Visit Chateau de Losse Gardens
The Chateau de Losse in on the eastern side of the Dordogne department near to Montignac. It is a small garden but really very charming and a visit to the castle and its gardens is recommended.
Explore the gardens of the Chateau de Losse
The garden of the Chateau de Losse in the Dordogne has a very 'French' feel with its clipped hedges and formal layout.
The low garden in front of the stables is comprised of square hedges of rosemary filled with balls of lavender and the simplicity of the grey and green in contrasting shapes works very well.
When this photo was taken the lavender had recently been clipped but earlier in the summer the smell of the lavender and the mass of purple lavender flowers is heavenly.
My favourite though is the pathway to the round tower the 'chemin de ronde' where clipped hedging contains deliciously scented roses, and catmints.
Whilst formal in inspiration the use of the roses and nepeta (catmint) to fill the beautifully shaped and trimmed box hedging gives it a more informal air than the use of bedding plants to fill the shapes as in the gardens of many French castles, such as the Chateau de Hauteford.
Another part of the garden, near the river has gardens with high hornbeam hedging and within are long borders with flowers that are mostly purple in colour. Again the long border is edged with a low box hedge traditional to French formal gardening.
Take a walk inside the moat (now empty of water) and you can enjoy the planting that has been added to this area. You will also notice that the fortified walls often have flowers climbing out between the stones.
The garden is set off beautifully by the small Renaissance Chateau de Losse. The gardens were awarded 'Jardin Remarquable' status in 2004.
After your visit you can visit the tea rooms or picnic area in the Princess garden for refreshments.
Chateau de Losse garden guide
The gardens of the Chateau de Losse are open every day except Saturday, from the 1st May to the 30th September from 12h00 - 18.00.
Entrance to the gardens costs 9 euros for adults, 6.5 euros for students and 4.50 euros for 7-14 year olds.
Address: Le chateau de Losse, 24290 Thonac
Places to visit nearby
The garden is situated in the Dordogne department of France not far from Montignac and the Lasceaux caves and Les Eyzies de Tayac.
The lovely 'Jardins de l'Imaginaire' are not far away at Terrasson-Lavilledieu.
You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.
Photos of Chateau de Losse Gardens
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