Story 20: Stroll in a dream garden
Calouste Gulbenkian ParkSandrine Boyer-Engel

Normandy, land of gardens.
French or English, botanical or exotic,
classic or contemporary style,
the Norman gardens captivate with their beauty.
We walk among the shady paths or along a stream,
relax seated on a bench listening to the birdsong,
smell the fragrant plants.

Calouste Park
Gulbenkian
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Le Enclosure area, located on the heights of Bénerville-sur-Mer, was acquired in 1937 by Calouste Gulbenkian, businessman and esthete. By buying this estate, he fulfills his dream of a "garden in his own way". It is then a house surrounded by a vast park, fallen into oblivion. He demolished the hotel and entrusted the realization of the garden to the landscape architect Achille Duchêne. The latter mixed both the classic style of French gardens with geometrically arranged flowerbeds, the more natural arrangement of English gardens or the Italian style with its pointed yews and balustrades. For Calouste Gulbenkian, very busy with his business, the park was a place of healing. When he stayed in Deauville, he boarded at the Royal Hotel and went to Les Enclos every day. On the spot, he walks or settles a canvas armchair and contemplates the old trees, inhales the scent of the shrubs and flower beds, listening to the songs of the birds. When he died in 1955, the park was managed by the Gulbenkian Foundation, which in 1973 donated it to the City of Deauville.

Calouste Gulbenkian ParkCaroline Rose / Sandrine Boyer-Engel
Calouste Gulbenkian Park © Caroline Rose / Sandrine Boyer-Engel

The upper part : the upper plateau combines a plantation of conifers and a vast meadow which crowns the park.

The central part : has a magnificent driveway starting from the main entrance with boxwood hedges. It opens onto a vast, gently sloping, undulating clearing. At the entrance to the park, an alley, the large scenario, a platform leading to a staircase, leads to a horseshoe glade on the site of the old mansion. A little further on, the small scenario, a median bounded by a wall decorated with balustrades, was built with the stones and the railing during the demolition of the old mansion. Below, several terraces are located: a rose garden (with geometric flowerbeds and a basin), an orchard (apple and pear trees bordered by clipped boxwood) dominated by a small garden building where a permanent exhibition tells, since 2010, the history of the park and its facilities.

Calouste Gulbenkian ParkSandrine Boyer-Engel
Calouste Gulbenkian Park © Sandrine Boyer-Engel
The Parc des Graves
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In Villerville, the Graves Park descends from the top of the Roches Noires cliffs to the beach and opens a large and magnificent window on the sea. At the bend of nearly three kilometers of trails, one of which leads directly to the sand, there is an exotic vegetation, witness from a time when beautiful villas occupied this space. Rare species mingle with local plants (maritime crambe, Montpellier polypogon, fetid hellebore) and wild plant species.

The Parc des Graves, on the heights of VillervilleCity of Villerville
The Parc des Graves, on the heights of Villerville © Ville de Villerville
Address Book

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Calouste Gulbenkian Park
Chemin des Enclos, 14910 BENERVILLE-SUR-MER
Tel. : + 33 (0) 2 31 14 02 02
The Calouste Gulbenkian Park is open from April to October. Entrance fee (+ 18 years old) except May 1st. Ticket office on site or in Tourist Information Offices of Blonville-sur-Mer, Deauville et Villers-sur-Mer.
Access: at the level of the Bénerville-sur-Mer church, follow "Chemin des Enclos".
❤ To do: recognize the rare species among the 58 plants scattered throughout the park.

 

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Graves Park
Route du Littoral, 14113 VILLERVILLE
The Parc des Graves is freely accessible all year round.
From the park, a path connects the Domaine du Grand Bec along the cliff.
❤ To do: a 6,8 km hike, from the typical village of Villerville via the Parc des Graves to the views of the coast from the heights. See theitinerary by clicking here.

 

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A little further

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Vendeuvre Castle Gardens
The Castle, 14170 VENDEUVRE
Tel. : + 33 (0) 2 31 40 93 83
The Château and its gardens are open from April to early November.
❤ To do: take a walk in the Surprise Water Gardens with your eye on the lookout for the slightest enchanting jet of water.


 
Chateau and gardens of Boutemont
7 Chemin de Boutemont, 14100 OUILLY-LE-VICOMTE
Phone: + 33 (0) 2 31 61 12 16

The Château and its gardens are open from May to September.
❤ What to do: take a bucolic stroll through the park, butterfly gardens, greenhouses and orangery.

 

Gardens of Etretat
Avenue Damilaville, 76790 ETRETAT
Tel. : + 33 (0) 2 35 27 05 76
Les Jardins d'Etretat are open all year round. The hours vary according to the seasons.
❤ To do: have fun identifying the emotions reflected in the face-shaped sculptures in the Emotions Garden.



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Claude Monet Foundation
84 rue Claude Monet, 27620 GIVERNY
Tel. : + 33 (0) 2 32 51 28 21
The Claude Monet Foundation is open every day from April 1 to November 1.
❤ To do: discover the house in which Claude Monet lived for forty years and the identical reconstruction of his living room-workshop.


 

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