Château de Vaux le Vicomte
At 55 km south east from Paris, coming with the A4 or A6 then A5b.
At 40 km south from Eurodisney and at 5km from Melun.
In train: 25 minutes from Paris gare de Lyon station to Melun Station, shuttle on week ends during the high season.
owner : Jean Charles de VogŁé
Tel. : +33 1 64 14 41 90
Fax : +33 1 60 69 90 85
From March 17th to November 11th 2012, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, last admission at 5.30 pm.
Easter : April 24th and 25th
Restaurant for groups and individuals
Library and souvenir shop
rental of electric club cars in the gardens
many animations for kids.
Historical monument garden, 3 stars in the Michelin Guide
Of the many gardens created by André Le Nôtre, it is the one at Vaux-le-Vicomte that most clearly demonstrates the genius of this landscape architect. This masterpiece is the fruit of a meeting of minds, between Nicolas Fouquet and the three artists who are behind the creation of Vaux; Le Nôtre was one of them.
The north-south perspective is the garden's dominant feature. From the north, where it begins, it descends towards the château, traverses it through three sets of captivating arches, extends to the south of the château in successive terraces, plunges down to meet the river Anqueuil which widens its course into a mirror, then rises sharply above the Grottoes to continue across the forest and on to the invisible horizon.
And everywhere, lots of water, which can be sleeping ponds or spurting out fountains, making a total of 20 acres in 24 ponds (40 in 1661)
It is the perfection of the relationship between all the parts of the garden, so well-balanced that it creates an apparent symmetry, that lends the garden its enchantment and charm.
In the basement of the château, an exhibition id dedicated to Le Nôtre and recreates the atmosphere of a french style garden. Visitors can discover the major gardens around Paris created by the landscape gardener and an extraordinary interactive model explaining the creation of the gardens of Vaux, with all the rules characterizing the work of Le Nôtre such as the visual effects he offers to the visitor during his walk.
Three centuries after its creation, Mother Nature had taken back its rights and had wiped out the garden. The house and outbuildings had the destiny to be destroyed, until when, in 1875, Mr Alfred Sommier, bought the estate and saved it. The VogŁé family, its directs descendants are today trying to keep up this work and are sharing it with the visitors.
Every Saturday from May 5th to October 6th 2012 – from 8.00 pm to midnight (last admission at 11.00 pm)
From March 24th to November 10th 2012, from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m., every second and last Saturday in the month.
From May 5th to October 6th 2011, from 10.30 pm to 11.00 pm, every 1st and 3rd Saturday in the month.