Gardens of normandy - sample itinerary

Day 1

Meet me in Paris, board our private bus and drive to Bayeux.  On the way visit  the gardens of Château du Champ de Bataille , Le Neubourg,   the estate of world-renowned decorator Jacques Garcia who purchased it in 1992 and has been working to restore the gardens and interiors to their former 17th century splendor ever since

 

Day 2

In the morning we visit Jardins de Castillon, Plantbessin, a delightful award-winning private garden started in 1982 around a nursery .  Lunch in Bayeux and visit of the famous Tapestry of Bayeux, listed as a „Memory of  the World“ sight by UNESCO.  In the afternoon we visit Château de Brécy, a most unusual Italianate garden, restored to near-perfection by the owners.

 

Day 3

Visit the D-Day beaches with a private guide. Night in Honfleur

 

Day 4

 

In the morning we visit Le Bois des Moutiers, Varengeville.  The house and garden were created by Robert Mallet starting in 1898 with the assistance of Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.  The property has been in the Mallet family for more than 100 years and is a rare example of  Arts and Crafts design on the continent.

In the afternoon, we tour Le Vasterival, in Sainte Marguerite sur Mer, the life work of the late Princess Sturdza who started it in 1957.  Its renown is based not only on its botanical diversity but also on its brilliant landscaping which offers something of interest for the visitor at every season.

 

Day 5

On our way back to Paris, we visit Château de Miromesnil, Tourville-sur-Arques :  a lovely potager garden around a historic château.  After lunch at a local Norman Auberge our final stop is Le Jardin Plume, a contemporary private garden combining a formal use of space with an innovative use of plants and sculptural mowing of grasses.   We reach Paris in the early evening.