Jardins et parcs de Breteuil
CHOISEL, 78460 CHEVREUSE
35 km from Paris, 20 km from Versailles and 7 km (along paths for walkers) from Saint Rémy-lès-Chevreuse.
Coming from Paris: at the Sèvres bridge, take the N118 towards Bordeaux, Saclay exit, then follow the RN306 to Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse. Then follow signs for Les Molières and the route is marked with arrows.
Owners : Henri-François and Séverine de Breteuil
Tél. : 01 30 52 05 02
Fax : 01 30 52 71 10
Open for visits all year round, daily from 10.00 to 18.30
Individual visitors : For individuals visitors the gardens open at 10 :00 a.m. the chateau opens at 2 ;30 p.m. all year round (additional visit at 11 :30 a.m. on Sundays, public holidays ans school vacations).
Groups are welcome, mornings or afternoons, by reservation. Also by reservation, meals can be catered for at the château.
Playground and picnic areas.
Kiosk-creperie open from midday on Sundays and public holidays from 5th April to 1st November 2009. Tearoom open on Sundays from 8th November to 28th March 2010.
Baladobus : 2 trips from RER station Saint Rémy lès Chevreuse, only on Sundays and feats days, from May to October. Information for timetable : tél : 01 30 52 09 09.
Pancakes and snack : Open every Sunday from Easter to end of October.
Gardens and fairy tales: full rate 9.50 €, reduced rate 8 € (young people and seniors).
Chateau, gardens and fairy tales: full rate 14.00 €, reduced rate 12.00 € (seniors), 11.00 € (children)
listed by the French Ministry of Culture as " remarkable gardens "
The gardens of the chateau of Breteuil have been listed by the French Ministry of Culture as " remarkable gardens ". The magnificent park, covering 75 hectares, can be rediscovered as the seasons change: some visitors will find interesting botanical specimens, others a maze and play area, but everyone will find a place where they are free to relax.
Breteuil was built on a promontory and dominates the Regional Nature Park of the Vallée de Chevreuse. The site has been the subject of continuous improvements for 400 years.
The French style gardens, which include a water mirror and borders planted with yews and topiary bushes, form a magnificent backdrop to the chateau; they are the creation of Achille Duchêne. These gardens are enclosed by an English style park laid out on one of the slopes of the Vallée de Chevreuse. Clumps of rhododendrons which flower in the spring, carpets of wild cyclamen in the autumn and striking trees punctuate the promenade which leads to 2 romantic pools, the realm of the ducks. In the hollow of a small valley are some outstanding examples of grafted chestnut trees, the remains of a plantation dating from the XVIIIth Century, which have now become ecological shelters for nocturnal birds of prey and woodland insects.
This botanical heritage has been enriched with contemporary creations on the Italian style terraces, which were laid out in the XVIIIth Century. On the oldest of these, the present Princes' Garden includes perennial plants, tree peonies, collector's Japanese cherry trees and shrubs of all kinds, all organised around the former watering pond for the kitchen garden and orchard and along a pergola which is covered in roses in spring. On another terrace the maze created from 1000 box trees, which was inaugurated in the year 2000, is a contemporary interpretation of the fanciful copse which disappeared in the XIXth Century.
A visit to Breteuil also means visiting the chateau, to discover its works of art and also its history, which is brought to life through the 50 waxwork figures from the Musée Grévin. You can also make your way from the washhouse to the fruit storeroom, from the hunting room to the stable, where you will meet Cinderella, the Sleeping Beauty or Puss in Boots, all heroes and heroines of the fairy tales of Charles Perrault… With so much on offer, a walk at Breteuil becomes a magical process of discovery.