The Garden Landscape Guide

Le Bois des Moutiers

An Arts and Crafts house and garden by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Partly because of the dry site and partly because of the grey pebble-dash, it lacks the lushness of its English contemporaries. Yet it is a well maintained and charming place.

76119 Varengeville-sur-Mer, France

Mid March to Mid November, Daily, Open 10am to noon and 2pm to 6pm

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  • over 2 years by Sandy Jones, past president 5 / 5

    Bois des Moutiers was one of the best gardens I visited last summer in France with the American Hydrangea Society's tour of French gardens. The house was designed by Edwin Lutyens and the gardens by the great Gertrude Jekyl. It was conceived as separate 'rooms', each 'room' with a different theme, either color, type of plant, setting or view. This ancestral home and surrounding gardens were saved with the help of Robert Mallet, Director of The Shamrock Collection, France's national Hydrangea Collection. It is the largest in the world. Bois was planned and executed by Mr. Mallet's grandfather, Guillaume Mallet, in 1898 in the English Arts and Crafts style. His hope was to recreate a lush English garden, sourced from American nurseries exclusively. The house was magnificent to experience, on a tour conducted by a 21 year old family member, who had a 10 year old with her, learning how to conduct a tour. Family members take turns conducting the tours. The sweeping vistas and intimate areas of this garden are not to be missed.
  • over 3 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    AMAZING! The gardens are magnificent. Tour guide was excellent and he spoke brilliant English. Whole family loved it, the building is so interesting and was built in the Arts and Crafts movement. :)
  • almost 7 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    One of the best gardens to visit beautiful setting, Anton is thinking of selling because of the credit crunch (2009) so this garden really needs saving.

    Beautiful church and scenery at the end of the road also well worth a visit.

    Can't recommend it highly enough.
  • almost 8 years by Wim 5 / 5

    This is one of the best gardens you can visit in France as well as England. Even in rainy weather it's just great.My all time favorite!!!

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Le Bois des Moutiers, France Photograph © amandabhslater