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Visit of the Garden of La Roche Courbon

Visit of the Garden of La Roche Courbon

Here is a garden whose splendor could have sunk into oblivion, giving reason to the writer Pierre Loti, familiar and in love with places in his youth, who already at the time urged a call for the safeguard of the domain he qualified of "Sleeping Beauty's castle". Long abandoned, with its garden overgrown with brushwood and its surrounding threatened forests, La Roche Courbon, born in the 17th century, has gradually regained its credentials thanks to a long and ambitious work of safeguarding. Surrounded by marshes originally intended to ensure its protection, the estate was then threatened by this insidious water which weakened the constructions - balustrades and watch towers - as well as the vegetation and the alleys. The recommended solution was that of reconstruction on stilts using 2,500 piles driven into the ground. A titanic, but promising work whose visitor can now appreciate the fruits, all the more so since the domain has known how to evolve over time - notably thanks to the creation of a large pond - to become a most successful example of a French garden.

Garden of La Roche Courbon


Jardin de La Roche Courbon On the west side, the garden has been extended by a pond equipped with a pier. Further on the hill, the water is again staged in the form of a waterfall.

Garden of La Roche Courbon


Jardin de La Roche Courbon Gardens and architecture enhance each other, the geometric green carpets adorned with cut yew trees coming to meet the strict lines of the castle.

Garden of La Roche Courbon


Jardin de La Roche Courbon The pond enhances the majesty of the castle by allowing it to be fully reflected.

Garden of La Roche Courbon


Jardin de La Roche Courbon The view from the top of the steps of the water staircase offers a perspective on the whole and allows the eye to dive into the more natural part of the gardens.

Garden of La Roche Courbon


La Roche Courbon garden Activities, such as the provision of old wooden games, the organization of shows, exhibitions and workshops contribute to making La Roche Courbon a lively place, suitable for family visits .

Garden of La Roche Courbon


Jardin de La Roche Courbon In front of the large wall, the gardens were completed by an orchard of apple and pear trees (150 trees), prize of a contest "The rose and the fruit" organized by Delbard establishments.

Garden of La Roche Courbon


Jardin de La Roche Courbon Under its white coat of snow, the castle deserves all the better the nickname of "Sleeping Beauty's castle" given by the writer Pierre Loti.

Garden of La Roche Courbon


Garden of La Roche Courbon Once past the gate, the visitor can take the vast staircases and descend gently towards the gardens, bordered by the pretty Bruant river.

Garden of La Roche Courbon


Jardin de La Roche Courbon The chateau has large windows that open it to the light of the sun, both in the east and in the west.