Discovering one of the most beautiful gardens in France, a hidden treasure of a Breton castle

Located in the town of Bazouges-la-Pérouse (Ille-et-Vilaine), the Château de la Ballue dates back to the 17th century. Famous for having hosted numerous personalities over the past centuries (Victor Hugo, Alfred de Musset, Honoré de Balzac and François-René de Chateaubriand were there to find inspiration), today it is inseparable from its impressive gardens.

Harmony and poetry

“The garden offers the impression of harmony and poetry to the visitor”, we can read castle website which highlights the “extraordinary elegance” and “refinement” of the place. This incredible place almost disappeared. Designed in 1620, it was gradually abandoned until it became a potato field in 1942.

The Ballue Gardens were finally renovated in 1973 by the architect Paul Meymont, and then evolved under the new owners. In total, they are currently distributed 14 different spaces, including six trees. White wisteria, cypresses, magnolias, perfumed lilies and the jasmines climbers delight visitors’ senses.

Green theater and labyrinth

During the walk, they will be able to admire the green theater. It is a hemicycle made of wallsyew tree Replanted in April 1997. All have four side racks, a green backdrop and a grass stage. The bravest will enter the labyrinth, inspired by a sketch of the famous architect Le Corbusier.

Thanks to the harmony of the place, the Ballue garden has won several distinctions. Labeled “Unique Garden” Since 2005, they have also won the “European Garden Prize” in 2018. Open from March to November, they are also available all year round, on request by phone. Pay 10.50 euros for the visit. And to enjoy this peaceful recreation a little more, the castle has a spa and heated outdoor swimming pool.

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