Visit: the garden of the castle of Bagnols, in the country of the Golden Stones

Visit: the garden of the castle of Bagnols, in the country of the Golden Stones

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Located in the Beaujolais vineyards in the heart of the Pierres Dorées country, the 13th century Château de Bagnols is an architectural treasure classified as a historic monument, with its moats and surrounding walls. Its garden spread over 4 hectares is an enchantment, rich in its sobriety, wild and controlled.

The alliance of the French garden and the English garden

It was in 1987 that Lady Hamlyn fell in love with the castle, more or less abandoned. She undertook major restoration works with her architect Jean Gabriel Mortamet. The enclosed wall garden is redesigned according to the 18th century layout, a Roman swimming pool away from the walls extends the orchard. Marriage of the French garden and the English garden, the space is sober combining geometric lines, alleys of yew, lavender, cherry orchard and marquise of lime trees. Unconditional with old roses, the owner marries them with predominant wisteria and honeysuckle, choosing sparsely flowered species, which contributes to the simplicity of the decor. 41 lime trees, 106 cherry trees, 600 feet of lavender, 3000 yew… The varieties are planted according to a very precise scheme which delimits the spaces. Here the lavender alley, the linden courtyard, the cherry orchard. On the walls the Chinese wisteria and the Helen Hamlyn roses (created for the owner and which bear her name) follow one another in an astonishing regularity, and harmonize with the golden stone with elegance. Here and there, the valerian, with its bright colors, constitutes a pretty carpet of wild rose flowers.

A garden faithful to the history of the place

With its fountains, statues and century-old trees, the castle garden has remained faithful to the history of the place. Elegance without ostentation, a French art of living that extends outside. A walk under the marquise of linden trees from Holland planted 25 years ago and pruned twice a year, a poetic escapade in the orchard at the time of the cherry blossoms or a stroll in the vegetable garden where all the aromatic plants used by the Chef Jean Alexandre Ouaratta, takes us back in time. A bucolic decor bearing the mark of the past ...
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