Visiting Eyrignac and its Gardens
Nestling in a verdent setting, the Eyrignac estate contains at its heart, gardens considered to be the jewel of the Périgord. Set in10 hectares are the French-style gardens with and Italian influence. Ready to delight the eyes of visitors are the glowing colours of the vegetable and flower gardens harmonising with hints of the Far East ; gushing water features and a place where Nature is understood. The gardens are easily accessed from Sarlat, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Périgueux, Cahors and Lascaux. The gardens at Eyrignac are open throughout the year.
Eyrignac and its evolution : an historical monument of the 17th and 18th centuries
Eyrignac is a place where tradition lives on. For the last 500 years, 22 generations of the same family have lived on this land. Eyrignac means “where water flows” and in Occitan “ey” means “water”. It is based on this age-old tradition that Gilles Sermadiras, the father of the current owner, Patrick Sermadiras, created each aspect of the gardens in the 1960’s, designing them as a tribute to the French gardens of the 17th century. The gardens at Eyrignac are a favourite in the Dordogne due to the extraordinary plant sculptures. This gem is a unique display of the artistry of topiary in France. Three hundred Yews, Box, Hornbeam and Cypress trees are expertly hand clipped by six gardeners using the traditional methods of times gone by, working with shears, cords and plumb lines.
Adjacent to the structured gardens and providing a rural dimension is a colourful and poetic world, a source of life and of colour. Separated only by a charming walkway of weeping cedars, the vegetable garden and the flower garden also reflect the feminine influence of its owner Capucine Sermadiras, who wanted to bring the garden into the house with a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a wholesome basket of vegetables.
Visiting Eyrignac and its Gardens
Feel free to wander in the gardens at your own pace; assisted by the Visitor’s map (available in six languages French, English, Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian which you will be provided with at Reception.
Follow the numerous information boards which line your route and learn about the maintenance, the history or tips for your own garden.
Or alternatively, follow our step by step interactive guide by hiring an iPod touch (available in four languages : French, English, Spanish and Dutch).
Discover the flora and fauna of the Dordogne
The 2,5 and 4,5km botanical paths invite you to discover plants of the Périgord, their virtues
and their use. Easily accessible, ideally shady, they will lead you to the contemplation of the surrounding hills from the orientation table overhanging the gardens.
Nature, calm and discovery await you for a very special moment.
Family Pass (valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children or teenagers) 39,00€
Children (under 5) Free
Children (from 5 to 10) 6,50€
Teenager (from 11 to 18) 8,50€
New : Our adventure quiz are now available in English, our young visitors will visit the gardens with a compass, telescope or magnifying glass ! Upon request at the Ticket Office, no extra charge
Student (student card) 10,50€
Disabled people 7,90€
Pass Patrimoine (individual card valid 1 year) Enjoy Eyrignac as wish, all year long
Winter fee 10.50€ (from 13th November to 28th February)
Wheelchair upon request
**Lieu labellisé Tourisme et Handicap
(Handicap Moteur, Mental et Auditif)
We accept cash, bank cheques, credit cards (except American Express)
Restaurant and Tea Room « Côté Jardins » at the entrance of the Gardens
- Note that with your Adult entrance ticket, a 2€ discount will be granted on a meal only for Lunch (not available on drinks or slate plates)
- Shady picnic area (free access)
- Free car park in shady area
- Camper vans welcome day and night
- Changing facilities for babies
- “Côté Jardins, Côté Manoir” Gift Shop open all year round (gardening and decoration)
Dogs on leads are welcome
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