water gardens to you every summer to admire it up close, unless you take advantage of a hike on the GR 212 to observe it!

The castle of Bosmelet, in Auffay, is open to the public, and will allow you in addition to the park and garden, to discover its interiors and the sumptuous Alain Germain collection: paintings, costume designs, stage furniture and elements of Opera sets.


Manor houses and mansions

Stay in an authentic Cauchois Manor by booking a night at the Manoir de Tessy! This establishment labeled Gîte de France will allow you to discover in Ouville-la-Rivière a beautiful building surrounded by its farm buildings, an arboretum and a superb pigeon house!

The Manoir de Gourel, built in the 15th century, is the most famous of the territory. Located in the hamlet that bears the same name in Brachy, it proudly displays its massive sandstone towers exclusive material used for its facade, which gives it a certain originality. In Brachy, you will see other very beautiful buildings, once owned by the bosses of the flourishing industry in the nineteenth century on the banks of the Saâne and of which also remain the sheds of old factories.


Farmhouses and Clos Masures

Like any self-respecting rural country, the territory is of course full of imposing farmhouses whose architecture is characteristic of the region thanks to the use of vernacular materials, which brings on certain farmhouses a polychromy worthy of manors and castles, as shown by the magnificent example of the Ferme de Longueil.

The typical farm buildings offer beautiful compositions as at the Clos de L’Aiglerie in Bacqueville en Caux. The Clos masure or Cour masure, a typical and unique configuration of the Cauchoises farms, is a set of farm buildings spread over a space closed by ditches, tree alignments (usually beech trees).. The buildings found there are most often the farm buildings and dwellings as at the farm of Tourelles d’Auppegard which is a beautiful example.


Civil Buildings

As far as civil heritage is concerned, our territory is not outdone, since some of our communes have a very rich History. In addition to the remains of strongholds as in Lammerville, the architecture of our villages has original features that are worth a visit.

The town hall of Luneray and the town hall of Auffay (Val-de-Scie), built on former halls, are beautiful examples of civil architecture, as well as the one of Bacqueville-en-Caux, whose dimensions are worthy of a town hall. The town hall of Gruchet-Saint-Siméon, like that of Val-de-Saâne, was installed it, in the former presbytery of the town. That of Gueures, has taken up residence in the old station. The small town hall of Lestanville, is quite recent. Until 1994, the Mayor had to exercise his functions at his own home!

A Lammerville as in Longueil, the restoration of former carters now allows the use of very beautiful municipal facilities, the first with a village hall with country charm and the second with an exhibition hall in the heart of the communal marsh.


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