The park

The park, now approximately 25 acres in size, exhibits most of the Choulot characteristics, with bosquets of centennial trees, an avenue of pleached limes, chestnuts along the drive, and water features, all linked by a series of sinuous walks, focal points and open perspectives.

The original plans, hand coloured by Choulot’s disabled wife, are artworks in themselves, but unfortunately the plan for Fertot disappeared a century or so ago. Restoration has been informed by a traced copy of the plan, found by the Simonin family, who managed the estate farm for several generations.

View of the chateau from the back of the statue by the lake

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View of the chateau from the back of the statue by the lake

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Statue by the lake

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Beyond the series of water features, which used to be extensively engineered, there is a small natural waterfall, where the stream has found its own way through the silted-up system of sluice-gates and hydraulics. Around it are several centennial trees.

Waterfall by the lake

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Trees by the waterfall

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Trees by the waterfall

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Trees by the waterfall

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Panorama of the park behind the lake

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The lake itself has a small island in the middle which can be reached by two bridges. Some sketched by the comte de Choulot were found which suggest that the original design of the bridges was a suspension type. On the central island is a swan house.

View of the swan house from the park in autumn

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View of the park from the swan house

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View of the park from the swan house

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View of the island and swan house

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The lake in the 90s before renovations

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The lime avenue, a hallmark of Choulot's park design, was restored and brought back to its original beauty.

View of the lime avenue from the side of the chateau

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The lime avenue is revealed under the wild vegetation

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The lime avenue starting to reapper from the wilderness

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The lime avenue becoming more and more visible after being cleared up

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The lime avenue after being cleared up from the vegetation in the 90s

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View of the chateu from the lime avenue in the 90s

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The lime avenue in the snow

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The chateau de Fertot has been registered as a monument historique and a plaque can be found on the front gate of the chateau.

Main gate in spring 2018, with the monument historique plaque

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Front gate in the 90s

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Closeup of the monument historique plaque

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A rarer sight is the park covered in snow which provides unique views.

A snowy Fertot

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The park covered in snow

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The Chateau from the main entrance on a snowy day

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The fields opposite the chateau were also designed by Choulot and they are also being brought back to their original state. Here is the source for the chateau's lake.

The field opposite the chateau with cows

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