THE BOIS DES MOUTIERS HOUSE
The house, gardens and park were created for Guillaume Mallet (1859-1945) from 1898 onwards.
The British architect Sir Edwin LUTYENS, then aged 29, designed the house which is unique in France. He later became famous for designing the Viceroy’s Palace in New Delhi and the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London.
The gardens which surround this delightful house were designed by the architect in collaboration with the owner and the renowned landscape architect Gertrude Jekyll (1849-1932). Jekyll was especially responsible for the mixed borders along the main path. Designed as an extension of the house, these closed spaces and walls are very structured. They are linked to each other and gradually lead to the landscaped park, deliberately left in a more natural state. This park covering 12 hectares was planted by Guillaume Mallet in a valley leading down to the sea.
The descendants of Guillaume Mallet, who still live in the Bois des Moutiers, continue to perpetuate and embellish the work of this amateur genius. Gardens are laid out around the house and surrounded by walls or yew hedges; they form spaces of light and shadow punctuated by arches and a pergola.
“It was Persicaire, a vast property, at twilight, a dawn of the night. There was no sound of the sea. We crossed, if I remember rightly, four small courtyards of an Italian-style cloister”
Translation: Alison Dufour
Internet site : www.boisdesmoutiers.com