Monty Don – French Gardens
Monty Don at Champ de Bataille Gardens
The Chateau du Champ de Bataille boasts a magnificent garden based in part on the classic French style and heavily influenced by drawings by the French designer le Notre – hence it’s inclusion in Monty Don‘s first programme of his new BBC2 series, “French Gardens”, which aired on 1st February 2013.
Monty was exploring “Gardens of Power and Passion” in and around Paris, with emphasis on those designed by Andre Le Notre, the son of Louis XVIII’s gardener at les Tuileries. The original gardens at Champ de Bataille fell into disrepair and had virtually disappeared when the present owner, Jacques Garcia, took it upon himself to recreate a garden in the grounds of the chateau, which is situated next to one of the best golf courses in France 😉 .
An outline plan of the former gardens had survived, which revealed the basic outline and terraces of the missing garden.
This was used only as a general guideline, rather than copied slavishly. The resulting garden (which was begun in 1993 and took 12 years to complete) is a masterful blend of classical French and Italian design and inspiration, with modern influences. Parterres, follies, classical temples, fountains, lakes – 43 hectares of park and garden in all, crowned by a stunning view that stretches over a mile down the garden from the main terrace of the chateau du Champ de Bataille.
Practical Information to visit Champ de Bataille
Château du Champ de Bataille gardens are open weekends and public holidays from Easter to end of October, from 14.00h to 18.00h.
May, June, September open every day 14.00h to 18.00h.
July to August open every day 10.00h to 18.00h.
Château du Champ de Bataille interior is open for “audioguide” visits on weekends and public holidays from Easter to end of October, from 15h30 to 17h30.
July to August open every day 15h30 to 17h30.