Château de Gourdon

Chateau de Gourdon

Jardin àl'Italienne at Chateau de Gourdon

Wonderful view at the Castle of Gourdon

The view at Chateau de Gourdon-3

Apothecary's Garden in Gourdon

View from castle's gardens of Gourdon France

Italian Garden with trimmed shrubs at Château de Gourdon

Alice in Wonderland decor in France

Gardens at castle of Gourdon with boxwood

Blue tea-length dress

Chateau de Gourdon

Free People dress with striped paisley design-13

Alice in Wonderland dress

Gardens with clipped boxwood at Castle of Gourdon

Blue Free People midi dress

Castle of Gourdon France

Paisley printed dress

Free People Wrap It Printed Midi Dress

Free People Dress (similar options here and here) | Sam Edelman Petty Boot (also available here in beige and here and here in black) | Vintage Bag (similar here and here)

 

“A place reminiscent of Lewis Caroll’s Wonderland infused with a hint of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Minas Tirith.” That would quite possibly be my answer if I were asked to describe the Château de Gourdon (TripAdvisor), located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in France.

The ancient village of Gourdon is perched on a rocky outcrop at a height of more than 500m overlooking the Loup Valley, with a view of Antibes and Cap Roux in the distance. A large chunk of the village is made up of a 12th century castle and its surrounding gardens. The castle is no longer open to the public (it used to be a museum of antiques) but guided visits of the garden can be arranged from April till September. According to the website, this is only possible for groups of more than ten people but we were with much less and they didn’t seem to mind. We paid 7 euro per person for the visit. 

A très sympa gardener guided us around with a broad but less diabolic smile than Alice’s guide around Wonderland (Cheshire Cat). He was elaborate in his explanations (in French) and showed us the “Apothecary’s Garden” that has medicinal plants from the Middle Ages in boxwood hedges as well as a sun dial. In the 17th century, the castle’s terrace gardens were designed by no other than André Le Nôtre, chief gardener for King Louis XIV at the Palace of Versailles, a master at geometry and creating dramatic vistas. My favourite part of the garden was the “Jardin à l’Italienne” with boxwood clipped into balls, which lent itself perfectly for a few Alice poses.

I wore a dress by Free People that completed the Alice picture perfectly. I love how Free People with its unique designs succeeds, over and over again, in evoking an atmosphere, a sentiment. The dress I was wearing is currently sold out, but here, here, here, here and here are a few other favourites from the brand.

After about an hour, we woke up from our curious dream, thanked the gardener cordially and let him go back to his day job – I assume painting white roses red and such.

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12 Comments

  1. Sara May 27, 2016

    What a charming place — such a beautiful garden! Seems like you really enjoyed walking through it all.

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  2. Diana May 25, 2016

    The Chateau is so beautiful! Love your pictures!

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  3. Maggie May 25, 2016

    Wow everything about this is insanely gorgeous!! Love love love it!

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  4. Ela May 23, 2016

    This place is breathtaking! Look at that view and how beautiful everything looks, I could spend hours there just adoring the view! Style and colour of your dress is so pretty, perfect for summer!

    Ela BellaWorld

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  5. Daniela May 22, 2016

    Such a dreamy post! I’m really happy for your series of posts from Cote d’Azur. It’s one of my most favourite places I’ve ever visited. This garden looks amazing and I love also your dress. <3

    Daniela

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  6. Gabriëlle May 21, 2016

    This place looks so dreamy and the pictures are absolutely beautiful!

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  7. These photos are simply breathless and so fairy-like. How do you get to travel so much? It’s wonderful.

    xoxo,
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  8. Tasha May 20, 2016

    The angles in which you take your photos are amazing. The way you take pictures is really inspiring!

    I also like the variation of attitudes you adopt, and your using the wind for making dresses flow. Marilyn did it before you :)

    Thanks

    Tasha

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  9. Dana May 20, 2016

    Wonderful place this is – and dazzling photos! You indeed create an atmosphere of enthralling tales.

    I am very fond of Free People’s loose dresses too. This deep blue one is really charming.

    Certainly going to visit Gourdon!

    Dana

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  10. Denise May 20, 2016

    This is an amazing place! So nice that the gardener gave explanations, and how lovely he was; I loved your dress and boots and the photos are really impressive!
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  11. Melissa May 19, 2016

    Ugh your pictures are so beautiful! I love this dress and the way the breeze blows it in the wind. I also like the midi length it really makes you look so chic. I like that you styled this look with a pair of neutral colored ankle boots for a more casual feel and your matching tote is perfection. Great photos and beautiful location for them!
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  12. Sarah May 19, 2016

    Amazing place and pretty dress ^^

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