Like every year since 2003 during the first weekend of June France celebrates its garden and parks. The event called “Rendez-vous aux jardins” organized by the Ministry of Culture is an occasion to visit or re-visit not only well known botanical and remarkable gardens but also outstanding privately owned gardens and parks usually closed to the general public.
As far as I was concerned I took the opportunity to visit the garden and park of château Rochemontes a 9 ha estate situated near the village of Seilh some 20km north of Toulouse.
Rochemontes castle itself is a Louis XIII style building erected towards the end of the 17th century and inhabited since by the same family – now at the 12th generation.
The “à la française” park and garden were designed from plans drawn by architect André Le Notre (1613 –1700) the famous landscape architect of the Versailles Gardens.
The estate lies on a cliff above the Garonne River and at the time of its foundation was a border property between the ancient regions of Languedoc and Guyenne.
The domain is also linked to the Napoleon epoch in the sense that it was here that the armies of Wellington stopped before crossing on a bridge of boats the Garonne River deeper into French land.
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!