SAINT-GABRIEL-BRECY

Jardins du Château de Brécy

Parks and gardens

A sumptuous architectural ensemble. Brécy lies between Caen and Bayeux. How this garden came to be tucked away in this hidden corner was a mystery to La Varende, who was fascinated by its ‘inexplicable magnificence’. The gardens at Brécy date from the second half of the 17th century and were long thought to have been designed by François Mansart. They are one of the very few French gardens of that period remaining. From the parterre at the back of the house, the garden rises in a series of four terraces – each one planted out differently – to the great wrought-iron gates and the sky beyond. Brécy combines a medieval flavour in its separate walled gardens with the Renaissance in its sculptures and knot gardens, while heralding the grand tradition of French classical gardens linked closely to a stately home.
Contact details

Jardins du Château de Brécy

Château de Brécy

14480 SAINT-GABRIEL-BRECY

Phone : 02 31 80 11 48

Fax : 02 31 80 11 90

Labels

Labels

  • Normandy Parks and Gardens Club
  • Rates

    Base rate - full rate adult From 8 €
    Gratuities
    Rate for adult group From 8 €

    (NON-GUIDED VISIT)

    School group rate From 4 €

    (NON-GUIDED VISIT)

    Opening times

    Open from 26/03 to 01/11, on tuesday, thursday and sunday and bank holidays, and on saturday in June

    Facility

    Coach Parking

    Visits

    VisitsIndividualGroup
    Further informationDuration: 45min or guided tour in F, GB or D: 1 hr. -

    Group

    Coach parking
    Groups acccepted
    The greatest charm of this residence lies in its terraced gardens surrounded by stone balustrades and statues. The site is a listed National Monument (1650-1675). ‘Garden of Note’ award.