Jardins & Chateau du Touvet, Le Touvet

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Garden Castle
The Château du Touvet is a French castle built in the 13th century, with a garden à la française and a water garden built in the 18th century, located between Grenoble and Chambéry in the Isére Department of the Rhône-Alpes Region of France. The gardens are classified among the notable gardens of France by the French Ministry of Culture. The chateau and gardens are privately owned, but open to the public.DescriptionThe 13th-century castle has five towers, a moat and a drawbridge. Within the castle is the residence rebuilt in the 18th century, with the original furnishings and paneling.The 7-hectare garden features a stairway of water, using a hydraulic system built in the 18th century. The garden is made up of a series of terraces, with six parterres of broderies made of boxwood. It also has a small enclosed garden, called the jardin de la comtesse; a kitchen garden, and an alley of linden trees.HistoryThe castle has been in the same family for five hundred years. It was originally built in the 13th century to guard the borders of France against the Dukes of Savoy. In the 18th century, Pierre de Marcieu, the Lieutenant-General and commander in chief of Dauphiné, rebuilt the chateau and built the gardens around it. The water garden was created between 1758-1765.Owners of the castle included Guigues Guiffrey, a member of the court of King Francis I, and French Ambassador to the court of Henry VIII; and Nicolas Charles Oudinot, a Marshal of France serving under Napoleon Bonaparte. The castle is currently owned by Bruno and Isabelle de Quinsonas, descendants of the original owners.
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  • Garden is small and has seen better days. There is only acces to the ground floor of the castle since the rest is the private living quarters of the owners. Tour of the castle is only in french, but t...  more »
  • The gardens were a delight to wander around, with an English version of the history we could read about the place and it's past. Photo opportunities are abundant, it was really quiet and peaceful. Did...  more »
  • I strongly advise you to visit this castle which offers a great view on the chain of Belledonne. Take the time to stroll in the gardens and admire the staircase of water. We also did the tour of the Castle. Even if only a few parts of the ground floor are open to visitors, it was very interesting. Icing on the cake: we were able to exchange a few words with the friendly owner. I will come back and will discover the place to other people in my family for sure!
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  • We visited the castle with a conference group and had a wonderful dinner. The grounds and rooms were lovely.
  • Beautiful castle and garden.
  • Very nice place to visit, people who do visit the Castle tells you all about the history and the Park is beautiful.
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  • The lock is very beautiful, incredible gardens.
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  • Beautiful and very well maintained!
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