Surrounding the castle, and mediaeval garden, the park was created to retrace the history of gardens and as a visual delight for plant lovers. Annabelle La Panouse imagined alleys of roses descending to the castle and leading us, in her words, “to Paradise”. Straight away we see cabinets de verdure in the red and white colors of the arms of the La Panouse family. Annabelle envisaged these successive gardens as a living history to be admired through the Tuscan lunettes piercing the hedges of the terraces, and inspired by the Renaissance. Further on is a 60 m long wisteria arbor with a dozen species of wisteria. The creation of a rose garden, with the help of Alain Richert, completes the scene, like the rose in the poem by François Ronsard "Sweet, let’s see if the rose ...". Since 2015 the hedge maze, designed by the famous maze designer Adrian Fischer, completes the scenography of the garden.
WE'RE HAVING FUN AT THE CHATEAU COLOMBIER
are available to visitors, for the pleasure of young and old. We often forget that games held a significant place in daily life during the Middle Ages, and not just as a source of entertainment. They also helped with intellectual and physical development and agility, and were sometimes a means of education. Games were played by all levels of mediaeval society, whereas reading was a pastime for the educated elite. Mediaeval people loved to play.
THE GAMES AREAS
THE FORTRESS AREA
The game area is available from age ten. The fortress is reserved for the most reckless : climbing wall, big slide ...
A shade of the copse, their journey falls into three parts corresponding to the bee's lives.
the giant chess game
The giant chess game represents the mediaeval game lifestyle. Originating of India, the game was engaged by mediaeval aristocraty.
THE GIANT GAME OF THE GOOSE
The ancient game that originated in Italy is kind of ancestor of today's board games.
huts of the three little pigs
Audiences of big and small have heard about the story of the "Three little Pigs". The traditionnal storytelling is a reality now at the chateau Colombier.
In the giant sand area, chidren will be able to play with the sand thanks to accessories.
a swing, a turnstile, rocking horses ...
Jumping, turning quickly and swinging, it's fun too !
Built in the early 1990's, the vegetal maze is en integral part of the park develpment plant. Realised with a lot of yews, it's situated between terraces and the mediaeval castle. Visitors will be able to walk in the maze and to get lost.