Gardens of the Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil; a garden to visit in the central area of France

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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.

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.

Gardens of Chateau d'Ainay le Vieil

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 1st March to 15 November every day from 10.00 to 12.00 and 14h.0 to 18.00 and in July and August continuously from 10h.00 to 19.00. In March, October and November closed on Tuesdays. During the summer there is an outdoor tea shop surrounded by climbing roses.

Visits to the gardens cost 8.50 euros (including the chateau) for adults and 4 euros for children or 7 and 3 euros for garden visits only.

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.

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