Les jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac
The Gardens of Eyrignac are located 13 km north east of Sarlat.
Railway stations : Sarlat 13 km, Souillac 20 km, Brive 40 km.
Airports : Brive 40 km.
International airports : Bordeaux 200 km.
and Toulouse 190 km.
Direct access by A 20 : Brive or Souillac exits.
Direct access by A 89 : La Bachellerie and Terrasson exits.
Owner: Patrick Sermadiras de Pouzols de Lile
Tel. : +33 5 53 28 99 71
Fax : +33 5 53 30 39 89
from 1st January to 31st March : from 10.30 to 12.30 and from 14.30 to dusk.
from 1st to 30th April : open all day from 10.00 to 19.00 (*).
from 1st May to 30th September : open all day from 09.30 to 19.00 (*).
from 1st October to 31st October : from 10.00 to dusk.
from 1st November to 31st December : from 10.30 to 12.30 and from 14.30 to dusk.
(* Ticket office closes at 19.00)
Unaccompanied visit or self-guided visit in 4 languages (French, English, Spanish, Dutch), pleasantly rounded off by an exhibition with a film about the art of topiary as practised in the gardens.
Restaurant on site (from 1st April to 31st October), shady picnic area.
Parking (free of charge in shady area; without manoeuvring for coaches).
Authorised landing strip for aircraft and helicopters (accessible by written request).
(valid for 2 adults and up to
3 children or 3 teenagers)
(personal and valid the whole year)
(*With your ticket, 2€ discount
for 1 meal at the restaurant)
|Children under 5||FREE|
|Children from 5 to 12 years old||5€|
|Teenager from 13 to 18 years old||8,50 €|
|Winter reduced tariff Adult
from November 15th to end of February
reduced price for
the accompanying people
|Children up to 12 years old||4 €|
|Teenager from 13 to 18 years old||5 €|
(only upon reservation)
for each group of 10 pupils
(children aged 6 to 10)
|Technical visit on lawn
pruning and upkeep
|Rent your visioguide
|Private tour of the gardens and
the Manor with the owner
* With an adult ticket, 2€ discount for 1 meal at the restaurant, drinks and snacks excluded
10 hectares of plant sculptures
This garden filled with greenery, nestling in the heart of Périgord Noir, displays every shade of green: yews, box trees, hornbeams and cypress trees are the main species in the garden.
It is the sheer volume of topiaries which creates the essence of Eyrignac: plant sculptures, rooms of greenery, box embroideries, borders in the French style… There seems to be no limit to the diversity of shapes, which nonetheless still remain in harmony with the architectural lines of the Manoir and the area of 200 hectares kept in its natural state which surrounds this jewel of a garden.
In my family, the Gardens of the Manoir d'Eyrignac have been handed down by sons and daughters for the past 500 years: 22 generations have followed one another since the first castel or noble dwelling was built.
At the time of the Fronde des Princes (the Civil War in the XVIIth Century, when some of the nobility rebelled against Cardinal Mazarin), my ancestor remained in the loyalist camp: in reprisal, the troops of the Grand Condé, Prince Louis II of Bourbon, destroyed the first castel, which dated from the Early Middle Ages. The present Manor house was rebuilt by Antoine de Costes de la Calprenède in the XVIIth Century on the ruins of the former dwelling. The first gardens were designed in the XVIIIth Century on the initiative of Louis-Antoine Gabriel de la Calprenède (the great-grandson of Antoine), who was more blessed by fortune: these were gardens in the French style, inspired by those of the villa of Italy, as taste dictated at that time. They were completely revised in the XIXth Century to follow the new fashion, and thus became an English-style park.
This garden did not correspond with the vision that my father, Gilles Sermadiras, had of Eyrignac. He very quickly had the desire to redesign it just as it must have been in the XVIIIth Century. After thinking about it for a number of years, finally 40 years ago he decided to recreate the garden he had wanted for such a long time. Trusting in his own inspiration he searched the grounds for any trace of the former garden: walls, steps, the former lake etc., and himself designed the garden he had so often imagined, and which reflected his personality.
The fate of this “secret garden” now rests in my hands, and every day I try to pay homage to my father's creativity by keeping his work alive with rigour and passion”.
Sunday 8th and Monday 9th April 2012: Easter Treasure
From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. continuously
Easter bunnies are back to Eyrignac for children and parents.
Children giving the right answers to the unusual new quiz will taste chocolate gold coins. Parents will also be put to work: the puzzle will be subtle and will require their imagination ... No gold coin as a reward, but the collectable Eyrignac coin issued by the Monnaie de Paris.
No additional cost asked for this event
From Saturday 28th April to Tuesday 1st May 2012 : 8th edition of the exotic orchid exhibition
Orchids from Le Sénat special guests at Eyrignac
Selling-Exhibition in the Orangerie of the gardens of Eyrignac
From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. continuously
2012 special guest for the 8th edition :
The orchids from the Jardin du Luxembourg
For the first time in the region Aquitaine, visitors will make the most of an outstanding moment and admire a selection of the orchids collection from the Jardin du Luxembourg thanks to this 8th edition.
A setting, specially designed will give a unique pattern to this event, that will be composed by 4 days full of activities, workshops and conferences dedicated to various audiences.
Saturday will be dedicated to collectors in priority , Monday to children and seniors whereas during the two other days ,many novelties will await visitors.
Price: 3€ from 12 years old - Preferential adult rate for the visit of the gardens 9,5€ (instead of 12€) giving access to the visit of the Gardens upon presentation of the Orchid entrance ticket.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2012
From 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m. continuously : Rendez Vous aux Jardins « the Garden and its images
The whole gardeners’ team will be here to lead workshops all the weekend long : technical workshop on the topiary pruning with hand shears , workshop on the lawns maintenance and workshops on finishing works. The gardeners will meet the visitors to share their savoir-faire and their constructive advices
No additional cost asked for this event
Every Monday night from July 16th to August 20th 2012
Musical Picnic in the White Garden
From 06:00 p.m. to nightfall.
Take the time to relax in the cooling fountains at twilight, surrounded by the lovely light of the ending day: with family or friends, visitors are invited throughout the summer to dress in white, and to come and share a picnic in the White Roses Garden.
From sunset to nightfall, you will nibble your picnic treats or buy one of those for sale at the restaurant .
In this musical and intimate atmosphere , one will celebrate the sunset slowly vanishing on the outstanding and endlessly hills , in the middle of the fountains of the White Garden for a moment out of time .
14€ per adult
Concert in the Manor House courtyard : Sunday 5th August 2012
«SIRBA OCTET » - in the heart of the Yiddish and Gypsy soul
In partnership with the Festival of the Black Perigord
From 9 p.m.
An outsanding evening for the 30th anniversary of the Festival of the Black Perigord.
Richard Schmoucler, violin
Christian Brière, violin
David Gaillard, viloa
Claude Giron, cello
Bernard Cazauran, double bass
Philippe Berrod, clarinet
Iurie Morar, cimbalom
Laurent Boukobza, piano
Information and reservations : Festival du Périgord Noir 05.53.51.61.61
28th European Heritage Days on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2012
Visitors will discover the gardens as they have never seen them: the details of the green sculptures, open lawn paths, the French parterre, the gardeners workshop, the inside of the Manor House. All that cannot be seen throughout the year will be revealed for a weekend.