Château du Champ de Bataille
27110 Le Neubourg
From Paris : 115km on the A13, exit no 18 Louviers
From Deauville: 85km on the A13, exit no 25 Bourg Achard
From Evreux: 20km on the N13
Nearest train station: Evreux (20km)
Property Owner : Jacques Garcia
Tel. : 02 32 34 84 34
Fax : 02 32 35 18 38
The gardens are open from Easter (22nd March) to All Saints Day (1st November)
The château is open from Easter (22nd March) to All Saints Day (1st November)
The Château and gardens are open for group visits
Classified Historical Monument, Remarkable Garden Label
Jean de La Varende once wrote about Champ de Bataille « This is the realm of opulence. The decor is secondary to the declaration of power. » It’s this grandeur that inspired me to buy the property in 1992. The ravages of time had only very slightly affected this architectural oeuvre which has always been considered as a masterpiece of the baroque style, and which has been attributed to Le Vau, without formal proof, certainly, but with powerful evidence.
Concerning the interior, apart from the magnificent staircase, only two rooms had been saved from ruin, the upper entrance hall and the « salon de compagnie »(reception room). Despite the degradation caused by time, their extraordinary volume and the vestiges of their richness provided me with the inspiration I needed to reinvent the palatial decoration of the Grand Apartments. I was thus able to correctly display the furniture and the objects that had been acquired over a long period of time. Most of them are pieces from Royal collections that had been dispersed during the Revolution.
The same principle of grandeur guided me when I recreated from scratch the gardens which had once evidently been sumptuous, but completely lost over time, even down to the last traces.
One solitary document had escaped oblivion, a sketch by the hand of a great landscape artist, possibly Le Nôtre himself. This document designated the layout of some of the elements from the period which we have scrupulously reconstituted. These elements, along with my ardent desire to rediscover the antique source, gave the measurements and the inspiration for the new gardens, produced by Patrick Pottier.
We set out with the aim to create a contemporary work of art in spirit but one which would remain timeless in its main lines. « The inspiration of the moment expressed by classic forms », such is the directing principle of this modern park, harmoniously blossoming in a classic, one might even say Roman setting.
Thus it is that the interior and exterior decors of Champ de Bataille took body and form, where the visitor can rediscover that lost feeling of atmosphere. Make it big and aim for the top: my perpetual ambition has found its absolute definition at Champ de Bataille, and I would gladly claim Daniel Boulanger’s saying for my own: « To embellish is to escape from the mediocre, to lift oneself up and out of the body. I believe in the sonnet, in the cantata, in the sixtine ».