Dordogne Gardens | Panoramic Gardens of Limeuil in the Dordogne
Panoramic Gardens of Limeuil in the Dordogne
The Panoramic Gardens of Limeuil surround a medieval chateau which was renovated in the 19th century. During this time the the chateau and the gardens were by the then owner. Sadly like many grand properties both the chateau and garden were abandoned until 2004 when the town of Limeuil and the association, ‘Au Fil du Temps’ took charge of the park.
The entrance to the gardens is by the chateau where the garden opens out into a small arboretum which features a giant sequoia tree.
The garden then meanders towards a stunning viewpoint overlooking the confluence of the rivers Dordogne and Vezere, a spectacular view.
The Jardin d’eau or water garden is a feature of these gardens. It is set over 2 levels with a pond on one level with planting surround by plants this garden offers wonderful vuiews of the river below.
As well as being an attractive park with stunning views the Jardins Panoramiques de Limeuil have an educational role too and as well as lots of signs explaining the plants there are often workshops for children with activities such as willow weaving and dyeing using plant pigments.
Limeuil holds a stunning location where the Rivers Dordogne and Vézère meet. The two rivers are graced by stoned arched bridges which make an excellent photo opportunity.
Like many towns and villages of the area this once fortified town was pillaged by the Vikings and suffered greatly during the Hundred Years’ War, you can still see three of the old fortified gates that stand testament to the town’s history.
Due to its location at the meeting of the two important rivers the town was an important river port and trading centre during the 19th century, which brought prosperity and wealth to the town.
Limeuil is a pretty place to stop for a picnic by the river and fro a wander through the village.