Parks and gardens


Castle and park of Bonnefontaine – Antrain

The Breton renaissance castle, Chateau Bonnefontaine, built between the XIVth and XVth centuries, was enlarged in the XIXth in the romantic style. It’s grand English-style garden was created by Denis Bülher, who also designed Thabor gardens in Rennes, and Edouard André, who designed Parc Monceau in Paris and Hyde Parc to London. The magnificent gardens consists of vast natural spaces and punctuated by man made landscapes containing sequoias, bald cypresses, Chinese yews, and magnolias not to mention fuchsias, hydrangeas and other rhododendrons.

Château de Bonnefontaine

 

The castle grounds are open weekends and school holidays
Easter until November 1.
From 10:00 am at 6:00 pm
Entrance fee

Contact :
Tel : 02 99 98 31 13
Fax : 02 99 98 31 13
contact@bonnefontaine.com
www.bonnefontaine.com


Castle and gardens of La Ballue – Bazouges-la-Pérouse

Ballue was part of the 10th century chain of defense found along the Couesnon river valley, extending from Fougeres to Mont Saint-Michel. Gilles Ruellan, advisor and friend of King Henri IV transformed the property into a chateau in the XVIIth century, it’s magnificient landscapes, hills and forests, and quiet luxuriousness of the chateau, was appreciated by and owes much of it’s fame to the famous writers and personalities Balzac, Victor Hugo, Musset and Châteaubriand who stayed there.
In the XXth century the Chateau Ballue and it’s gardens were lovingly restored to it’s original glory. The renovations were done with the aid of 20th century art historians and experts on the rules topiary art (sculpted bushes and flower beds). There is also a complex labyrinth offering visitors an experience to delight the senses. Designed by architect Paul Maymont and typical of 17th century mannerist garden, thirteen surprises are revealed along the labyrinth path. As well as sculptures of various artists who visited and worked at the chateau throughout the centuries. Separating the labyrinth from the more formal gardens, designed by François-Herbert Steven, is an arch of wisterias supported by a columns of yews, Today, a registered historic landmark, the Chateau is luxury Bed & Breakfast, it’s gardens are considered to be among the most beautiful in France. It is possible to visit the gardens, open from April till September, with a calendar of concerts events to the delight the eyes and ears of music and garden lovers.

NOUVELLE GALERIE

The Chateau Ballue and it’s I.S.M.H. labeled gardens are open from March 1st till November 15th.
From 10:00 am till 6:30 pm
Entrance fee

Contact :
Tél : 02 99 97 47 86
Fax : 02 99 97 47 70
château@la-ballue.com
www.laballuejardin.comwww.laballue.com


Wildlife Park « Le Chemin des Iles » - Tremblay

An outdoor sculpture park, wonderful garden and mini-zoo in the heart of Tremblay, an environment in which nature and dreams become one. Made up of 1km of walking paths and home to a menagerie of animals from all over Europe (dwarf goats, llamas, a pig from Vietnam, donkeys from Rumania, Jacob’s lambs, cows from Scotland, ornamental birds, ducks, and horses). Created as a therapeutic center in the heart of Tremblay, the park is handicapped and wheelchair accessible. Picnic area with Picnic tables

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NOUVELLE GALERIE
NOUVELLE GALERIE

Schedule: winter 9:00 am till 7:00 pm – summer 9:00 am till 10:00 pm
Foyer de Vie « Le Chemin des Iles »
20 rue Vincent Grellé 35460 TREMBLAY
Tél. 02 99 98 20 11
mr.tremblay@wanadoo.fr