CHATEAU ET JARDIN DE BOURNAZEL

Private Renaissance château listed as a Historic Monument. One of southern France's most significant buildings with its innovative architecture and remarkable carved decor. Its gardens are classified a 'Remarkable Garden'.

This beautiful Renaissance château, located between Rodez and Villefranche de Rouergue, was built between 1540 and 1560 and has been the subject of a major restoration campaign. In particular this has involved the restitution of the grand staircase, the core of which is composed of superimposed cabinets, with sculpted decoration identical to the original. On the main facade, windows, pilasters, columns, pediments and friezes are rigorously balanced, while on the other wing, references to antiquity are even more evident in the large arcades andtwin columns. Inside, visiters will be guided through an important collection of paintings, furniture and sculptures from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The garden is the result of extensive academic research and a campaign of archaeological excavations. The restoration offers a coherent reconstruction of a landscape realized between 1542 and 1561. Enclosed garden consits of nine parterres themed on the education of a wealthy prince and the enigma of life. The garden includes fountains, vases, polyandrion, a ‘garden of rooms' with partitions of hornbeam hedges, orchard, 'Hortus Conclusus', labyrinth, arbours, terraces and a formal basin. The combined symbolic, literary and intellectual organisation recalls the ambitions of the Renaissance. It has recently been classified as a 'Jardin remarquable'.

The interior of the château is by guided tour only.

Approximate duration: 1h.

Average time spent on site: 1h45

Private guided visits are available year-round for groups of 20 or more.

In accordance with sanitary protocols put in place by the French government on the 9th August, a 'Sanitary Pass' is required for all visitors over the age of 18.


Reception

Languages :

  • Visit in 1 language(s) :
    • Français
  • Video point in 1 language(s) :
    • Français
  • Brochure/Map in 1 language(s) :
    • Français
  • Information pannels in 1 language(s) :
    • Français

Labels

  • Michelin : 1 star
  • Sites : Jardin remarquable

GPS coordinates :

Latitude 44.45942208820646 - Longitude 2.298388469902193

Rates and methods of payment

Rates 2022

  • Individuel (château et jardin) at 10€
  • Moins de 16 ans (château et jardin) at 6€
  • Enfants moins de 6 ans (château et jardin)
  • Jardin seul (extérieurs et jardin) at 5€
  • A partir de 12 personnes (château et jardin) at 8€
  • Scolaires (château et jardin) at 6€

Payment methods

  • Carte bancaire
  • Cheque
  • Cash

Capacity

Overall capacity :

  • Person(s) : 50

Services

Equipements :

  • Car park
  • Coach parking

Services :

  • Free guided tour for groups (Paying)
  • Guided tours

Activités :

  • Temporary exhibitions

Availabilities

  • Open from 01/04/2022 to 30/06/2022
  • Open from 01/07/2022 to 13/07/2022
  • Open from 14/07/2022 to 31/08/2022
  • Open from 01/09/2022 to 18/09/2022
  • Open from 19/09/2022 to 30/09/2022
  • Open from 01/10/2022 to 31/10/2022
  • Open on 01/11/2022
  • Open from 11/11/2022 to 13/11/2022

Contact

Name/address of establishment : CHATEAU DE BOURNAZEL

12390 Bournazel

: DRAC Midi-Pyrénées