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Guernsey : Hauteville House

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 Visit Hauteville House in Guernsey : where Victor Hugo lived in exile, from 1855 to 1870.


In May 1856, thanks to the success of his Contemplations, Victor Hugo bought Hauteville House in Guernsey, a large building with a garden in the heights of Saint Peter Port. As an enthusiastic collector of second-hand furniture and bric-à-brac, he spent many months overseeing a major conversion giving this unique building, worthy of his literary work, an inner force and mystery.

The guided tour allows to discover the different rooms of the house :
Ground floor : the billiard room, the tapestry room, the smoking room, the china corridor, the dining room.
First floor : the blue and the red drawing rooms.
Second floor : the library, the oak gallery.
Third floor : Victor Hugo’s study and bedroom.

 

Hauteville House is nowadays as Victor Hugo saw it for the last time in 1878 or almost … Thanks to the filial devotion of the poet’s heirs who religiously looked after the house before offering it to everybody, thanks to the constant investment of the City of Paris who gratefully accepted the exceptional donation in 1927, the spell is not broken. In order to be able to continue to welcome each season many visitors* who come to Guernsey while protecting the very same decor in which the poet lived for more than 20 years, some rules have been established and as the guardians of the preservation of this patrimony, we all have to make sure to respect them.

OPENING HOURS :

April to the end of September, Monday to Saturday (including French and local bank holidays) :

12.00 noon to 4.00 pm (last admittance) in APRIL.
10.00 am to 4.00 pm (last admittance) from MAY to SEPTEMBER.

• CLOSING DAY : Sunday.
• GUIDED TOURS ONLY.
• GROUPS STRICTLY LIMITED TO 10 PEOPLE : For security reasons and to preserve the collections tours are strictly limited to 10 people.
• LENGTH : 1 hour.
• LANGUAGE : French, English, German and Spanish.
• HANDICAPPED PERSONS : Built in the XIXth century Hauteville House is a three storey building with a 58 steps central staircase. The decoration created by Victor Hugo and some of the narrow passages in the house imply difficult or limited access for people with disabilities.
Specific tours can be done upon previous demand. Please contact the booking service.
• BOOKING :
Booking recommanded for individuals.
Prior reservation is required for groups (8 people and above).
The booking can be done by internet at the following address : hugohouse@cwgsy.net
Or by phone : +44 (0) 1481 721 911 or by phone : +44(0) 1481 715 913
• FARES :
Full price (£7) : adults.
Reduced price (£5) : over 60, holders of the Large Family Card, teachers, unwaged.
Young people (£4) : aged 14 to 26 years old (included).
Free : up to 13 years old (included), disabled persons and their helpers.
Scholar groups : £1 per person (pupils and teachers).
• PAYMENT :
On entry, before the beginning of the tour. Deferred payment is not accepted.
In pounds only, by cash or credit cards, by cheque payable to : The administrator of Hauteville House

Hauteville House, 38 Hauteville, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1DG, Channel Islands. 
Director : Gérard Audinet. Curator : Ralph-Samuel Grossmann. 
Administrator : Odile Blanchette. 
Tel. : +44 (0)1481 721 911 Fax: +44 (0) 1481 715 913 
Email : hugohouse@cwgsy.net

More info (in French)

 

THE GARDEN
In 2002, on the occasion of the bicentenary of Victor Hugo’s birth, the City of Paris restaured the garden and opened it to the public. Considerable sanitation, ground stabilization and fountain works were needed. Those works were done together with the planting of more than 1000 species. This cultural and botanical heritage located in a quiet area of Saint Peter Port remains fragile. Each visitor* has to protect it and, as for the house, some rules have been established to allow both its preservation and development.


• OPENING HOURS : The garden welcomes its visitors during the opening hours of the museum depending on weather conditions.
• FREE VISIT : The visit of the garden is free and can be done before or after Hauteville House guided tour. Books, quizzes and exhibition catalogues are at free disposal in the garden. Picnics are not allowed.
• CONTENTS : When Victor Hugo purchased the domain of Hauteville House in 1856, it consisted of a little garden on the street side and of a parcel of land covering 2000m2 and enclosed by high walls running on from the imposing facade at the back of the house. Not visible from the street and only accessible by the basement corridor which cross the house in its width, the parcel of land is divided as it was during Victor Hugo’s days : the terrasse, the garden, the kitchen garden and the backyard. The view from the terrasse is identical to the one the poet contemplated in his days: the channel archipelago formed by the islands of Jersey, Sark, Brequou, Herm, Jethou and Alderney with the norman coast in the background. Time and the requirements resulting from the opening of the house to the public have changed the appearence of the garden in which Victor Hugo walked, sat down, had his picture taken, alone or with his family until 1878. Nevertheless the original spirit remains the same. The garden still shelters architectures (the founain, the stone bench and the greenhouse) and plants and trees (camellias, the oak of the áUnited States of Europe â) chosen by Victor Hugo himself and dating back to his presence in Hauteville House.
• HANDICAPPED PERSONS : Due to the layout of the premises, the access to the garden is difficult for disabled people.
Adapted reception and accompaniement.

 

 

Hauteville House, 38 Hauteville, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1DG, Channel Islands.
Director : Gérard Audinet. Curator : Ralph-Samuel Grossmann.
Administrator : Odile Blanchette.
Tel. : +44 (0)1481 721 911 Fax: +44 (0) 1481 715 913
Email : hugohouse@cwgsy.net

More info (in French)

 

Maison Victor Hugo in Paris 

 

 



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