The Garden Guide

Château de Losse

A renaissance castle, built by a courtier of François I. The castle is unchanged since the sixteenth century and a lunette, on the website, shows a renaissance garden on the lines of the present garden. There is a terrace garden with hornbeam hedges and a wisteria tunnel.

Head Gardener's Comment

The charmille green chambers are terraced over the Vézère river.
A wonderful labyrinthine walk leading to a Virgilian view of the country side.
The garden within the walls leads through a wisteria tunnel to a box crenelated and roselined walk to the lower garden with rosemary and lavender patterns and a knot garden.
An architectural garden which satisfies the sight but also charms through scent and colour.
Inspired by XVIth& XVIIth century prints.

Photograph © Château de Losse
Photograph © Château de Losse
Photograph © Château de Losse
Photograph © Château de Losse
Photograph © Château de Losse


The garden was abandoned until work of restitution was undertaken following gradual restauration of the castle for the past 20 years
The site the castle and the gardens are listed Monuments Historiques

Plants of note

Botanic information is given at the entrance of the courtyard.
The garden has been selected as one of the three "jardins d'exception" in France by the EBTS (European Boxwood and Topiary Society).

Château de Losse, Thonac, France, 24290

May to September. See chateau website for opening times.

Visit the Château de Losse website

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