The gardens date back to the 18th century and spread over several acres with elegant, chestnut tree-lined drives and gardens landscaped in the Italian Renaissance style complete with sculptures of nymphs and water features, extensive woodland and a kitchen garden. A series of events take place in the gardens, the most famous being the ‘Nuit Sorcière’. “This is one of the Château’s most popular events,” says director Catherine Allard. “It is based around Halloween and last year attracted more than 5,000 visitors. From 5pm until midnight, children and adults are entranced as they follow a torch-lit, mystery trail through the woods, encountering ghosts, ghouls and wizards. Expect puppet shows, live music and storytelling.”