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Come and discover the best series of “garden fashions”. A park in four seasons, on 115 hectares: around the castle, the French garden of Le Nôtre with its Grand Canal, grandiose perspectives…, the Petit Parc from the early 18th century, the Anglo-Chinese garden, around the Hameau, at the end of the 18th century, and the English garden from the 19th century with its romantic follies, statues and fake ruins.
This visit offers you a unique testimony of the relationship between man and nature for more than three centuries.
The Great Garden of Le Nôtre
The large French-style parterre of the Château de Chantilly was designed at the end of the 17th century by André Le Nôtre, gardener of Versailles, for Louis II de Bourbon, Prince de Condé.
It offers the most admirable views of the visit with its vast water mirrors reflecting the sky, its numerous water jets and fountains as well as an exceptional set of statues.
The French garden is characterized by a geometrical layout, often symmetrical, consisting of parterres, groves and basins, dotted with statues and animated by fairy-tale water features. It symbolizes the triumph of culture over wild nature, of order over disorder.
The English Garden
On the contrary, the English garden offers the first role to nature. Here, it was designed during the Restoration, in 1819, by the architect Victor Dubois for Prince Louis-Joseph de Bourbon-Condé. This English garden draws its inspiration from the romanticism dear to Jean-Jacques Rousseau for whom the art of gardens should allow meditation and fulfillment in nature. Factories such as the Temple of Venus, the Island of Love, the Grotto and Swan Lake are there to take visitors back to the times of the ancient philosophers.
The Small Park
In the small park, designed at the beginning of the 18th century as a place to relax, you will find Sylvie’s house (18th century) and its pond, as well as a giant goose game.
The Anglo-Chinese garden
Surrounding the Hamlet, the Anglo-Chinese garden (late 18th century) seems to come straight out of a child’s dream. It consists of small canals, a small labyrinth and the 5 houses of the Hamlet which inspired Marie-Antoinette’s garden at the Petit Trianon in Versailles.
Parc du Château de Chantilly
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