There are quite a few magnificent gardens in this area of the Perigord but the gardens of Cadiot is a hidden gem that stands out as the one that I would highly recommend.
At the very start of our visit we fell in love with the gardens as we walked through an ancient stone arch which leads to the kitchen garden, full of aromatic herbs, gorgeous.
It is not just one or two gardens either, you can walk through ten individual styles which where created by the owner in the 1980’s with a mix of artistic flare and nature.
The collection of flowers include peonies, ancient roses, hydrangeas, day lilies, etc. All grown organically and in tune with nature.
The gardens include, an apple orchard, woodland and meditation garden, Italian, French, Spanish and English gardens, plus a maze and sculptures from Zimbabwe in the wild garden.
A section of plants in the English garden.
My favourite, the Sphinx chamber with its mystery and calmness. Between the wild garden and the more formal Tuscan garden.
Entrance to the Tuscan garden.
Woodland, wild garden with its Roman style water feature.
Tranquility, a series of patios weave through the rest areas. where you can enjoy teas, coffee, soft drinks, ice cream and light lunches. They even have a day bed which I was tempted to use.
Something like the above would look brilliant over our well in the courtyard. Always one to think big, perhaps the tiles that you see on the walls at Pompeii or Herculaneum! Or those like the above, roses on tiles and perhaps a border of matching tiles going up the side of our steps to the veranda.
Another of the patios.
Topiary which leads out of the French garden.
Gardens of Cadiot are to be found near Carlux and are open everyday in the months of May to October, from ten in the morning to seven at night. The entrance fee is €7.50 per adult. Groups are by appointment only.