Les Jardins du Chateau de la Motte, a garden in north west France

Photo of Les Jardins du Chateau de la Motte in North West

Visit Les Jardins du Chateau de la Motte

Les Jardins du Chateau de la Motte is a garden in Usseau in the Vienne department of Poitou-Charente in the West of France.

These gardens were voted the favourite garden in the Poitou-Charente region in a 2013 competition run by the French tv channel France 2.

Explore Les Jardins du Chateau de la Motte

The gardens were installed by the current owners of the chateau and initially, in 2001 were a collaboration with a local school of horticulture who provided an initial plan and undertook much of the work with its students as part of their training.

In 2004 one of the teachers came to work full time at the chateau and develop phase 2  - notably a large potager which feeds guests of the Chateau's ' 'Table d’hôtes' but has been designed to be decorative too, and a lovely medieval-inspired garden with four parterres and a central hexagonol pond and fountain.

Chateau de la Motte gardens

Occupying a position with splendid views over the surrounding countryside is the lovely 'Jardin suspendu'. This garden is surrounded by ancient stone walls and in the centre is a metal-framed pergola covered in climbing plants and offering shade to the seating area within.

The chateau is also a Chambre d'hote and so you can even stay here and make the most of the lovely setting.

Chateau de la Motte garden guide

The gardens are open the days of the 'Rendez vous au Jardins' and the 'Journées du Patrimoine'. Outside of these dates the gardens are open by appointment.

Visits are free or 4.50  euros if you want a guided visit.

Address: Chateau de la Motte, 2 La Motte, 86230 Usseau

Gardens to visit nearby

There are not so many private gardens in this area but the Jardin des Plantes at La Rochelle is well planted and if you are nearby the town hall garden of Marens is not bad.

You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.

See also:

Map of Les Jardins du Chateau de la Motte and places to visit

Places to visit near Les Jardins du Chateau de la Motte

Town Hall Garden at Marans

Town Hall Garden at Marans

Town Hall Garden at Marans guide

Jardin des Plantes at La Rochelle

Jardin des Plantes at La Rochelle

Jardin des Plantes at La Rochelle guide

Parc Oriental de Maulevrier

Parc Oriental de Maulevrier

Parc Oriental de Maulevrier guide

Les Jardins Tranquille

Les Jardins Tranquille

Les Jardins Tranquille guide

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