Advantages A calm day out with loads to take in.
The chateau of Treverez has become part of my life, in that it is situated not far from where I live, and I visit regularly. First let's tell you something about it's checkered history, though to me, the importance of Treverez lies in today and the way in which it enriches the visitor at various times of the year.The idea of the chateau was conceived in 1894, and the ideals and visions of the owner was to integrate many of the architectural features that were commonplace at the turn of the century, and he achieved that, although it is difficult to say which countries his ideas were taken from. Looking at the chateau and comparing with other buildings of a similar time frame, it is actually unusual for brick to have been used and although many of the styles used are typically french, the use of brick in this area of France is not.
There always seems to be something to see at Trevarez and even right up to Christmas, the park has activities that encourage the visitor through the gates. Their huge success is well known in this part of France when they show nativity scenes from all over the world, which take you into a journey of adventure and understanding about how Christmas is celebrated all over the world.On entering Trevarez, you may be fooled into thinking that the first building you see is the chateau. I was, although this added to the pleasure, because the real treat waited for me, and half way around the gardens, I was suddenly greeted by this immense and impressive building that actually took my breath away. The first building on the estate is actually where exhibitions take place, and it also has a cafe with food at reasonable prices of the snack variety, as well as refreshing drinks of a non alcoholic nature.
There is a shop where species that have been developed at Trevarez are sold at reasonable prices, and here I was astounded to see a Rhododendron that was bright orange, and missed the opportunity by minutes as someone else bought it.From the cafe area, paths lead either directly to the chateau itself, or downwards into the gardens. I always take the lower path which leads through woodlands, past the hude Gunara plants that always surprise me, and around the water feature area which climbs steeply over a rocky path towards the formal gardens of the chateau.
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