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vendredi 22 juin 2018

Chateau de Hautefort

Earlier this week we enjoyed a visit to Hautefort with our guests - it's about one and a half hours east of us.

 
The Chateau was built on a plateau in the 17th century on the site of a medieval fortress and is surrounded by formal boxwood gardens. The chateau fell into disuse but was completely restored in the 20th century by the Baron Henry de Bastard and his wife Simone.
 
 
This green pergola is 70 meters long providing a shady cool tunnel in warm weather.
 

The boxwood hedges and topiary are trimmed twice a year entirely by hand and all the cuttings are recycled as mulch.







To the front of the chateau the beds contain flowers but to the side they contain fruit and vegetables including a wide variety of tomatoes.


The rooms inside the chateau are simply furnished and have beautiful highly polished floors!


We climbed the stairs to the top of one of the towers where the woodwork of the dome can be seen.





I loved wandering round the gardens especially as it was a cooler day and we could enjoy them comfortably. A really beautiful place to visit.

18 commentaires:

Lin a dit…
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Rachel a dit…

It looks really lovely. Airy and light, too!

Chookyblue...... a dit…

How beatiful and that tunnel omg amazing....... Let alone the gorgeous building .......

Kim a dit…

What a stunning place is Chateau de Hautefort is. How amazing to walk up all those stairs and view the incredible dome woodwork of the tower. LOVE those beautifully manicured gardens. It must have been such a delight to wander around this beautiful place. Thank you for sharing this beauty.

Chantal a dit…

Wow! What a fantastic place this is. So happy you shared it with us. I love old castle and we have none in Canada. Bwahhhh! :(
The last picture is amazing. Look how small the houses are. This chateau is huge and so beautiful. ;^)

Karen a dit…

Wow! Absolutely fabulous!!

Kaisievic a dit…

Oh, Lin, this is so very beautiful! And right on your doorstep, almost, too - you lucky duck!

FlashinScissors a dit…

Wow, Lin!
Gorgeous photos. I love that dome ..... very interesting to see it from inside too!
Lovely gardens, just imagine having hedges like that ..... all that work!
Thank you for sharing!
Hugs,
Barbara xx

Anthea a dit…

Good heavens Lin, what an amazing place! Thank you for sharing all your wonderful photos. The gardens are breathtaking & the restoration has been well done.

Helen a dit…

Beautiful so many breathtaking photos.

Sharmayne a dit…

Wow, those hedges are impressive!!!! And yes, good news about the comment solution!

kiwikid a dit…

What an amazing place, love the tower roof..thanks for the tour.

Michelle Ridgway a dit…

Wow! How fabulous to be able to visit. What an amazing place. Thank you for sharing your visit there x

Allie-oops Designs a dit…

What a fantastic place!!! Although I would change my name if I was Henry. :) Love the gardens!!!!

Bethan a dit…

The gardens and chateaux look stunning. Such a lovely day out x

Fiona a dit…

Fabulous to see places like that restored and made available for people to enjoy... they have done it beautifully too
Hugz

Judy a dit…

Gosh, what a lovely place to visit!! I bet the gardens were just a joy to wander through and that tunnel was so interesting. Thanks for sharing the trip with us.
Have a great week,
Judy

Radka a dit…

I can see that it is a lovely place to visit; beautifully laid out gardens!
xx