Champ de Bataille
On the very site of the 10th century battle that gave victory to William Longsword and brought independence to Normandy, an extraordinary contemporary park has been created, in a skillfully restyled classical setting.
Château du Champ de Bataille © Vudoiseau
The renowned stylist and designer Jacques Garcia has revived the Champ de Bataille by a skillful mingling of genres. The château, one of the finest 18th century estates in France, achieves its fullest expression in the restored French gardens that cover over 90 acres. The Champ de Bataille is something of a journey between the tangible and the intangible, the finite and infinite, between interiority and exteriority, and this remarkable site offers visitors an experience that goes beyond the purely physical. Jacques Garcia has succeeded in giving extraordinarily modern overtones to eternal models. The Champ de Bataille also boasts vast apartments whose rich baroque decoration bursts forth from floor to ceiling, creating a welcoming backcloth for some very fine collections. With exquisite taste guided by a love of beautiful things, Jacques Garcia has restored or replaced the furniture and fittings dispersed during the French Revolution.
Worth a visit
- The grand apartments (website in French) : The spectacular rooms open to visitors reveal the priceless treasures assembled by the owner, Jacques Garcia, who is a passionate collector.
- The gardens : Inspired by drawings by Le Nôtre, the 17th century designer of many fine gardens, the Champ de Bataille gardens are a brilliant work of art, a homage to classical design that enhances the uncompleted buildings, which become objects in a sumptuous setting.
- Open air opera : once a year the château du Champ de bataille acts as the setting for a great opera
Not to be missed