Five centuries of garden history…

 

At the heart of the Gâtinais region, the park of Courances extends over 75 hectares. Long thought to have been designed byLe Nôtre, the park is in reality a century older. First and foremost, the park is a “water garden” dating back to the Renaissance, a style that came after the enclosed Medieval garden but before the classical park.

 

The park of Courances was modified over the centuries, with each owner wishing to establish his personal imprint. Glimpses of the classical French park of the 17th century, the French-style garden of the 19th and Japonism can all be seen today. Abandoned in 1830, then restored by Achille Duchêne, the park has undergone many transformations. In no way can Courances be considered a museum, and even today the park is constantly evolving.

 

Listed as one of France’s most outstanding gardens, the park is open to the public every weekend and on public holidays from 6 April to 3 November: enjoy the changing faces of this unique place in spring, summer and autumn…

 

Map Illustration by: Pigment & Parchment