Jardin Le Bois de Moutiers
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Tickets from 10am to 12am and from 2pm to 6pm
Le Bois des Moutiers: A corner of England in France
The Bois des Moutiers is located in Varengeville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. This estate of 30 acres (0.12 km2) is well known for its rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias, which were introduced and naturalized among local flora. The house and gardens, both dating from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, are a first-class example, unique in France, of the work of the famous English partnership of architect Edwin Lutyens and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll.
A large park overlooking the sea and formal gardens surrounding a manor house, where the original owner’s descendants still live, make up the Bois des Moutiers. The estate is listed as a historical monument and a Remarkable Garden of France.
“Sometimes English people come to visit the gardens, and they are so moved by the beauty that they are in tears. I have seen people literally crying,” says Antoine Bouchayer-Mallet, who lives at Le Bois des Moutiers.