Whatever time of year you visit La Grande Noë you will find a wide variety of flowers and plants and you should take a stroll through our woods and gardens which are full of ancient trees.
Treelife includes some very old oaks, ash, beech, hornbeam, chestnut, sycamore, douglas firs and lime trees – we have a number of lime trees close to the chateau and which will help you have a good night sleep.
In early spring our woods are full of carpets of bluebells, violets and cowslips. In late spring you will see greater stitchwort, Herb Robert (small pink geraniums), sanicle, wood sorrel, woodruff, wood spurge, wood vetch and bugle.
Many of these plants are associated with ancient woodlands in Northern France and in Britain.
In summer the wild flowers in our organic meadows - such as meadow buttercup, ox-eye daisy, red clover, sorrel, bird’s foot trefoil, yarrow, field scabious, germander speedwell and mouse-ear hawkweed (to name but a few!) - provide a good source of nectar for bees and butterflies.
We are also spoilt in summer and autumn with a wide variety of fruits from our trees – apples, pears, cherries, plums and walnut trees are everywhere – and if you are here then you will be sure to sample these along with redcurrants, strawberries and raspberries.
In autumn it is of course mushroom time and if you know what you are doing there are lots of edible ones – if you don’t know an edible mushroom from a poisonous toadstool then Jacques will be able to show what is what.
We have had in place for many years now a system of sustainable woodland management which not only provides wood for our fires but allows for regeneration of our woods and provides homes for the rich variety of woodland wildlife.
Let yourself be seduced the wonders of nature at La Grande Noë.
Last update : 30/05/2012