The French Table Presents
The private gardens of Normandy
April 10-17, 2019
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Day one: April 10
Pick up in Paris at 16.00 from Hotel Relais Christine.
Travel back to Chateau Bosgouet.
Champagne Aperitif at Chateau Bosgouet
19.00: Dinner at Chateau Bosgouet
Day two: April 11
7.00am: Walk for those interested
8.00am: Breakfast at Chateau Bosgouet in Dining room
9.30am: Depart for Miromesnil :
Built in 1590 on the remains of the old fortified castle destroyed during the Battle of Arques, the
Miromesnil castle is the testimony of four centuries of architectural history. The simple lines of the Henry IV style south façade contrast with the decorative profusion of the Louis XIII monumental north facade.
Despite the succession of numerous landlords, the castle has kept its decorative elements from the past centuries: wooden panels from the XVII and XVIII century. The furniture (sofas, chest of drawers, wardrobes) relates to life in the castle in the XVIII century.
Private tour of potager garden, chapel & chateau at Miromesnil followed by lunch in the chateau, hosted by the owners.
5.00pm: Return to Chateau Bosgouet
7.30pm: Dinner at bosgouet
Day three: April 12
8,00am: Breakfast at Bosgouet
9.30am: Depart for Champ de Bataille:
The Château du Champ-de-Bataille, is a castle which is in the Eure department of Upper Normandy. A baroque castle, Château du Champ-de-Bataille lies between the river Risle to the west and the river Iton to the east. It was built in the 17th century for the Maréchal de Créqui.
The garden was created beginning in 1992 by a new owner, interior designer Jacques Garcia. It was inspired by sketches of the original garden, long vanished, which showed the placement of the great terrace, the broderies and bousquets, and the proportions of the squares of Apollo and Diana. These features were scrupulously reproduced, while the new features of the garden took their "measure and tone" from the model of the original. The garden is listed by the French Ministry of Culture as one of the Notable Gardens of France.
Late afternoon return to Chateau Bosgouet
Day four: April 13
9.30am: Depart for Chateau Beaumesnil
The Beaumesnil Castle is located in Normandy's Eure department, 140 km from Paris. Beaumesnil is a rare masterpiece of the Louis XIII baroque style. It is partially classified as a French historical monument.
Picnic Lunch at Chateau Beaumesnil.
Mid afternoon return to Chateau Bosgouet.
7.30pm: Dinner tonight at local Michelin star restaurant
Day five: April 14
9.30am: Depart for Chateau Bizy
This Royal Chateau was built by France's last King and the Albufera family, descendants of Emperor Napoleon's brothers, who still live here today.
Inside enjoy the richness of the château thanks to wood panelling from the 18th century or tapestries from a series of royal houses. In each room, find furniture and reminders of the family. visit and learn the tragic story of the Princess de Lamballe!
Luncheon at Giverny
After lunch time to wander through moneys garden at Giverny for those who wish to.
Late afternoon return to Chateau Bosgouet.
Champagne tasting tonight followed by dinner at Chateau Bosgouet.
Day six: April 15
9.30pm: Depart for Chateau de Brecy
A seventeenth century chateau with a meticulously restored, richly ornamented Italian style garden. The garden is laid out over four terraces
We will luncheon at a nearby restaurant before returning mid afternoon to Chateau Bosgouet.
7.30pm: Aperitifs and dinner at Chateau Bosgouet
Day seven: April 16
9.30am: Depart for Chateau Boutemont
Garden created in the early 20th century around the 16th century château. Originally of classical French inspiration, part of the garden is today landscaped. Creation of new gardens in Italian Renaissance style with sculpted boxwood, sculptures and Tuscany pottery. Renovation of the pool and fountain designed by Achille Duchène in the early 20th century. Plants and decorative features around the pool. Visits of the park, the chapel and the moat around the castle, the glasshouses and the orangery.
Luncheon at nearby restaurant.
Late afternoon return to Chateau Bosgouet
Champagne and petanque before dinner tonight.
Dinner at local restaurant on the river Seine.
Day eight: April 17
9.30am: Depart for Paris via Chateau Versailles. We shall enjoy a last visit together of the gardens followed by a picnic lunch by the grand canal.
1.30pm: Drop off in Paris at Hotel Relais Christine.