Jean and Bénédicte de Foucaud will welcome us to their superb Château de Sourches for a day “Between History and passion, a journey between stones and flowers”. After visiting the château, we will have lunch in the dining room, then we will discover the conservatory with thousands of peonies. Built by the architect Gabriel de Lestrade for Louis II du Bouchet, Marquis de Sourches, fourth Grand Prévôt de France, the Château de Sourches is a masterpiece of neo-classical architecture and a highlight of French history. The park was designed by Jules-Hardouin Mansart. During the Second World War, the château was requisitioned by the French state in 1939, to house 400 of the Louvre’s voluminous paintings, the Bayeux tapestry, the flares of the Galerie des Glaces in Versailles and part of the David-Weill collection.
Bénédicte de Foucaud takes care with passion of the conservatory of the peony planted in the vast medieval moats surrounding the château. This conservatory has about 1900 peony plants, with numerous varieties from all over the world. Among them 1798 varieties have been identified. Unique in the world, their goal is the conservation as well as the search for ancient or modern varieties.
Cost : 120€ Visit in French
Transportation is at the participant’s expense, so please reserve your train tickets. Meeting point at the end of the platform
Departure: Paris Gare Montparnasse 9:54 am – arrival Gare Le Mans 10:47 am
Return train: Gare Le Mans 6:23 pm – arrival Paris Gare Montparnasse 7:20 pm
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