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      In the 17th century, the Marquis de Jumilhac wanted to modernise his castle and pull it out of its ancestral times. Present at the Cour de Versailles, he had to create gardens at the height of his rank ; they were 12 terraces which, remodelling the rocky spur used as a foundation for the castle, went down in steps to the Isle, running 45 m below.

      These gardens were preserved until the dawn of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the hazards of the First World War were going to mishandle this titanic work to the point of seeing them gradually sold for the benefit of vegetable gardens, orchards or pieces of wheat, in the same way as the 120 orange trees in containers and even... the orangery ! Only the first two terraces which overlook the valley where the deer roar in autumn resounds, remain attached to the castle today.

      In 1995, the drought of the summer revealed a cross of St. Andrew which drew the diagonals of the square of grass forming the 2nd terrace. This witness to a more glorious past prompted the current Marquis de Jumilhac to launch a vast project to renovate the gardens as presented in the model of the castle dated 1777.

      Reorganized around the central basin in accordance with Renaissance concepts and the principles of Le Nôtre, they retrace two mysterious themes associated with the history of the site : gold, exploited 2 centuries BC by the Lemovices and alchemy, studied by the budding steelmaker Antoine Chapelle, 1st Count of Jumilhac (1597).

      Thus, the Ors d'un Jardin in their symmetrical aspect, reveal through flower beds protected by a hornbeam, a vegetable labyrinth and its dark room, a rose garden lined with pruned box trees (renovation in 2011) and a mini solar system with flowered planets, two fabulous worlds at the origin of hopes, wealth, discoveries, knowledge, techniques... but also follies, disillusions, miseries, conflicts and persecutions !

      Then go and meet them from May to October in a guided way (11:30 am and 3 pm), visit free, grouped and/or playful (quiz)... in the footsteps of Antonio Capello !
      • Adults 4€
      • Reduced 3€
      • Children 2€

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Useful information

Province : Green Périgord

Location : 24630 Jumilhac le Grand

Address

24630 Jumilhac le Grand

Contact

Phone : 05 53 52 42 97

Cell : 06 09 61 78 40

GPS coordinates

45° 29'34.7"N, 1° 3'36"E

Traveller Reviews

4.5 sur 5 203 reviews

  • "Beautiful and dog-friendly"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by 99nienkeb on 09/09/2019

    This castle is by far the most fairy-tale castle I've seen during my recent trip to France. Although the place could do with some repairs it's still stunning to look at. We only visited the garden so...

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  • "Fairy Tale Castle - confusing advice about when and how to take the tour."

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by John R (Christchurch, New Zealand) on 05/09/2019

    Beautiful chateau of fairy-tale appearance and proportions. It is a "work in progress"and the material provided for the tour makes clear the fortunes and history of this chateau, the family and the...

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  • "Beautiful Chateau"

    3 / 5 Reviews posted by prill62 (Canterbury, United Kingdom) on 01/09/2019

    Beautiful chateau set in the middle of the village. very interesting tour, who gave me an English translation of her tour in French so I could keep up. The gardens were a disappointment, but they had...

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