A little history of Brécy castle
We are now in Saint-Gabriel-Brécy, in Calvados: welcome to Brécy gardens. Terraced gardens, rosery, vegetable plot, statues...
The first mention of the castle dates back to the 12th century, with Richard I de Brécy.
But the man who raised the current castle was called Jacques Le Bas, lord de Cambes, who owned the estate in 1638. With his wife, he asked François Mansart to lay out the beautiful gardens, between 1666 and 1697.
Fell to the 18th century to Pierre-François de Bernières then to the marquise de Lamoignon, Brécy's gardens were transformed into a farm in 1827.
What a pity! The estate was completely abandoned... and damaged during the World War II.
But the French writer Jacques de Lacretelle (who already saved the castle of O, in Orne departement) bought Brécy in the 20th century and restored it.