After four years of construction work, the Count and Countess Louis d’Harcourt moved in 1900.
The architect COULON, very famous in the 19th century, was inspired by plans from the 18th century, which gives the castle its harmonious proportions and all its splendor. It is made up of a set of outbuildings arranged around its French gardens enhanced by NELSON sculptures, its rose garden, its vegetable patch with its large greenhouse and its shaded bower. This set covers an area of 9 hectares.
Access to the castle is via the Receptions rooms placed opposite, overlooking the main courtyard and including the stables, the chapel, and the gîtes..
Behind the castle, the gaze is lost on a perspective of 2.5 km above a 27 hectares lake bordered by a park with hundred-year-old trees which offers visitors a pleasant walk.
The Pont-Chevron site is very rich in history, as can be seen from:
⁃ Gallo-Roman mosaics from the 2nd century AD discovered during the construction of the castle and exhibited since 1963
⁃ The remains of a dungeon dating from the 12th century, on the banks of the lake
⁃ The chapel in which the long list of parish priests of the places leaves us some testimonies
The Reception rooms
The Commons, built at the same time as the castle and therefore in perfect harmony, maintain the balance desired by Count Louis D’Harcourt and his architect Coulon.
Inside, the main room with its glass roof reflects this search for openness and light.
Pont-Chevron and the Receptions rooms, given this architecture, are classified as Historic Monuments.
The Receptions rooms have also house a chapel dedicated to Sainte Anne.
Throughout the last century, Pont-Chevron has welcomed famous guests, such as Queen Amélie of Portugal, King Alfonso XIII of Spain, world leaders, soldiers, businessmen, President of the Republic, ministers …
Count Louis d’Harcourt, diplomat in Asia and Europe, brought back many memories and many friendships from around the world. His wife born Lanjuinais is the direct descendant of Jean-Denis Lanjuinais, one of the drafters of the constitution of year II and one of the most illustrious men of law of the beginning of the 19th century.
Today, the Count and Countess Jean de La Rochefoucauld, descendants of Count Louis d’Harcourt, passionately perpetuate the life of Pont-Chevron.
The French-style park wanted by Count Louis d´Harcourt, or classic garden with trimmings and amenities, is the expression of classicism in the art of gardens, with a constant search for perfection.
The location of the castle offers a harmonious and soothing perspective on the water, which extends towards the horizon.
Count Louis D’Harcourt used to say: “My gaze is on tranquility and I am serene looking at my park and my pond. “
His aesthetic, plant vocabulary and statuary are directly inspired by the gardens of northern Italy. It brings the landscape into the garden while maintaining the concern for perfect beauty. Terraced, regular, often linear, it gives a lot of space to water and the perspective it offers.