Gardens of Marqueyssac

Ok, so technically not really a food memory of the Dordogne, but they are too stunning not to tell you about it – if you are visiting they are well worth a visit, and there’s more to them than just the incredible hedging you see above.

A quick Google image search for the Gardens of Marqueyssac will bring up some breathtaking images of these gardens lit up at dusk.  If you go at the right time of year you can go in the evening, which I imagine would be beautiful.

View from the Gardens of Marqueyssac

Gardens of Marqueyssac

Gardens of Marqueyssac

Dordogne chateau at the Gardens of Marqueyssac

Gardens of Marqueyssac in the Dordogne

I decided to leave out my fruitless comments as the pictures of the gardens talk for themselves.  As well as these beautiful topiary and sculpted hedges, there are also aviaries of unusual birds, and a couple of noisy peacocks – one who kindly put on a display of his tail feathers when we approached…

Peacock at the Gardens of Marqueyssac

Peacock at the Gardens of Marqueyssac

Peacock at the Gardens of Marqueyssac

The Gardens of Marqueyssac hold more secrets – numerous walks around the grounds, through beautiful living tunnels and out onto outcrops with stunning views of the river and surrounding countryside.

Gardens of Marqueyssac

View from the Gardens of Marqueyssac

Plenty of opportunity to prat about…

Gardens of Marqueyssac

The sandy outcrop you can see below is actually part of the gardens – we could just see people on the top there.

View from the Gardens of Marqueyssac

Naturally, we headed back to the terrace cafe for a scoop of Perigord strawberry sorbet rather than hiking to the end of the garden…

Sorbet

Before we made our way back to the car, I bored Mr Rigg to death by taking far too many pictures of the beautiful manor house and the many pretty roses that grew up it.  Boys, look away…

Manor house at Gardens of Marqueyssac

French door

French roses

Roses

Gardens of Marqueyssac

Roses

Manor house at Gardens of Marqueyssac

I’m not far off winding up our travels in the Dordogne – still to come is a picnic by a pond, a magnificent château with a bounty of wild strawberries in the grounds, watching the goats being milked, our final market (and one of my favourites), plus our last meal at the gite complete with rotisserie chicken from the market.

If you’ve missed my previous instalments of our travels to the Dordogne, or if you’ve come across this page and are planning a trip, check them all about by clicking here.

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