This section is on the Château, aviary and gift shop.
The Château was built in the 17th century by Bertrand Vernet de Marqueyssac, counsellor to Louis XIV. It has been under restoration since 1996. Although there is a great deal of work to do and much of the interior cannot be seen, the rooms available are very beautiful and so is the outside, and therefore along with everything else it is still worth a visit.
This is the view of the impressive Château that you get when you first enter the estate
The bedroom is gorgeous, “Can I have a bedroom like this one Paul?”
I would love this dinning room too.
La salle à manger
A close up of just one of the many white doves in the aviary
I really must return to the gift shop for one or two of these gorgeous antique style jars.
On all saints Day 19th October to 3rd November 2013: there will be ‘acrobatic’ races on the cliff side, plus an arts and crafts workshop and ‘curious about nature’ wood turning.
In 1860 Julien de Cervel began to plant thousands of boxwood trees and carved them (with help) into fabulous shapes, according to the Italian style at that time. However, in the second half of the twentieth century the garden and château fell into a state of disrepair. This was remedied by the new owner, Kleber Rossillon, who in 1966 began restoring the gardens and Château to their former glory. He has also added a few interesting features, the rosemary garden and the water fall from the fabulous belvedere (balcony high above the river).
In 1997, the gardens were classified amongst the Notable Gardens of France by the Committee of Parks and Gardens of the French Ministry of Culture.
These boxwood trees just look like they are tumbling down the side of the bank.
This is one of my favourite places to visit. The swirling rosemary which is surrounded by lavender, the smell is wonderful.
Truly a work of art
A view across the Dordogne to my favourite castle-Castlenaud.
The neighbours place
An avenue amongst the six kilometres of shaded path, the shade is very welcome on a hot day.
The last picture of the garden is Paul taking in the wonderful view over La Rogue-Gageac from outside the cabane en pierre sèche, (dry stone hut). The bell roof of stone is a work of genius, constructed entirely by hand each stone is fitted together without mortar to form the bell shape