THE GARDEN OF THE SAINT-JEAN DE BEAUREGARD CASTLE
A haven of peace and greenery ideally located 30 minutes south of Paris, in the Regional Natural Park of the Haute Vallée de Chevreuse, the Château de Saint-Jean de Beauregard is a popular destination for garden lovers around the world.
The powerful and sober mass of the castle, set in a setting of land and wood, with its seven courtyards, park and French-style garden, forms an almost perfect square, in which the chapel, outbuildings, stables, vegetable garden, dovecote, orangery, drinking trough, ice house and moat are harmoniously integrated… all the elements essential to daily life in the 17th century.
Guided tours allow you to discover this lively and welcoming residence, which is widely open to the surrounding countryside and enjoys an exceptional panorama that has earned it the name “Beauregard”, where furniture, portraits and family souvenirs live together harmoniously.
Classified as a Historic Monument, the Domaine de Saint-Jean de Beauregard remains above all a family home, inhabited all year round, which the current owners are keen to animate and share. Their passion for plants and the garden is expressed in the exemplary restoration of the kitchen garden and in the creation in 1984 of one of the very first Plant Festivals, which over the years has become one of the most important horticultural events in France.
The flowered kitchen garden "à la française"
Entirely enclosed by walls, typical of the vegetable gardens of the 17th century, the flowered garden of Saint-Jean de Beauregard is one of the rare castle vegetable gardens to have survived to the present day. With a surface area of two hectares, it allowed the dozens of people living in the castle to live in self-sufficiency.
A masterly interpretation of the art of the flowering vegetable garden, it now harmoniously combines flowers, fruit and rare or forgotten vegetables in sumptuous compositions that are constantly renewed. Along the alleys radiating from the central pond, one can also discover the grape greenhouses, the wolf jumps, the fruit trees as well as an astonishing grape conservation chamber according to the system in force in Thomery.
Aesthete and magician, its creator tirelessly explores the plant world to compose new variations and enrich again and again the botanical palette of this veritable plant conservatory, a source of inspiration for many gardeners.