The chateau, located on the banks of the Burgundy Canal, is set in the centre of a magnificent park of 123 acres. Numerous streams and an immense pond offer a delicate charm in this space filled with greenery and relics of past times.
The French-style garden:
In 1684 when the Marquis de Louvois acquired the chateau, he set about to give it the character of a true Grand Siècle residence (referring to the Great Century in France, the 17th century). He ordered for relics of the medieval wall, on the north west side of the chateau, to be demolished, so as to open up the area for huge outbuildings arranged around two courtyards.
To make sure it would be the same size as other grand structures of the same era, Louvois had famous gardener Le Nôtre to surround the chateau with an immense French-style garden opening up to the surrounding landscape. Adding magnificent garden beds, lawns, fountains and statues, Louvois managed to turn Ancy-le-Franc into his own private Versailles.
The English-style garden:
In 1759 the heir of the Marquis de Louvois, the Marquis de Courtanvaux, transformed the gardens into an English-style park. He had an artificial lake dug out at the south side of the building, with a little romantic island where he had a small pavilion built, in an octagonal shape, to provide shelter for his idyllic leisure activities. This pavilion, known as ‘La Folie’, is an elegant testimony to the time period. It was the favourite spot of the owners in the 18th century, and a place where they loved to set off fireworks.
A new garden project, in progress since 2016, is just finished spring 2017 in the West garden of the park of Ancy le Franc. The composition, inspired by old plans from the 18th C. is designed with a central planting bed with an old fountain, completely restored, and surrounding symmetric parterres and alleys bordered with thousands of roses.
The visitors can enjoy in all its splendour this summer.
Another magnificent project started April 2017 in the East garden and the work shall end already this summer. 4 paintings of flowers on the wainscotings in the Room of Flowers (17th C. decors, 1st floor of Ancy le Franc) shall be recreated and transposed in monumental style outside.
4 plant panels: two roses, a tulip and an anemone shall stand out against a surface of white stones framed by a row of spindles (euonymus japonicus). Carnations and petunias will form the petals of the giant flowers, green plants will form stems and leaves.
The flower beds will be separated and bordered by gravel alleys and at the end of the perspective a large fountain at ground level a high water jet will accentuate the entire composition.
Related to the innovative and spectacular project in the East garden, French television TF1 is covering the work in progress [broadcast planned autumn 2017]