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Visit Gardens of the Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil
The Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil is in the Cher department in the Centre region of France to the south of Bourges.
Visit the Gardens of the Chateau of Ainay le Vieil
Following a tempest in 1984 part of the park surrounding the Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil was turned into a rose garden in the style of 17th century gardens. This rose garden now contains around 180 varieties and traces the steps leading to todays modern roses from the early work to produce new rose cultivars.
Following this success the owners turned their attention to the four chartreuses (walled gardens) which were originally designed to grow exotic fruit. Each of these were planted with a different theme. There is a fruit garden, a herb garden, a garden devoted to meditation and a white garden.
There is also a cut flower garden which is bordered by perennial flowers in the style of English herbaceous borders.
The Chateau of Ainay le Vieil is sometimes referred to as 'Le Petit Carcassonne' or 'The little Carcassonne' as it greatly resembles the style of the medieval town of Carcassonne. The castle itself is worth visiting with its numerous round turrets and pointy roofs and so the gardens are a bonus.
Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil garden guide
The gardens of the Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil is open mid April to the end of September every day from 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 18.00 and in July and August continuously from 10h.00 to 19.00. In September it is closed on Tuesdays. During the summer there is an outdoor tea shop surrounded by climbing roses.
Visits to the gardens cost 9 euros (including the chateau) for adults and 6,50 euros for children of 12 to 18 years old and 4 euros for 5-11s. For garden visits only prices reduce to 7.50, 6.50 and 3 euros.
This garden is situated in the Loire Valley south of Saint Amand Montrond in the department of Cher.
Address: Le Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil, 9 rue Drevant, 18200 Ainay le Vieil
During the year a number of concerts are held at the chateau as well as various art exhibitions.
Gardens to visit nearby
The lovely Jardins du Drulon are also in the Cher department. These are in Loye sur Arnon and combine six gardens and a number of contemporary sculptures. The nearby Jardin de la Ganille is a lovely garden that was voted favourite garden in the Correze department. The gardens include lots of rhododendrons and azaleas.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.