On the plus side, the water lily pond is absolutely magnificent, and it was well worth the trip for this alone. But the rest of the gardens, while not a disappointment, were most definitely in need of some weeding, trimming and general tidy up. With the number of people who visit daily, I was quite surprised not to see staff tending the garden. As the day was a scorcher, we also noticed the heat from the concrete paths. What a pity the paths could not be kept as gravel or dirt. Nevertheless, a great trip. We took the train from Paris at 1220pm, and returned at 450pm from Vernon. Using the bus transfer ( both the bus drivers were delightful) this allowed plenty of time to view the house and gardens, and to get some baguettes in Vernon and enjoy a local lunch. With some extra gardening, this really should be 5 stars, but the mess let it down.
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