Along the alle, a dozen young lime trees and a beautiful copper beech tree.
Arriving at the first courtyard with oleander and citrus trees in containers (lemons and mandarins) as it was the fashion in the17th century when Jacques de Maillé was lord of Flocellière Castle.
Walking around the keep you'll come toa vast terrace and discover a splendid view of the hills and fields with hedges typical of the region called the Haut-Bocage. From the other side of the small valley you'll see an ancient farm mentioned in documents going back to 1090 and at the top of the hill, in a small wood, the ruins of a tower that was the castle windmill in days of yore.
This terrace was in fact the large castle courtyard prior to the fire of 1794. At that time it was completely closed in and surrounding by living quarters and a chapel.We have have created a classic garden in square parcels around the ancient well with pruned yew trees dotted about.
This part of the park is situated on a small valley west and north of the granite hill on which the castle was built.
This small green dale has many springs and creeks which helped create the ponds. It is planted with a large variety of local trees: ash, alder, nut, oak, chestnuts.
Approaching the pond's dike take the path going by the old wash-house on your left.
Several hundred meters along the path snaking between the hedges you'll come to a small field at the foot of the castle.
Crossing the field don't miss the very old chestnut trees among the hedge. On your right there's a lovely view of the castle and on your left just below is a pond. At the end of the field come through the passage in the wall that brings you to the Romantic Park and the castle.
With 3 terraces at the foot of the Renaissance style façade, the Italian Garden is east of the castle. The central lane descends from the grand exterior staircase where you can cross the garden with its successive terraces lined with Medicis vases.
Discover the middle terrace, purposefully hidden from view, when you reach the central lane.
The Italian Garden is in renovation as this description is being written. Work will be finished in the coming years and will include topiary and trimmed borders.
This garden is at the foot of the feudal walls to the west of the castle.
It recalls the gardens of the Middle Ages at the foot of town and castle fortifications. Formed by small squares with aromatic or medicinal plants and flowers, enjoy the aromas.
From the castle walk through a small vouted door in the middle of a fortified wall
In the past one reached the garden by a footpath bridge (which could be raised at night) and a wooden staircase
The current garden has rectangular flower beds surrounded by small trimmed euonymus. Strawberries, red currents, raspberries, courgettes, pumpkins, etc. are planted in the garden. Depending on the season you'll enjoy seeing many other vegetables and flowers.