4 remarkable gardens in Périgord

The pure delight of a stroll through a garden! The mere word is enough to conjure up colours, fragrance and birdsong. Read on to find out about four "remarkable gardens" in Périgord, representing plant art à la française.
"Remarkable garden" is a label bestowed by the French Ministry of Culture, to acknowledge the garden's originality, maintenance and quality of hospitality. Aquitaine has no fewer than 31 to date.
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The gardens at the château de Hautefort

The 17th-century château strikes an elegant silhouette above the village of Hautefort. It's listed as a historic French monument, boasting English and French gardens that enhance the site remarkably with boxwood embroidery and pretty perspectives. From the outer walls, the sight is striking.
www.chateau-hautefort.com

The inescapable

Gardens of the Château de Hautefort
Gardens of the Château de Hautefort

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Amusement

Do you know what "l’or noir du Périgord" is? That's right! Truffles. Take in a tour of the truffle museum in Sorges to find out all about it. An experience calling on all your senses.
www.ecomusee-truffe-sorges.com

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The jardins de l’Imaginaire in Terrasson-the-Villedieu

In the town of Terrasson, there is an enchanted garden, overlooking the Vézère, not far from Lascaux: the Jardins de l’Imaginaire, or imaginary gardens. Visitors embark on a quirky circuit of 13 tableaux featuring a rich array of symbols mingling in with contemporary architecture, water, wind and of course plants - including a superb rose garden - and landscapes. These tastefully laid out gardens were designed by landscape artist Kathryn Gustafson and architect Ian Ritchie.
www.jardins-imaginaire.com

The inescapable

The jardins de l’Imaginaire
The jardins de l’Imaginaire
Fountains, one of 13 \
Fountains, one of 13 "paintings" of the gardens.

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Liberty

Explore the nearby village of Saint-Amand de Coly, with its 12th-century fortified abbey where you can attend concerts in the summer.
www.festivalduperigordnoir.fr

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The gardens at Eyrignac manor in Salignac-Eyvigues

First created in the 18th century, listed as a historic French monument, a rare example of gardens à la française,  selected for the Grand Prix for gardens in France. The Eyrignac manor gardens are a perfect example of topiary art. 40 kilometres of hedges featuring hornbeams, yews and boxwood, sculpted by hand and cypresses with an Italian air: these gardens are decidedly romantic, with a grove of words and a lovers' chamber, messages full of wishes and promises. The same family has lived and loved here for the past 500 years, that's 22 generations !
www.eyrignac.com

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The gardens at Eyrignac manor
The gardens at Eyrignac manor

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Liberty

Visit Saint-Geniès, a village with plenty of personality, with flat-stone roofed houses, a 13th-century château and a 12th-century church.
www.ot-salignac.com

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The hanging gardens in Marqueyssac, Vézac

130m above the Dordogne, these gardens are like a treasure trove. Imagine 150,000 sculpted boxwoods marking out winding alleys, extravagant oaks, cypresses adorning the terraces in Le Nôtre style. The gardens feature a games area where you can play old-fashioned games and a labyrinth for the kids.
www.marqueyssac.com

The inescapable

Sculpted boxwood
Sculpted boxwood
Take a stroll in the hanging gardens in Marqueyssac
Take a stroll in the hanging gardens in Marqueyssac

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Amusement

Take a trip on the Dordogne aboard a traditional gabare boat from Beynac for a view from below after the view from above!
www.gabarre-beynac.com

Marvelling

On Thursday nights in the summer, the gardens are lit with 2,000 candles. Music is laid on as a beautiful finishing touch and there are shows and workshops for the kids: truly magical!

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