Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Vezac

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Considered a Notable Garden of France by the French Ministry of Culture, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac has 150,000 boxwood trees carved in groups of rounded shapes, such as flocks of sheep. Stroll through the romantic 19th-century garden along 5 km (3 mi) of walks, and view rustic structures, water descending from the belvedere and ending in a cascade, and much more. The garden is part of the 17th-century Château de Marqueyssac, built on cliffs overlooking the Dordogne Valley and continually updated until the second half of the 20th century when it was rarely occupied. Beginning in 1996, owner Kleber Rossillon restored the gardens and opened them to the public. Plan to visit Les Jardins de Marqueyssac and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Vezac attractions using our Vezac trip planner .
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  • 2 hours of great happiness, wonderful view of the Dordogne and its gabarres, to end of day when hot air balloons cross above Marqueysac, seen on single Gageac beautifully ordered, his whereabouts of boxwood are a permanent wonder, maintained rigorously, in fact, our goal of a ballad in the Perigord was to see Marqueysac, but there is so much to see around Sarlat and all, in a small area, but it takes at least 3 days to take advantage of everything besides the gastronomy (but not oenology unworthy of such a region) alas, as to Vaux the Viscount, what will become of all these beautiful boxwood with the pirale we already see a lot of "wild" nearby boxwood? Fingers crossed!
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  • Go in the summer when night festivals are held (Wednesdays, I believe) with fairies dressed up on stilts and classical musicians and jazz trios playing atop a cliff estate (some rich guy donated it to...  more »
  • Beautiful place, beautiful trimmed boxwood massive, magnificent views of the Valley. Must see if you're in the area!
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  • Enjoyed the gardens and the atmosphere. When the rain stopped took many beautiful photos. One request though, when it is raining heavily please do not keep groups of 50 people standing getting thoroughly soaked in the rain while you are speaking for 10-15 minutes. It is respectful to allow your audience to have cover over them till the rain clears.
  • Beautiful place to explore. Bigger than you expect as to walk around the whole thing takes about 2-3 hours. Great value for money with breathtaking views.
  • We visited the gardens on a Thursday evening when they open again at 7pm until midnight for a candlelit 'experience'. The evening was utterly fantastic.....the lights, music, atmosphere, views and gardens are absolutely stunning. Yes it was busy ( we queued to get in), yes it can get a bit noisy with the live bands ( who are themselves fantastic), yes it is a little bit more expensive..... but it was a brilliant evening that is an absolute must if you are in the area.
  • Beautiful gardens and an amazing outlook from the viewpoint at the Belvedere - though some of the inclines are quite steep especially for older people and wheelchairs could be quite a problem in places die to the steep slopes. Well worth the effort of the walk though. About the only criticism were the toilets - though clean and modern at the house they are not really big enough and the ones near the refreshments kiosk about halfway round the walk smelled rather badly. But don't be put off - we did after all go on a very busy day!
  • Beautiful place! Full of history and nice walks. My recommendation is to wear comfortable clothes since there are some parts where you can walk through a giant spider web.

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