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CHAMP DE BATAILLE

FRANCE

It all started with the name “Champ de Bataille”. In 935, the legend says that a large battle took place here between two families: the family who used to reign over the Cotentin region and was ruled by the Count of the Cotentin, against the family of Guillaume Longue Épée ruled by Bernard le Danois, ancestor of the Harcourt family. Guillaume Longue Épée won the battle. Therefore, the unity of Normandy was strengthened. 

In 1651, a significant event happened: Alexandre de Créqui, the rebel, was sent into exile by Mazarin who was ruling France during the minority of Louis XIV and decided to build a magnificent palace reminding him of the splendour of the Court. Unfortunately, due to a lack of responsibility at the court, Créqui died ruined. It is his nephew, Le Marquis de Mailloc, who inherited the palace, but he decided not to settle there. After his death, his wife La Marquise de Mailloc, ceased the castle to his nephew Anne-François d’Harcourt, Duc de Beuvron, in charge to the government of Normandy. The latter made Champ de Bataille his principal residence, determined to show his power. Then Beuvron undertook enormous works to restore the splendour of yesteryear, but the Revolution interrupted this gigantic task and left it unfinished. Like many noble houses at that time, the castle was looted and abandoned for many years. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the castle was simply kept in a “out of water » state. A lot remained to be done to restore its former magnificence. Jacques Garcia, the current owner, took over this difficult work in 1992. Today a unique experience can be revived in this palace thanks to the furniture, the atmosphere, the architecture and the gardens.

The question of the French garden conception arose when the storm of 1993 occurred, when most of the century-old trees planted in the nineteenth century were killed by lightning. Jacques Garcia made the decision to recreate sumptuous gardens that time had erased. It took him ten years to see the final outcome. Thousands of cubic meters of soil were brought here to level up. A drawing to the attention of Le Nôtre was saved. It shows the first part of the gardens: The Great Axis with the boxwood lace, the Grove, the circular pond, the 2 kiosks, then the rectangular pond, the Carrés de Diane & d’Apollo and finally some other details. The will of Jacques Garcia has always been to inscribe Battlefield in a moment of eternity. The plants give the palace a full dimension. These large gardens, inspired by Greco-Roman antiquity, show an obvious spirituality.

Champ de Bataille
8 route du Château
27110 Sainte Opportune du Bosc

Normandie, France

 

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