A little history of Pont-Chevron castle
Pont-Chevron is in perfect harmony with its formal gardens: it's a fine instance of classical, 18th century style!
18th century, really? Aaaah, sorry... I made a mistake... because Pont-Chevron dates back to the beginning... of the 20th century! Sure, it's a true tribute to the bygone days!
Since 1234, the fortress belonged to Pont-Chevron lords. In the 19th century, count Louis d'Harcourt owned the estate: he wanted to demolish the old castle and build instead a big house where he could have a few friends, near Paris.
In 1870, the old stronghold was demolished and between 1896 and 1900, architect Coulomb raised the current castle.
At that time, people liked the 18th century style: Louis XVI's style used to represent the archetypal French good taste. Pont-Chevron is a fine example of that fashion!
Now I'm going to the landscape garden, behind the castle: amazing!
The viewpoint seems boundless: the huge lake (26 hectares) and the forest stretching up endlessly.
Oh, don't forget to visit mosaics (3th century), in the outhouses. They were discovered in Gallo-roman thermae when the castle was raised in 1896.