Discovery of the gardens
With great thanks to Louis de Forbin who was captain of the Navy and Lieutenant General of the Armies of King Louis XIV, the estate has been enhanced with beautiful gardens (around the 15thcentury).
He has built the great ramparts, the granaries and the vaulted subterranean parts that lead to the splendid French garden, a garden had he assigned to be designed by André Le Nôtre who has also been the famous gardener of Louis XIV.
In this garden seven beds of boxwood embellished with flowery embroideries are distributed around a circular basin where Princess Pauline Borghese, the young sister of Napoleon I, used to bathe. In the centre of one of the flowerbeds stands a giant sequoia, brought back from America after the war of Independence.
Under the ramp leading up to the castle, orange groves and greenhouses are followed by arcades, which allow a glimpse at the rock blocks on which the whole building is built.
In the extension of the architectural boxwood two lateral staircases, framing another basin, introduce a terrace adorned in its centre with a graceful goddess.
The garden ends with a monumental fountain, surmounted by a pedicle, flanked by three very beautiful pots.