French Château

This enchanting chateau seems straight out of a fairy-tale and, when the new owners bought it, the house had been virtually abandoned for 15 years and the gardens for twice as long. Although the foundations of the big house date from the 12th century, the whole ensemble is late 17th century, with the exception of the main facade which was redone later. It has a very attractive homogeneity. The size of the estate had been vastly reduced from several hundred hectares to just a few but one could still vaguely imagine how it would have looked in its heyday.

Careful archive and historical research took place and led to the design and planting of a formal entrance forecourt, including a collection of 50 orange trees, extensive tree planting both in the landscape and alongside the moat, the restoration of formal woodland and its original "bosquets", horse rides ("allées cavalières ") and wild flower meadows. The 10-acre walled garden was the subject of a further study. We divided it into different sections including Kitchen garden, Herb Garden, Rose garden, formal gardens and an orchard under-planted with spring flowers. The swimming pool keeps the younger generation entertained but is discreetly screened from this elegant harmony. Further afield new informal woodlands, driveways and pathways were created in order to connect with the ancient parkland and surrounding countryside.

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