Château de Mongenan
16 Rue de Mongenan
Tel: 05 56 67 18 11
PLEASE NOTE: Entry to the garden only will be available for our visitors already in possession of our Annual Membership card which can be purchased online via our website.
Our Day Pass will not be available at the entrance.
To visit the chateau the normal entry fee of €10 will apply.
This property is open to visitors by appointment every day including Sundays and holidays from January 7 to December 20 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and in addition from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in July and August.
It is accessible for groups of more than 10 people every day, all year round on the days and times of their choice.
Tasting and sale of the estate's wines, seeds and cuttings offered for Rendez-vous aux Jardins and Heritage Days.
Gardens classified as a Historic Monument.
This Garden is also open to visit by appointment.
The château de Mongenan was built in 1736 by the architect Le Herissey for Baron Antoine de Cascq, president of the Guyenne parliament. The fact that the garden is counted amongst France's "Jardins Remarquables" speaks for itself: themed terraced areas, ornamental gardens and a rare thing today - pleasure.
Château Mongenan in Portets is not a castle but a ‘cottage of surprises’, which is what the 18th century called pleasure houses in the country areas where aristocrats spent a thrilling time well away from prying eyes. The gardens were an integral part of this French art of living because dalliance amid the scent of roses and comedy played out in a leafy outdoor theatre to the sound of enchanting music brought sighs of pleasure to all.
There is then no point in looking for moats, turrets and crenellated battlements at Château Mongenan. Those expecting such showy elements will be sorely disappointed. On the other hand, anyone seeking to reconnect with the sweetness of life in the 18th century will be delighted, discovering a decor unchanged since the reign of Louis XVI, with herbaria, period costumes, manuscripts, family portraits and a Masonic Temple, together with gardens filled with simple flowers such as poppies, larkspur, roses, pelargoniums, lemongrass, valerian and borage, including many species that have disappeared from catalogues and garden centres.
That is why, twice a year for Heritage Days and Rendez-vous aux Jardins, Château Mongenan distributes free of charge, seeds patiently collected in its gardens listed as a Historic Monument.
On these particular occasions, the entrance fee to visit the gardens is 10€ (children under 12 are admitted free of charge) but seeds and cuttings are given away to visitors, including cuttings of old roses such as Ghislaine de Féligonde, Madame de Parabère, Blush Noisette, Paul’s Scarlet Climber, Senator La Follette, Albéric Barbier, Cardinal de Richelieu, Candeur Lyonnaise and many others.
During the visit between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m, SIGM (Savoirs et Images en Graves Montesquieu) lecturers are on site to provide all necessary explanations about the history of the plants and gardens and the symbolism connected with them. There will also be a quiz on trees with winning participants rewarded with bottles of wine from the estate.
Information: Château de Mongenan in Portets (33) 05 56 67 18 11Saturday and Sunday June 5 and 6, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a guided tour of the 18th century museum ; duration one hour.
Map coordinates: 44.696050, -0.430481
The château is signposted from the RN113 and throughout the village of Portets.