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“Quiet with a few scenic spots”

Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
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Castles of the Dordogne Valley Day Trip from Sarlat
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Vezac
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Marqueyssac is one of the most beautiful romantic gardens of France and today the most visited garden in Perigord. Listed as a national historical monument thanks to its 54 acres park, Marqueyssac's gardens offer more than 6 kilometres of shaded paths in a maze of 150 000 hand-pruned boxwoods. From the belvedere, at 130 meters above the Dordogne river, you will see the most spectacular panorama in Perigord. This is the testimony of a rich bygone history and a gorgeous natural heritage. It's also an exceptionnal Dordogne valley point of view, you will see its most beautiful villages : Domme, Castelnaud, Beynac, Fayrac, La Roque-Gageac and its castles.
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Liked how the garden was perched atop a hill with decent views of the Dordogne Valley. But the experience itself was o-kay, it just felt that there were better sights (and less man made constructs) that we could've experienced elsewhere in the valley. But this place will be good for those of you who enjoy having a peaceful walk in a manicured garden.

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

we spent 3 hours in this place with children (5 and 2 years old)
it was excellent to walk through these beautiful gardens
Also shuttle bus is available Inside the park in case you're too tired to walk back to entrance
exclusive view on La Roche Gageac

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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Spent several hours here recently, wandering along the cliff tops above the Dordogne. There are seats along the way for resting, which we needed as it was a hot day. This is basically a "green" garden so don't go expecting wide range of flowering species - the most colourful thing in the garden was a peacock, unperturbed by the people who were oohing and aahhing at him, and the hen nearby with their chicks. Plenty to see in terms of spectacular views, pleasant foresty gardens, range of walking tracks, children's playground, and cafe for end of the walk including an artisanal glacier. Well worth doing.

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

These gardens, planted in the 19th century, feature about 150,000 hand-pruned boxwoods on a hilltop hundreds of feet above the Dordogne Valley. At the start of the gardens, topiary, many contributing to what looks like a herd of sheep, begged to be inspected. We arrived on an extremely hot and humid June day and opted not to stand under the blazing sun, waiting 30 minutes for a free tour in English to begin. Instead, we set forth along paths that cover about 4 miles within the gardens.

At first, so many boxwoods both beckoned and overwhelmed, but eventually they became a bit boring. No color broke up the sea of green, though woodlands with linden, cypress and pine helped to relieve the monotony and there were a few flowers here and there. We thought the stunning views, however, made the 7,80 E admission price worthwhile. The panorama from the belvedere, 400 feet above the river, beautifully showed off the Dordogne Valley and was well worth the long walk to get there.

The car park was crowded but we only passed a few people in the massive gardens. There are enough paths to allow visitors to have some areas entirely to themselves. A cafe near the entrance gives the opportunity for a snack, a drink or a meal at yet another incredible viewpoint.

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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We visited on the 1st Thursday of July for the Candlelit evening and what an experience. The views were breathtaking as were the gardens but it really provided the wow factor as dusk descended - candles were everywhere and the trees were lit up in different colours. They had stilt walkers, pianists and jazz bands - it truly was a magical experience. We had cocktails and pastries on the terrace with the most breathtaking view. And to top the lot as inclement weather was forecast the admission was reduced to the normal daily rate! Despite one shower it was fine, however the passing rain clouds and double rainbow just seemed to make it even more magical. One of my best ever experiences!

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