Parks and Gardens in Brittany

Whilst you are out and about you might enjoy visiting some of the regions gardens. Most are set in the grounds of some lovely local stately homes and chateaux with spectacular views over the Breton countryside.

 

Jardins/Chateau La Ballue

I particularly enjoyed this garden in the Mont St. Michel area. The grounds have been separated into ‘Rooms’ which the designers hoped would inspire different emotions in the visitor. It worked for me as I wandered from a stage where they still hold open air theatre, then to the spiritual grove and eventually, into the formal gardens.

The Wisteria avenue was past it’s glory when I visited but it must be enchanting at the right time of year.

There is a lovely little tea room here too.
The visit doesn’t take long, depending of course on how much you like to linger.
Unfortunately, you can’t visit the chateau.

Chateau/Jardin Montmarin

If you find yourselves heading toward St. Malo, take some time to visit these beautiful gardens at Chateau Montmarin.

A remarkable garden on the banks of the Rance, near Dinard and Saint-Malo. Le Montmarin, the only shipowner’s mansion on the left bank of the Rance, looks out over a magnificent stretch of water. The 6 ha park, which is laid out in terraces leading down to the river Rance, comprises a French garden and romantic park with lawns, groves, rockery, banks of trees and flowers and botanical collections. There is also a nursery on site where you can purchase plants.

Parc Botanique du Haute Bretagne

21 themed gardens set in over 25 hectars of parkland.
These gardens are quite a drive (1hr) but well worth it. You will need the best part of the day to take it all in.
Members of the family who aren’t keen gardeners can visit the close by citadel of Fougeres. If you get the chance, visit the chateau and wander through the lovely medieval streets. Market day in Fougeres is Saturday morning.

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