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Chateau de Groussay: Part Deux

by habituallychic

01 . 19 . 11
The gardens at Chateau de Groussay are just as amazing as the main house.  Charles de Beistegui was inspired by 18th-century Anglo-Chinese parks and gardens and created many “follies” to surprise and delight his guests. 
The most famous is the Tente Tartare that was built in 1960.  It was inspired by the tent that King Gustav III of Sweden raised in Drottningholm. 

The exterior is painted wood and not really a tent.


The interior is completely clad in Delft tiles that must be amazing to behold in person.

The Chinese Pagoda was found in Rome by Emilio Terry in  1968.  The pond and island were created specially for the Pagoda.

Pagoda interior.

All of the follies are just as beautiful inside as out.

The Palladian Bridge was designed by Emilio Terry in 1960.  It recalls the bridge at Wilton Park in England and the Guglie Bridge in Venice where Charles de Beistegui owned his famous Palazzo Labia. 
The Column Observatory was inspired by the Vendome column in Paris and was built in 1962.  You can view the entire countryside from the top.

The Temple of the Labyrinth sits at the center of a small maze and was built in 1967.

Garden photos from Alan Rosenberg

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  1. Luciane at HomeBunch.com January 19, 2011 | 3:42 pm


    This is being so interesting! It’s wonderful to sit here and just enjoy your posts.

    I’d love to see it in person! How fulfilling would it be for your eyes?

    Have a beautiful day!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  2. Mosaicista Appassionata January 19, 2011 | 4:03 pm

    Absolutely alluring!
    I love the tiles and to be honest I have never seen that kind of arrangement before where the entire room is covered with them.


  3. La Maison Fou January 19, 2011 | 4:35 pm

    Oooh La La!!!

  4. ruffledrose.com January 19, 2011 | 4:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, the blue tiles are beautiful, but almost overwhelming. I love all the luxe garden scenes.
    – xo, Vanessa Elizabeth

  5. Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} January 19, 2011 | 7:06 pm

    That blue and white tile room would be a site indeed!! Gorgeous!!

  6. Piorra Maison January 19, 2011 | 7:49 pm

    Tente Tartare great trompe l’oeil, had me fooled before I read your caption. The gardens are beautiful.

  7. carrie January 19, 2011 | 11:56 pm

    A deux part visual feast!

  8. quintessence January 20, 2011 | 12:26 am

    Love both these fabulous posts!!

  9. splendidmarket.com January 20, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    That “tent” is simply amazing!! And those tile walls!! Just fabulous to see — thank you!

  10. blog January 20, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    I am such a sucker for follies. Gorgeous!

    -Amie Gillingham

  11. Bobo January 8, 2013 | 6:10 pm

    Heather, I am such a nerd that I saw the image of the outside on Pinterest, I said “nope, no way that is at Drottingholm” and low and behold, when I clicked through it was from you, and I was pretty darn close!

    xo starrett