A remarkable garden
Located on an ancient Gallo-Roman site above the untamed banks of the Dordogne River, a rare collection of aquatic plants in this picture-perfect Zen garden provides an idyllic setting allowing your mind wander. The site was classified as a Remarkable Garden in 2012.
More than 300 plants from all over the world harmoniously embellish the various gardens, ponds, pergolas, streams, waterfalls, and labyrinths that create the richness of these gardens. 30 varieties of Lotus, 150 different kinds of Water Lilies, some of which are very rare in our part of the world, as well as dozens of riverbank plants can be admired. Discover a giant tropical water lily from South America, the Cruziana, in the experimental greenhouse!
A family passion
Steven welcomes you
Steven has been taking care of the garden for 20 years and explains that his passion for Japanese Zen garden paintings was the starting point for this family business. It took imagination, perseverance and the judicious choice of the Périgord Noir with its strong tourist potential and favourable climate, to create this enchanting and peaceful place.
Today we are sharing a tour with Paul and Camille into this amazing biodiversity, where Japanese bridges unroll under our feet, including the "zig-zag" bridge, a footbridge flush with the water, built according to the Chinese Zen philosophy of Feng Shui. Its aim? To focus the visitor's attention on the conscience of the place: "To be here, now".
A magical landscape
After passing through a small bamboo plantation, an ideal place to stop and cool off on sunny days, the couple stroll alongside the Lotus pond and the 1,200 m² large wild pond filled with rustic water lilies. Under the giant water lilies, we catch a glimpse of grass carp and small guppies, which naturally help to filter the pond.
A floral paradise
Lovers of biodiversity will be delighted with the astonishing aquatic and terrestrial fauna proliferating in these gardens: salamanders, damselflies, dragonflies, kingfishers, and also tree frogs and lizards.
The 2 visitors, like big kids, have fun feeding magnificent Koi and European carp of all colours. No doubt that children will have a great time here...
As in a Claude Monet painting
Our couple of lovebirds continue their romantic walk over a Japanese bridge, taking its inspiration from Monet's famous series - "Water Lilies". This is followed by a roam through a veritable labyrinth set in more than 2,800 square meters of water. Impossible to get lost, but the mind wanders... pretty shaded benches, like small oases, invite you to sit and contemplate the richness of the site.
The visit ends with a small iced tea on the shaded terrace next to a new limpid basin littered with water lilies. We are very comfortable here... like a fish in water!
The Robert Doisneau train station, a superb reception area
After the refreshing ballade, the two lovers decided to finish the morning at the Robert Doisneau train station in Carlux. Taking its name from a photographer who, among other things, immortalized the beginning of paid vacations in France in 1937, the building now houses the office de tourisme du Pays de Fénelon.
A unique place...
An opportunity to discover the permanent exhibition of photographic works and to try out film processing in the interactive lab, a very enjoyable digital experience.
All these thrills have stirred our appetites ... so we head to the Café de la Gare for a well-deserved lunch!