Chateau de Vendeuvre

Photo of Chateau de Vendeuvre in North West

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Gardens of the Chateau de Vendeuvre

The Chateau de Vendeuvre is in the Vendeuvre department in Normandy.

These gardens are the inspiration of the Count of Vendeuvre who has been influenced by the renaissance gardens of Italy and particularly their use of water. The gardens have been classified as one of France's "Remarkable Gardens".

The gardens of the Chateau de Vendeuvre include a French formal garden with parterres, water and water jets and a backdrop of the hills of the Pays d' Auge.

There is an exotic garden featuring bananas and agavas, citrus and fig trees and a collection of succulents and papyrus.

Chateau de Vendeuvre

The water garden is filled with lots of suprises and different uses of water. The inspiration for the different water features comes from myths and folklore. One water feature is a 'cascade des tortues' or 'tortoise waterfall' which is very charming.

Tortoises play a part in the legends of many cultures but in the Chateau de Vendeuvre they represent a Central American legend where, following a severe drought, sacred tortoises were placed on the roofs of temples and houses. They called out the name of the rain god - Chaac, who allowed the tortoises to spurt forth water and end the drought.

There is an unusual utility garden with a lovely pyramid designed to store ice before the days of refrigerators (see photo above). Also in the utility garden is the vegetable garden and a fish pond.

There are also two labyrinths. A relatively small formal labyrinth made of yew hedges and white roses, and also a large informal one great for children. Inside this labyrinth, which covers one hectare,are several pavillions, pagodas and topiaries. Children will love the 'hunt the rabbit' which takes place in this labyrinth.

Chateau de Vendeuvre

Chateau de Vendeuvre Garden Guide:

The Chateau de Vendeuvre is in the commune of Vendeuvre near to Lisieux in Normandy. It is south of Caen. The castle  has been open to the public since 1983.

The garden is open for the Tulip Festival every afternoon in April 14h - 18h.

Garden opening is every day in May to September 11h - 18h and Sundays and bank holidays in October from 14 - 18h.

Entrance to the gardens (as well as the castle kitchens and the dog kennels) costs 8.50 euros for adults and 7 euros for children. For a couple of euros more you can also see the chateau and the miniature furniture collection.

Chateau de Vendeuvre Address: Jardins et Chateau de Vendeuvre, 14170 Vendeuvre

Gardens to visit nearby

The Jardins du Pays d'Auge are a series of beautiful gardens set around various traditional buildings and the ensemble is absolutely charming. The Chateau de Boutemont is another charming garden with a lovely pond.

You can find more local travel ideas in the guide.

See also:

Map of Chateau de Vendeuvre and places to visit

Places to visit near Chateau de Vendeuvre

Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge

Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge

Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge are a number of themed gardens created around some charming traditional buildings. A treat!

Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge guide

Le Chateau de Boutemont

Le Chateau de Boutemont

The gardens of the Chateau de Boutemont surround a very charming manor house style chateau and has a beautiful formal pond.

Le Chateau de Boutemont guide

Les Jardins du Manoir de la Bonnerie

Les Jardins du Manoir de la Bonnerie

The Jardins du Manoir de la Bonnerie have grown up around a charming manor house and include a collecion of day lilies.

Les Jardins du Manoir de la Bonnerie guide

Les Jardins de Castillon

Les Jardins de Castillon

Les Jardins de Castillon is a series of excellent gardens in Normandy nearto Bayeux.

Les Jardins de Castillon guide

Les Jardins de la Mansoniere

Les Jardins de la Mansoniere

The Jardins de la Mansoniere is a prize-winning garden in the beautiful village of Saint Ceneri le Gerei.

Les Jardins de la Mansoniere guide

Les Jardins d'Etretat

Les Jardins d'Etretat

Les Jardins d'Etretat were inspired by the owner's friendship with Claude Monet.

Les Jardins d'Etretat guide

Jardins des Renaudies

Jardins des Renaudies

The Jardins des Renaudies is a large English style garden in the Mayenne department in north-west France

Jardins des Renaudies guide

La Petite Rochelle

La Petite Rochelle

The Jardin de la Petite Rochelle is a prize winning garden with a great collection of plants.

La Petite Rochelle guide

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