In Montfort-l’Amaury (Yvelines), the Château de Groussay is a genuine gem in Île-de-France you do not want to miss! Listed as historic monument since 1993, it is famous for its Anglo-Chinese garden where you can find several folies giving an uncommon touch to this landscape provided by this beautiful green setting.
Careful, the place is currently waiting for a reopening date.
Unlike what you could think, the folies featuring in the garden have been actually built between 1950 and 1970 inspired by the Anglo-Chinese gardens that were highly in trend in the 18th century. As a comparison, the Désert de Retz is one of the rare gardens to have been kept as it originally was.
But how is it possible for this Anglo-Chinese garden to be so recent? For the record, the Château de Groussay was first an 1820 country house bought in 1938 by Charles de Beistegui. He turned it into a real castle and even made several folies you can enjoy today built. They are owed to Cuban architect Emilio Terry and indoor designer Alexandre Serebriakoff.
This is how, all along your walk in this magnificent verdant location, you can run into a Chinese pagoda, or charmed by the Palladian style bridge and the romantic atmosphere it creates.
The intriguing Tartare tent fascinates curious people while the vertiginous observatory column looks over the park. Here is a walk at the borders of real!
Château de Groussay
Rue de Versailles
78490 Montfort l'Amaury