One of France’s largest collections of Decorative Arts
Discover this surprising seventeenth-century castle with its romantic, picturesque grounds. It is the work of a couple of collectors passionate about the Decorative Arts.
In an exciting tour, our guide will help you to feel the refined eighteenth-century atmosphere by revealing the anecdotes and little secrets of this golden age of French art de vivre. As you stroll through the music room, the smoking room, and other rooms with sculpted furniture, you will be impressed by the paintings by famous masters (Rubens, Brueghul, Fragonard), the tapestries from the greatest workshops (Aubusson, Gobelins), and the historical reconstruction of a Napoleon room. Enlightened enthusiasts and curious children alike will be enchanted by these scenes and this voyage through time.
Info and booking on the website of Château de Laàs, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques.
A “collection” of gardens in a 12-hectare park
With its hundred-year-old trees, this 12-hectare park features several picturesque gardens to keep you in a constant state of wonder.
On the upper grounds, a French-style garden with sculpted boxwood hedges frame water features, while an English-style garden invites you to take a stroll in the shade.
Three other styles of garden keep each other company along the wooded slope and the banks of the Gave. There is the exotic garden, with tropical plants, bamboo huts, and raised paths. The Italian garden features a succession of cascading terraces offering an exceptional panorama of the Pyrenean peaks. And there is a series of romantic paths scattered with alcoves perfect for relaxing or meditating, which give onto a theatre of greenery. Explanatory signs make it easy to discover the park’s biodiversity.
Off to the side lies a historic orchard where you can explore two hectares planted with 1600 heritage and regional fruit trees.