Normandy, France

Amenities - Parks & Gardens

Parc EANA, Seine-Maritime

EANA is France's first leisure park and discovery centre entirely dedicated to sustainable development.

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Conservational kitchen garden at Château Beaumesnil, Eure

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Hanging gardens, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime

Perched on the cliffs high above the Seine Bay, the 19thcentury Fort de Sainte-Adresse has been granted a second life as the city's hanging gardens.

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Jardin Plume, Azouvillesur-Ry, Seine-Maritime

Created in 1997 by Sylvie and Patrick Quibel, the Jardin Plume is a stunning contemporary garden combining structure and nature set in a typical Norman orchard.

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Le Parc du Bois des Moutiers

76119 Varengeville-sur-Mer,
Tel. 02 35 85 10 02 Fax 02 35 85 46 98

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Arboretum de Forêt Verte

It was created in 1970 to study resistance of different trees to pollution.

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Arboretum du parc de Rouelles

also known as the Arboretum des Ardennes, is an arboretum located within the Parc de Rouelles.

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Jardin des Plantes de Rouen

The Jardin des Plantes de Rouen (8 hectares) is a municipal botanical garden located at 7, rue de Trianon, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France. It is open daily without charge.

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Le Clos Arsène Lupin, Maurice Leblanc House

Le Clos Arsène Lupin opened its doors in June 1999 at Etretat, a famous seaside resort on the Normandy coast.

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Rose Garden Of Mesnil

Ermenouville (76740)
Château de Mesnil Geoffroy
Tel: 33 (0)2 35 57 12 77

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Gardens Of the Abbaye Saint-Georges de Boscherville

Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville (76840)
12, route de l'Abbaye
Tel: 33 (0)2 35 32 10 82 - Fax: 33 (0)2 35 34 97 54

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Park and Gardens Of Bosmelet Chateau

Park and Gardens Of Bosmelet Chateau
Chateau de Bomelet
Tel: 33 (0)2 35 32 81 07

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Floral Park William Farcy

Offranville (76550)
Parc du Colombier
tel: 33 (0)2 35 85 19 58 - Fax: 33 (0)2 35 04 24 54

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Jardin du Mesnil

Ville Montérolier
25 route du Mesnil
tel: 33 (0)2 35 34 48 45

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Parc du Château du Taillis

Duclair (76,480)
Hamlet of Saint Paul
Tel: 33 (0) 6 83 82 22 89 - Fax: 33 (0) 2 35 37 73 74

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Parc du Chateau d'Orcher

Gonfreville-l'Orcher (76,700)
Castle Orcher
Tel: 33 (0) 2 35 45 45 91

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Artmazia, Seine-Maritime

Artmazia, maze artist
25 route de Neuchatel
76270 MASSY
Tel: 02 35 93 17 12

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Bec Hellouin organic farm

The organic farm at Bec Hellouin
Perry and Charles Herve-GRUYER
1, present at the Moulin Cat - 27800 LE BEC HELLOUIN
Tel / Fax: 02 32 44 50 57

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Roseraie du Chateau de Miserey

Miserey (27930)
2, Church Street.
Tel: 02 32 67 00 21 - Fax: 02 32 67 00 21

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Parc EANA, Seine-Maritime

16 minutes from the chateau

EANA is France's first leisure park and discovery centre entirely dedicated to sustainable development.

The park presents ongoing environmental matters in an informative yet exciting way, enabling younger generations to learn how best to look after the world they live in.

Discover the creation and evolution of our planet in the Big Bang Cinema then get stuck into the interactive activities in La Grande Halle.

Set in the fantastic Abbaye du Valasse and its 60 acres of grounds, the park's restaurants also serve up local, organic food.

Conservational kitchen garden at Château Beaumesnil, Eure

45 minutes from the chateau

A bold project is underway at the foot of the spectacular Château de Beaumesnil. With a view to preserving culinary heritage, a conservational kitchen garden has been created.

Open to the public, the garden contains over 500 varieties of ancient vegetables, including unusual varieties like devil's ear lettuce and rainbow corn.

This is coupled with market garden production and the sale of organic vegetable boxes. Visitors can participate in workshops on vegetable growing and in September the 1001 Vegetables Festival is held.

Hanging gardens, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime

45 minutes from the chateau

Perched on the cliffs high above the Seine Bay, the 19thcentury Fort de Sainte-Adresse has been granted a second life as the city's hanging gardens.

The four bastions of the fortress are dedicated to displaying rare plants from across the globe discovered by both famous and contemporary botanist explorers.

Giant greenhouses in the central courtyard contain collections of unusual plants whilst trial gardens allow the Le Havre gardeners to experiment with new plant types to eventually be planted in the gardens and flowerbeds of the city

Jardin Plume, Azouvillesur-Ry, Seine-Maritime

40 minutes from the chateau

Created in 1997 by Sylvie and Patrick Quibel, the Jardin Plume is a stunning contemporary garden combining structure and nature set in a typical Norman orchard.

The garden includes huge plantations of grasses and perennials as well as a central square pond, seasonal gardens and a vegetable garden.

In 2008, the Jardin Plume was announced winner of Gardens Illustrated garden of the year in association with the Garden Museum.

Le Parc du Bois des Moutiers

25 minutes from the chateau

76119 Varengeville-sur-Mer,
Tel. 02 35 85 10 02 Fax 02 35 85 46 98

The Bois des Moutiers is located in Varengeville-sur-Mer, Haute-Normandie, France. This 30 acres (0.12 km2) estate was created so that organized nature and wild vegetation are next to each other.

Guillaume Mallet, amateur botanist, keen esthete, and originator of the garden, fell in love with this gently rolling piece of land, forested with majestic pines and falling away abruptly in cliffs to the sea that glimmers blue from the upper regions of the property. He purchased the estate in 1897, and hired the finest fin de siecle British architect, Edward Lutyens, to design the house and grounds. As Lutyens occupied himself only with what we today would call "hardscape," he called on his long-time collaborator Gertrude Jekyll to provide planting plans.

While some of Jekyll's planting plans were installed, it was forty years of the unceasing vision and sheer toil of Guillaume Mallet that created Le Bois des Moutiers around the backbone of Lutyen's house, paths, pergolas, and pavilions. Guillaume's vision and work extended far beyond these original structures, populating the understory of the forest beyond with ornamental trees, shrubs, and perennials from all over the world. He sculpted the background of the park with a perfectly balanced mixture of evergreens and deciduous trees. The evergreens provide weight and contrasting, strong forms and textures. The deciduous trees, carefully selected for small leaves, were chosen to cast a light protective shade over the wealth of rhododendrons, azaleas, and camellias (see Picture 1 below) sheltering at their feet.

His unceasing efforts were violently interrupted in 1940, when the Nazis occupied the house and even mined the park. Perhaps not surprisingly after this terrible trauma, both Guillaume and his wife died in 1946.

In the years immediately following the war, Guillaume's son Andre and his wife Mary struggled with the decision of what to do with the property: fight to restore it, or--as was the case with so many war-damaged estates--simply abandon the effort. But with the energy and focus characteristic of this family, they didn't dither about long. By 1955 the house was restored and once more ringing with the sounds of Mallet family life.

After years of the entire family and their friends spending every weekend tearing out blackberry brambles, mowing by hand, and weeding, the extensive park was reclaimed and the long and more rewarding work of restoring damaged plantings began. Scores of botanical treasures were unearthed among the weeds, most of which had to be identified by the botanic novices Andre and Mary, and their children Constance, Claire, and Robert. (For an account of Robert's current life love, see Shamrock in a previous edition of this page. Robert also wrote and published a beautiful book, Rebirth of a Park, chronicling the history of his family's restoration of the park.)

After a fruitful period of collaboration with botanist and gardening friends, Andre Mallet died in 1964, several months after a paralyzing stroke. His death again left the family faced with the crisis of how to keep the park cared for. The serendipitous discovery of an antique gold coin in the bottom of a drawer financed the purchase of a tractor, and set this indomitable family on a trajectory toward opening the park to the public in 1970.

Today, it is Claire's son Antoine (pictured above) who is in charge of the park--both its upkeep and evolution. His grandmother Mary still lives in the house on the grounds, and mother Claire, always effortlessly elegant, is omnipresent, whether guiding tours or pruning the wisteria. The family employs only three gardeners to help them maintain the enormous park. How they accomplish this gargantuan task is cause for respect and amazement, for all is weeded, mowed, planted, and pruned.

Antoine has planted pines to replace those lost to time and the terrible wind tempest of December 1999. He dreams of restoring the kitchen garden. Meanwhile, visitors simply revel in the gentle gradient from formal flower beds near the house, planted in gentle Jekyllian palettes (see Picture 2 below), to the majestic park beyond. There you can wander down a sweep of meadow toward the woodland glades that shelter the superb sous-bois (understory) of les Bois des Moutiers.

One of the world's richest palettes of rhododendrons, azaleas, and camellias burst into bloom during the long, cool (often cold!) Norman spring, beginning as early as February and continuing into June. The mild maritime climate means that plants flourish and flowers last a long time. You'll see rhododendrons big as mountains, wander through paths laced overhead with boughs of azaleas the size of dogwoods (Picture 3 below).

The walk bottoms out in a bog garden, where in summer, masses of astilbes follow the blooms of Japanese iris, and exotic gunneras (Picture 4 below) tower their giant umbrella leaves over all. Climb back up through a lightly shaded wildflower meadow, wander through a wealth of hydrangeas (the Mallets and the de Belders of Belgian hydrangea fame were long-time friends), and re-emerge near the house to view once again that cool blue elipse of sea framed by billowing hydrangeas.

Le Parc du Bois des Moutiers is a garden for all seasons, a garden whose subtle harmonies never cease to surprise and delight me, no matter how many times I wander its tranquil paths. It is one of the great gardens of the world.

Arboretum de Forêt Verte

40 minutes from the chateau

The Arboretum de Forêt Verte is an arboretum located within the Forêt Domaniale Verte near Houppeville, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France.

It was created in 1970 to study resistance of different trees to pollution.

Arboretum du parc de Rouelles

also known as the Arboretum des Ardennes, is an arboretum located within the Parc de Rouelles (over 150 hectares) on the Chemin Vicinal 3, south of Montivilliers, north of Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France.

Long ago, the park was a medieval property of Pays de Caux with castle, park, farm, and forest. Most buildings were destroyed by bombardment in 1944, but a fine dovecote remains (dating to 1631). Today's park was created from 1980-1993.

The Arboretum des Ardennes proper contains 200 tree species, organized as 25 botanical families, all planted in the early 1980s. Specimens include local species such as beech, hornbeam, and chestnut, as well as exotics including American elm, eucalyptus, and Ginkgo biloba. A second arboretum is dedicated exclusively to conifers.

Jardin des Plantes de Rouen

The Jardin des Plantes de Rouen (8 hectares) is a municipal botanical garden located at 7, rue de Trianon, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France. It is open daily without charge.

The garden dates to 1691 when Louis de Carel acquired forest land within which he built a walled garden and pavilion. Scottish banker John Law purchased the garden in 1717, and in 1741, after several other owners, it was opened to the public.

In 1806 Sophie Blanchard made a solo balloon ascension from the grounds, in 1811 Napoleon purchased the garden to establish the Sénatorie de la Seine-Inférieure, and in 1817 Elisa Garnerin parachuted from a balloon launched on the site. In 1820 English horticulturist Crac Calvert set up greenhouses for dahlias.

The municipality of Rouen purchased the site in 1832 for its botanical garden, to designs by Désiré Lejeune and construction by Guillaume Dubreuil, which in 1840 opened to the public as the Jardin des Plantes.

In 2004 the garden was recognized by the Association des jardins botaniques de France et des pays francophones. Today the garden contains over 5600 plant taxa, representing 600 species, with a notable collection of fuchsias (991 varieties).

It contains a rock garden (1300 m²), garden of iris and hemerocallis (450 m²), rose garden (670 m²), squares of medicinal plants (60 plants), as well as an orchard and collections of aromatic and carnivorous plants. Buildings include an orangery, the central greenhouse (1839-1842), seven additional greenhouses (1883-1884) including a palmarium, and tropical greenhouses (1936-1938).

The garden also contains statues of local writer Eugène Noël (1816-1899), a runic stone from Denmark placed in 1911, and a bust of the god Pan.

Le Clos Arsène Lupin, Maurice Leblanc House

Le Clos Arsène Lupin opened its doors in June 1999 at Etretat, a famous seaside resort on the Normandy coast.

It is a beautiful two-storey house with steep roofs, decorated with a wooden balcony in the purest style Cauchois, nestled in the heart of the city.

One enters through a door that opens onto a garden planted with ancient trees and lawns bordered with roses. At the bottom on the right, just follow the path drawn by the pergola to go home.

Le Clos Arsène Lupin, Maurice Leblanc House is an original place where you enter the secret world of the famous Gentleman Burglar and in the privacy of its creator.

Rose Garden Of Mesnil

Ermenouville (76740)
Château de Mesnil Geoffroy
Tel: 33 (0)2 35 57 12 77

20 mins from chateau

Surrounding a delightful eighteenth century castle, where visits are guided by the owners. The rose garden and park are classed as historical monuments, and where designed by one of the formost gardeners of "Le Nôtre".

The rose garden is actualy the most important of this part of Normandy : 2500 roses some 1228 different varieties. It occupies 2 different areas, one consecrated to the hisyory of roses, from the first botanical spiecies to the latest European novelties, the other to perfume (roses which enter into the composition of renowned perfumes such as channel N°5, and the most scented roses).

All the roses are labeled. Considered by the rose gardens of L'Hay as a rose conservatory, the roses benifit from the support of the great rose growers of Europe, who each year send their latest specimens, even before they are sold through the catalogues. This allows the public the chance to view and contemplate roses which will only be one sale several months later.

Created in : 18e siècle, Surface : 10ha

Opening :

From 1st May to 30 september:
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays : 2.30 pm to 6 pm.
Free for the park and rose garden. Guided tours for Castle the week-end.

Visits :

Unguided visits.
Access partially adapted for disabled persons.

Charges :

Park and rosery : adults 5 €, free for less than 15 years.
Play of track for the children from 6 to 13 years : 1€.
Castle + rosery + park : adults 6 €, free for less than 15 years.

Services :

Shop, Public lavatory, Bed and Breakfast, Lawns for sunbathing, Dog not admitted, Carpark arranged, Castle visitation, Exhibition visitation, Collections.

Access :

Map Michelin n°231 pli n° 10, on D70 between Cany-Barville to Fontaine-Le-Dun.
GPS (Lat x Long) : 49.798899000, 0.781789000

www.chateau-mesnil-geoffroy.com

Gardens Of the Abbaye Saint-Georges de Boscherville

Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville (76840)
12, route de l'Abbaye
Tel: 33 (0)2 35 32 10 82 - Fax: 33 (0)2 35 34 97 54

29 mins from chateau

Benedictine abbey 12th to 17th century.

A meeting-place of Art, History and Nature.

If you love Romanic architecture and gardens, then you will be seduced by the site's serenity, the panoramic view over the Seine valley and you will love to stroll around the 4 hectares of garden (created in 1680 and reorganized an the spirit of the 17th century). It counts among the most beautiful abbey gardens in northern France.

Discover the flowering kitchen garden, the simples and aromatic herbs, the orchard and the scented flowers of the perfume garden.

Closed
15/10/2010 to 30/01/2011 :

Opening :

Open every day except 25 December and 1st January.
From 1st April to 31st October from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
From 1st November to 31st March from 2 to 5 a.m.

Visits :

Unguided visits.
Guided visits with previous booking, Duration of a guided visit : 1h30mn, Minimal number of persons for a guided visit : 10.
Access partially adapted for disabled persons.

Charges :

Full price :

From 1/4 to 31/10: 5,50 euros
From 1/11 to 31/03: 5,00 euros Special price :

From 12 to 18 years and students: 4.00 euros
Free entry for under12 year olds, unemployed, handicapped persons.
Conditions and prices for groups on demand (beforehand reservation is recommended).
Free Audio-guide

Services :

Shop, Public lavatory, Drinking water fountain, Concerts, Marriage photos, Pedagogical presentations, Dog admitted if kept on a lead, Carpark arranged, Exhibition visitation.

Access :

GPS (Lat x Long) : 49.444318000, 0.963830000

www.abbaye-saint-georges.com

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Park and Gardens Of Bosmelet Chateau

Park and Gardens Of Bosmelet Chateau
Chateau de Bomelet
Tel: 33 (0)2 35 32 81 07

30 mins from chateau

A rare example of pure Louis XIII architectural style, Château de Bosmelet was built in 1632 and still stands at the apex of 300 year-old lime tree avenues planted out to French classical garden designs by Colinet in 1715.

These projects already feature the two-acre kitchen garden behind its 18th century rose brick walls. To ensure year-round interest, Baroness Laurence de Bosmelet has devides a rainbow potager garden with some 900 varieties of vegetables and flowers in four chromatic patterns on either side of the central box-wood hedge that divides the garden horizontally and balances the for mixed borders renovated in 1996 by Louis Benech to form the central "Demeter Alley".

The spring Narcissus garden (32 varieties) becomes the oriental vegetable garden later in the season with some 24 plants used in oriental cuisine.

Opposite -new in 2002- the cut flower bed balances the luminous Dahlia river autumn display of more than 70 cultivars.

Starting in 1998, the northern forecourt was embellished with the "Four Seasons" flower beds at the centre of diagonal pathways that mirror the black brickwork patterns of the Château's formal façade through a wild meadow.

In 2004, "Château de Bosmelet Gardens" have obtained the special label of "Remarquable Garden" awarded by the French ministry of Culture.

Opening :

July and August: every day from 1 pm. to 7 pm.
June and September: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays from 1 pm. to 7 pm.
Guided tours all the year, only by appointment for groups (15 to 40 people).

Visits :

Unguided visits.
Guided visits with previous booking, Minimal number of persons for a guided visit : 15.
Access adapted for disabled persons.

Charges :

Free visit :

6 euros per person (park and gardens). free under 12 years old.

Guided tours :

Forfeit for the guide : 61 euros/group.
Plus 6 euros per person : for Château and gardens.
or 4,60 euros per person : for gardens and chapel only.

Services :

Shop, Self-catering cottage, Seminars, Receptions.

Access :

GPS (Lat x Long) : 49.700364000, 1.128802000

www.chateau-de-bosmelet.fr

Floral Park William Farcy

Offranville (76550)
Parc du Colombier
tel: 33 (0)2 35 85 19 58 - Fax: 33 (0)2 35 04 24 54

39 mins from chateau

In the village, discover an English park dedicated to former Pink. You will be welcomed home park, cart-18th century, renovated in garden, tearoom and first floor into a museum of famous-painter-writer of the early 20th century, Jacques-Emile BLANCHE then the visit will lead to the discovery of the 21 themed gardens which combine 2500 varieties of plants.

At the instigation of William FARCY, then general secretary of the town hall. The city bought a farmhouse in 1971 and 2.5 ha have been reserved for making a flower park. The park is named after William FARCY, died in March 1993. The park was inaugurated in June 1993.

Opening :

April and september : week-ends and bank holidays, 10 am to 7pm.
May/June/July/August : daily (except tuesday) 10 am to 8 pm.

Charges :

Adult: 3,50 Euros. Children less12 years: free.
Alignment one free for ten persons.

Access :

D915 (Dieppe-Rouen).

Jardin du Mesnil

Ville Montérolier
25 route du Mesnil
tel: 33 (0)2 35 34 48 45

40 mins from Chateau

Peaceful place nestled in the heart of the Pays de Bray.

Hundreds of varieties of trees and shrubs from around the world make this garden a universe of volumes, colors and fragrances of flowers.

Creation Date: 1982, Area: 3 hectares

Opening :

Every Sunday afternoon (14 h-18 h) in May and August.
The last two Sundays in July and October. The first Sunday of November.

Visits

Free visits. Guided tours by appointment, duration: 2 hours, number of persons required: 1.
Access for the disabled

Charges :

6 € / person. € 5 for groups. Free for children under 15 years.

Access :

30 km north of Rouen. In Montérolier, follow the signs.
GPS coordinates (Lat x Long): 49.631534000, 1.346083000

Parc du Château du Taillis

Duclair (76,480)
Hamlet of Saint Paul
Tel: 33 (0) 6 83 82 22 89 - Fax: 33 (0) 2 35 37 73 74

30 mins from Chateau

Built on the foundations of a fortified house of the thirteenth century, the castle was built around Coppice 1530 by Jehan Du Fay's Tailly. The carved facade, have coats of arms, as well as niches and pilasters.

After an unfinished building, the central body was enlarged by the addition of two pavilions in the seventeenth and finalized by new wings in the eighteenth century. They are so 300 years of architecture stand together and respect each other by the same symmetry is unique in France.

Some of the most beautiful trees of the region radiate in the Castle Park Coppice. Thus the sense of "remarkable tree," it takes root here, through the most beautiful species such as giant sequoia, the Tulip tree of Virginia, Atlas Cedar,

Creation Date: 1730, Area: 5 hectares

Opening :

Groups: Open all year.
Individual: Open from April 15 to Sept. 30 Wednesday through Sunday

Visits

Free visits. Guided tours by appointment, duration: 1h40, number of persons required: 5.
Partially accessible to the disabled.
Visit shorter or longer depending on the choice of visitors.
Possible visit on Castle Square and the Museum of Coppice August 1944 "Hell on the Seine."

Services :

Shop, toilets and health, Snacks, room rentals, seminars, receptions, conventions, conferences, cocktails, dinner dances, concerts, plays, shooting Weddings, Filming, Educational activities, Lawn publicly available, dogs allowed on, arranged free parking, camping space for, visit the Museum, visit the Castle Collection.

Access :

18km west of Rouen.
1h30 paris, access to 13 houses burnt out, Duclair direction.
GPS coordinates (Lat x Long): 49.466681000, 0.853747000

Parc du Chateau d'Orcher

Gonfreville-l'Orcher (76,700)
Castle Orcher
Tel: 33 (0) 2 35 45 45 91

30 mins from Chateau

Built from the twelfth century to protect the entrance to the Seine from the top of a cliff 90 meters, the tower Orcher consisted of a square tower and an enclosure including towers at each end, separated by the plateau a gap of twenty yards wide.

In 1735 it was bought by the family of Rouen Planterose Melmont which transforms the taste of the eighteenth century.

Since then the architecture has not changed and it was never sold.

The castle now belongs to the family Harcourt.

Terraced gardens, modern complement the setting for Orcher and allow you to enjoy wonderful outlook towards the Bay of Seine and the Normandy bridge.

Creation Date: 1750, Area: 25 acres

Opening :

Free visit to the park:
Open from March 29 to December 28 daily from 8 to 20h. Closed Thursday.
Free for individuals.
From 29 December to 28 March open only on Sunday from 9h to 17h.
Take a tour of the castle and gardens from 1 July to 15 August every day from 14h to 18h, except Monday.

Visits

Free visits.
Access for the disabled.

Rates:

Take a tour of the castle and gardens:
Adults: 5.5 Euros. Ages 10 to 15: 3 Euros. Free for children under 10 years.
The visit of the castle includes access to the gardens.
Possibility of access for groups from May 1 to September 30 on weekends by appointment.

Services :

Room rental, Party, Lawn publicly available Dogs not accepted, visit the Castle.

Access :

Orcher is 8 km from Le Havre, 17 km from Honfleur, 88 km from Rouen and 198 km from Paris.
GPS coordinates (Lat x Long): 49.497037000, 0.246227000

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Artmazia, Seine-Maritime

Artmazia, maze artist
25 route de Neuchatel
76270 MASSY
Tel: 02 35 93 17 12

Made up of 5,000 beech and hornbeam trees and with trails covering over three kilometres, the Artmazia labyrinth is the longest maze in the world! Embark on a journey to the centre of the maze to discover the troll's grotto. The three hectare park also includes ponds, apple orchards and a stunning view of the Pays du Bray "buttonhole", as well as an art garden hosting annual exhibitions of contemporary sculptures.

Opening :

Open May 1 to October 1.
May, June, September and October: Open Saturday and Sunday from 14:30 to 18:30.
July and August: daily from 14:30 to 18:30.

Rates

Adult: 6 €.
Child: 5 €.

Access :

Location nearby Rouen - Neufchatel En Bray (5 km)

www.artmazia.com

Bec Hellouin organic farm

The organic farm at Bec Hellouin
Perry and Charles Herve-GRUYER
1, present at the Moulin Cat - 27800 LE BEC HELLOUIN
Tel / Fax: 02 32 44 50 57

Product of the dreams of two nature lovers, Perrine and Charles Herve-Gruyer, the Ferme Biologique du Bec Hellouin invites young and old to experience the benefits of organic farming.

Visit the farm and meet the Merens horses, a hardy race from the Pyrenees; the mini Shetland ponies; the sheep from the island of Ouessant; donkeys from the Cotentin Peninsula; pigs from Bayeux and not forgetting the rabbits, hens, geese, ducks and guinea fowl!

Visitors to the farm can also lend a hand in working the soil with a draught horse.

Located at 1h30 of Paris, in a valley classified Natura 2000, near one of the most beautiful villages of France, the organic farm at Bec Hellouin is an "experimental farm, under the principles of permaculture.

This allows intense production, virtually without recourse to fossil fuels, with absolute respect for the environment. It is interesting to note that the principles of permaculture can yield significantly higher than those of mechanized farming. We currently produce 80 weekly baskets of vegetables, fruits, berries and aromatic and medicinal plants over an area of 5000 m2. The farm also has orchards (500 varieties of fruit), grassland and woodland, 16 hectares.

Accredited educational farm and winner of the Trophy eco-tourism in the Upper Normandy, the organic farm at Bec Hellouin welcomes groups and individual visitors. An eco-training center is under construction. The activity "training" is likely to grow over the years, including the establishment of vocational training " in permaculture gardening and animal traction", intended for future organic farmers. The farm hosts several years of long-term placements in vocational training.

Opening :

The farm is open every day except Monday from April 22 - November 5, between 11am and 12:30pm and between 2pm and 6pm.
In July and August it is open every day except Monday between 11am and 6pm

Rates

Entry is free for Children up to 8 years, €2.50 from 8-15 years and €5.00 for adults.
Guided tours lasting about 45 minutes can be arranged at €30.

Services :

Live demonstrations of working with the Heavy Horses are held on Saturday afternoons.

www.fermedubec.com

Roseraie du Chateau de Miserey

Miserey (27930)
2, Church Street.
Tel: 02 32 67 00 21 - Fax: 02 32 67 00 21

Inspired by Dante, Miserey is a symbolic garden representing the promises of the after-life: heaven and hell. Under the watchful eye of the serpent – a boxwood surrounded by poppies and marigolds – the cross-shaped garden showcases a collection of rare plants from across Europe. Hell is composed of everything that stings and scratches: plants that irritate the skin; thorn-covered brambles; prickly bushes; pepper plants and hogweed. Purgatory is a simple alley of yews and apple-scented roses. Finally, heaven opens out with its sweet-smelling thornless roses and pure, white flowers.

Listed site, amid vast landscapes that showcases the sky, the castle park Miserey encloses a church and cemetery. Since 1996, the date of creation, the rose garden is enriched year after year. On a cruciform plan, three themed gardens are inspired by Dante, where the Hell, Purgatory and Eden offer visitors roses that change colors, which change oil skyward.

From around the world, a collection of roses thornless (bearing no spine) is Miserey to belong to the Route of the Rose Gardens in Normandy.

The tour ends on a path of roses bloom continuously over 100 meters long ...

Creation Date: 1995, Area: 10 acres

Opening :

In April, Friday to Monday for the flower show.
From May 1 to August 15 the same days and holidays.
From 16 August to September, by appointment,
From September to November 1st, Sunday.
Guided tours on Sundays at 15 pm 30.
Group tours and school every day by appointment (minimum 20 people)

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Free visits.
Guided tours by appointment, duration: 1h30, number of persons minimum: 20.
Access for the disabled.

Rates

Free for children under 10 years.
€ 6.50 per person. € 5.50 per person for groups.
€ 4.00 per person for schools.

Services :

Shop, picnic area equipped, toilets and health, Lawn accessible to the public, leashed dogs allowed, free parking arranged.
Training courses, children's workshops, garden workshops, educational activities only upon request and by appointment.
Possibilities for organizing refreshments in the Orangery.

Access:

At 90 km from Paris, 50 km from Rouen, 30 km from Giverny.
A 1 km from the RN 13 between Pacy sur Eure (7 km) and Evreux (7km)
GPS coordinates (Lat x Long): 49.020675000, 1.271115000