Since my dad is here visiting, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful afternoon on Sunday and head over Parc Oriental de Maulévrier. It’s 71 acres and belonged to the adjacent Colbert Castle that you can see from the park’s grounds. Colorful and beautifully maintained, the park is worth the 7 euro entrance fee and deserves a visit if you’re ever in the area.
Parc Oriental de Maulévrier
The French love afternoon strolls and why not faire une promenade at a gorgeous park. Now that the weather is nice, the place is packed and it took us a good 15 minutes to find parking. Once we entered the park, it was easy to see why it was such a draw. Blooming trees and flowers were in every direction and the little pathways and design elements made you want to explore. Dagny was in her glory!
The property has gone through changes over the years and wasn’t always as beautiful as it is today. It was sold and split up into three parts in 1976. Then in 1980 the town council of Maulévrier purchased the park. Their website writes, “An association was created to ensure the management and the maintenance of the park. Using documents, photographs found and other evidence, its restoration began. Originally called Association Castle Park Colbert, the association took the name Oriental Park in 1985. These were the first volunteers of the association who undertook major work within the park.”
Projects are still going on at Parc Oriental de Maulévrier and it even takes the title for the biggest Japanese-inspired park in Europe! The projects are carried out by volunteers, professionals, apprentices and the association. In addition to educational activities and guided tours, you can also pop in to the salon de thé when your feet get tired. Or check out the boutique.