Considered as the grandest Japanese garden in Europea, the Parc oriental de Maulévrier located close to Cholet is one of the pilot projects in Europe in terms of the quality of its restoration and presentation.  At the meeting point of the French Maine et Loire, Deux-Sèvres and Vendée departments,  the 72-acre natural environment is an enchanting site where plants communicate with minerals in a verdant and flower-filled setting.

Far more than simply a place to relax, the oriental park proposes an exotic day-long journey strolling down the alleys of a 30-acre Japanese garden (a classified site), admiring a superb bonsai collection and enjoying a warm drink in a charming tea salon. As a space propitious to meditation and poetry, Maulévrier bears similarities to the grand Japanese parks for promenading of the 17th to 19th-century Edo epoch. In this culture, the composition and symbolism of Japanese gardens represents a form of sacred art, an expression of the tenets defining several Eastern religions. The promenade follows the meanderings of a river highlighted by bridges, Khmer statues, Japanese lanterns, and a pagoda; some of these objects have been reproduced from molds of the celebrated 1900 Paris World’s Fair. The plant cycle and the staging of calm or flowing water explain characterization of the park as “garden of transformation”.

Ever evolving, the gardens are also anchored in history. During the 19th century, the park was incorporated into the Colbert château, which had been acquired by a manufacturer from nearby Cholet.

His architect, and soon-to-be son-in-law, the internationally renowned Alexandre Marcel, strove to reendow the estate with its one-time splendor by creating an Oriental area of essentially Japanese design.

Having fallen in love with the site, he planted numerous exotic species, created a pond, and added a number of sublime architectural features. After his death in 1948 and the departure of his wife in 1945, a series of owners failed to adequately maintain this oasis of greenery; it was only in 1980 that the public authorities acquired the park and that restoration work faithful to the spirit of its designer got underway in earnest.

Welcoming more than 110,000 visitors a year, the Parc oriental de Maulévrier contains no less than 300 species of exotic vegetation, raising it to the rank of third arboretum of the Pays de Loire. For walkers, it represents an eye-opening place for discovery focused on the theme of nature, plants and plant upkeep.

Year in and year out, from one flowering season to the next, special events are organized in a blessedly free space where serenity prevails at any moment of the day.

Photo gallery of Parc oriental de maulévrier

Visits

  • Free individual visits
  • Guided individual tours
  • Groups welcome from 20 people up to 50 people
  • Guided group tours
  • Pets are accepted
  • Available languages
    • Parlées : French, German, English

Activities

  • Specific themed events
  • Temporary exhibitions

Opening time

From 14 to March 31, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Tuesday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Wenesday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Thursday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Friday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
From 01 to April 07, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Tuesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Thursday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Friday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
From 08 to April 21, 2024
Monday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Tuesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Thursday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Friday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
From 22 to April 28, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Tuesday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Wenesday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Thursday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Friday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
From April 29 to May 05, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Tuesday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Wenesday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Thursday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Friday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
From 06 to May 12, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Tuesday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Wenesday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Thursday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Friday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Saturday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
From 13 to May 19, 2024
Monday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Tuesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Thursday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Friday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
From 20 to May 26, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Tuesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Thursday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Friday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
From May 27 to June 30, 2024
Monday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Tuesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Thursday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Friday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM and 10 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
From 01 to July 07, 2024
Monday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Tuesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Thursday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Friday01:30 PM - 06 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Saturday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday10:30 AM - 07 PM
From 08 to July 28, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 07 PM
Tuesday10:30 AM - 07 PM
Wenesday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Thursday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Friday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Saturday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday10:30 AM - 07 PM
From July 29 to August 04, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 07 PM
Tuesday10:30 AM - 07 PM
Wenesday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:45 PM - 12:30 AM
Thursday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Friday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Saturday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday10:30 AM - 07 PM
From August 05 to September 01, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 07 PM
Tuesday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Wenesday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Thursday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Friday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Saturday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09:30 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday10:30 AM - 07 PM
From 02 to September 15, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 07 PM
Tuesday10:30 AM - 07 PM
Wenesday10:30 AM - 07 PM
Thursday10:30 AM - 07 PM
Friday10:30 AM - 07 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 07 PM and 09 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday10:30 AM - 07 PM
From 16 to September 29, 2024
Monday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Tuesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Thursday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Friday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM and 09 PM - 12:30 AM
Sunday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
From September 30 to October 20, 2024
Monday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Tuesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Wenesday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Thursday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Friday01:30 PM - 06 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
From 21 to October 27, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Tuesday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Wenesday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Thursday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Friday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
From October 28 to November 03, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Tuesday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Wenesday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Thursday10:30 AM - 06:30 PM
Friday10:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 05:30 PM
From 04 to November 10, 2024
Monday01:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Tuesday01:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Wenesday01:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Thursday01:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Friday01:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 05:30 PM
From 11 to November 17, 2024
Monday10:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Tuesday01:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Wenesday01:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Thursday01:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Friday01:30 PM - 05:30 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 05:30 PM

Prices

Full adult price : from € 9.50 to € 9.50 Visite jour

Discounted rate : from € 8.30 to € 8.30 Visite jour 12-17 ans/Etudiants/PMR

Full adult price : from € 10.00 to € 10.00 Promenade nocturne

Discounted rate : from € 8.70 to € 8.70 Promenade nocturne 12-17 ans/Etudiants/PMR

Free of charge : from € 0.00 to € 0.00 Enfant -12 ans

Further information

Labels

  • Jardin remarquable
    Jardin remarquable
  • Qualité Tourisme
    Qualité Tourisme

Payment method

  • Credit card
  • Cheques and postal orders
  • Holiday vouchers

Access

  • SNCF train station at 12 km
  • Public transport

Services and equipments

  • Shop
  • Picnic area
  • Bar cafeteria tea room