Giverny and its surrounding sights. Gardens - Rose Garden - Parks - Castles
French writer Jean de la Varende once wrote about Champ de Bataille : Here reigns opulence ; the decor is secondary to the declaration of power”. This is the idea Jacques Garcia had in mind when he recreated from nothing the once beautiful but then defunct gardens of Champ de Bataille. The main garden axis can be considered as an evocation of the seven levels linking the earthly world (the House) to the spiritual world.
Beauty reflected. Encircled by a classic French garden and parterres, the architectural splendour of the 17th century château is reflected in large formal basins. A water miror surrounded by broad paths makes the park and its great vistas look even bigger.
Open April to September. Park : daily except Thuesday 10am-12pm, 2pm-6pm. Château : from Friday to Monday 2pm-6pm, daily in July and August 10am-12pm, 2pm-6pm. Guided tour of château for groups, by appointment. €7 (€3 park only). Under 12 : free. Groups (20+) €5.
Jardins du Château de Vandrimare. 27380 Vandrimare.
A challenge to the senses. A garden of hedges and flowers a cloister full of old-fashioned roses, a berry garden, a maze, ornamental groves and an orangery, this 18th century and First Empire park is a succession ot themed gardens : a contemporary interpretation, combining sensuality, philosophy and humour.
Open : April 1st to October 31st, every day from 10am-7pm, except Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (no public holiday).
Jardin d’Acquigny-Parc du Château d’Acquigny.
Pure romanticism. This park, with its poetic mix of classical, landscape and romantic elements, makes a fine settings for a Renaissance Château. Everywhere, the foliage of exotic trees planted in the 18th century forms an elegant backdrop to rushing water.
Open : 9/04 to 28/10, w.e. and public hollidays, 2pm - 6pm, daily in July/August, from 2pm - 7pm. Unguided visiting, or guided tours (groups by appointment from 1/04 to 11/11). €6,50. Under 8 : free. 8 -16 : €4. Groups (20+) €5,50. Guided tour : €7,50. School : €3,50.
Les jardins d’Harcourt. Arboretum d’Harcourt. 27800 Harcourt.
4OO varieties of trees and shrubs.
Open : 1/03 to 15/06 and 15/09 to 15/11 daily except Tuesday, 2pm - 6pm. And from 16/06 to 14/09 daily 10.30am - 6.30pm. Unguided visiting : $4. Young people (6-18) €1,50. Groups (15+) guided tour with prior booking €5/pers. and unguided visit €3/pers. BY CAR (map)
Jardins et Parc du Château de Vascoeuil.27910 Vascoeuil.
Sculpture and Nature. This park of this 16th and 17th château is a veritable open-air sculpture gallery. 50 brozes, marbles, ceramics and mosaics by the greatest modern artists stand in a landscaped park and a classi French garden edged with beech trees.
Jardins et Roseraie du Château de Miserey. 27930 Miserey.
Since 1986 the park of the Miserey chateau has established herbaceous borders in the tradition of English gardens. These ambellish the English style park designed in 1813 by J.J. Lavenas, afterwards remodelled by the landscaper Renaud about 1830.
The real renewal of the park began again in 1996 with the creation of the “thematic gardens“ conceived on a cruciform plan, where Hell is a collection of spiny shrubs ; Purgatory an alley of Irish yew and Eden a collection of thornless roses. Miserey also posseses a rose garden and is a member of the “Rose Garden Route“.
Architectural features of the garden originating from the 18th century are contemporary with the chateau and include the grennhouse and orangery, the “Saut de Loups“ (ha-ha), verdant “Rooms“ made up of lime trees planted in circles and the belvedere.
The park is a “Site Classé“ with the label “Jardins Remarquables“.
Open : 2:30pm - 6pm, in April : Fridays to Mondays ; from 1 May to 15 August : Sundays, Mondays and public holidays. September middle to November 3rd : every Sunday. Groups (20+) by appointment. Admisssion : Adults €6.Children under 10 : free. Guided tour the Sundays : 3:30pm.
"City of Roses" : GERBEROY.
Gerberoy is member of the Association " Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" and is one of the gems of the "Oise", situated in the middle of a triangle between Beauvais, Rouen and Amiens. Dominating the surrounding countryside at an altitude of 188 meters, the village received a Town Charter, with certain privileges, from King Philippe Auguste in 1202.
It was besieged several times between 1079 and 1437, looted and razed to the ground, but rebuilt in a way that preserved its character. In spring and summer the fronts of the houses along the cobbled streets are covered with climbing roses making Gerberoy a garden in itself. The 17th and 18th century houses, in brick and flint or half timbered, give the town a special quality which is enhanced by its history.
The Collegial Church of Saint Pierre founded in the 11th century was rebuilt in the 15th century following its destruction during the "Hundred years war". The ceiling of the nave is vaulted in timber. The Choir has carved stalls, misericords, and on the walls hang three 17th century Aubusson tapestries. The 18th century brick Town Hall, formerly the Court House and, to day, the museum, is built above an impressive covered market.
You will find in the museum, amongst other things, civic records, local Beauvaisis pottery, prehistoric finds, paintings of various subjects and souvenirs of the post-impressionist painter Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939).
The Town museum is open daily from 1rst April to 30th September from 2.30 to 6.30 pm.
BIZY Castle 27200 Vernon
Deep in the heart of Seine Valley, Bizy Castle was built by Constant d’Ivry for the Duke of Belle-Isle around 1740. Royal residence that belonged to Louis XV, the Duke of Penthièvre and King Louis-Philippe.
Open : daily from 1 April to 1 November except on Monday from 10am to 12pm and from 2 pm to 6pm. March : Saturdays and Sundays from épm to 5pm and groups on week-days by appointement only.
1190 ! Richard the Lion-Heart, King of England and Duke of Normandy and Pliiiip-Augustus, King of France go together on the Third Crusade. On the way back, Richard is taken prisoner in Austria. Philip-Augustus takes the opportunity to seize a part of Normandy.Richard is released in 1194 and he immediately decides to build a fortress în Andely in order to oversee the river Seine and to protect the city of Rouen (35 km downstream)…
The ruins of our beautiful fortress have been classified as Monuments Historiques since 1852. It bas been classified among the Great National Sites in France.