The grounds are traversed by a gently flowing river, a favourite haunt for wild ducks and swans; there are also numerous ponds, grottos, water jets, a rose garden, hundred year old trees, benches and an aviary. These quiet, romantic grounds are the perfect place for a stroll.
Free entrance. Gardens close at 6.30pm in winter and 9am in summer.
Val Seille château is a neo-Renaissance style castle, built in 1868 by the architect, Louis Astric. Today, together with its gardens, it is regarded as one of Vaucluse’s finest town halls.
Its magnificent grounds were restored in 2001. They have received many prizes, most notably a departmental prize for the successful showcasing of cultural heritage, as part of the Towns and Villages in Bloom competition.
The Château rooms are equally impressive: a magnificent listed staircase, a palais des arts, a glasshouse and winter garden - a genuine mini Versailles in Provence!
Garden lovers shouldn’t miss the Winter Garden, a wonderful place combining light and nature, erected between the Château and the Palais des Arts. The fashion for glasshouses, designed to protect cold-sensitive plants, first appeared in France in the 17th century. In the 19th century, industrial advances lead to the construction of vast greenhouses in parks and public gardens.
The Château Val Seille’s glasshouse was a privately commissioned work and is unusual on account of its great size and dimensions. This 200m conservatory, designed by the architect Gustave Mouries, is constructed with a central, vaulted nave and side aisles with sloping roofs. Inside, stone flowerbeds house the adult plants while young shrubs are grown in the side bays.
During the summer this idyllic setting is the venue for numerous cultural events (shows, plays, dance and folk performances, concerts etc. from both France and abroad). The appeal of such a beautiful backdrop is only too obvious!