Reflecting a family passion passed down through more than 20 generations, the Gardens of Eyrignac Manor opened to the public in 1987.
Initially landscaped in the French style during the 18th century, the manor’s park was redesigned in the English style in the 19th century.
The father of the current owner of the estate set out to give the gardens the diversity we see today: topiary, French flower beds, medieval vegetable gardens and Renaissance gardens.
The gardens are in Salignac-Eyvigues, 13 km from Sarlat.
The 10-hectare park, awarded the “Remarkable Gardens” label, comprises 7 landscaped gardens, each of which centres on one of the springs that irrigate the estate: formal or in the form of a rose garden, a country garden, a water garden or a vegetable garden, each one reflects a different inspiration.
With their 300 boxwood or yew plant sculptures, Eyrignac Gardens are famous for their excellent display of the art of topiary.
Guided tour of the gardens
A paradise for topiary enthusiasts, a floral oasis and an exceptional place to recharge your batteries in the heart of Périgord Noir, the Gardens of Eyrignac surround the manor house known as “d’Artaban”, an authentic 17th-century residence built of local stone and flanked by a dovecote and a Romanesque chapel.
In front of these charming buildings is an elegant French parterre, typical of the Grand Siècle, with numerous topiaries cut by hand by the estate’s expert team of gardeners. The result of a goldsmith’s work, the estate’s plant sculptures are a world reference.
A majestic alley lined with hornbeams leads to a shrubbery conducive to rest, in the shade of which an authentic Chinese pagoda awaits the walker in search of relaxation. French elegance is found in the white garden, with its water features in 5 ponds and planted with 500 white roses.
Located at the end of the estate, it overlooks the Perigord landscape and offers a breathtaking view.
Les Jardins du Manoir d’Eyrignac: opening hours and prices
- Gardens open every day all year round
- Close at 7pm from April to October and at dusk from November to March
- Admission €12.90 for adults
- €8.50 for 11-18 year-olds
- €6.50 for 5-10 year-olds
- Free admission for children under 5 years old
- Reduced rates for families and students
- €2 supplement guided tours
- Restaurant and tea room on site (service from early April to late October)
- Picnic area
- Souvenirs, gifts, home furnishings and gardening shop
A walk in Eyrignac park also takes you through vegetable and flower gardens, a poetic garden of springs and an orchard with more than 50 varieties of apples, pears, plums and cherries.
Two botanical paths lead your from the estate across the neighbouring walnut groves and truffle fields.
You can explore the gardens independently or in the company of a garden guide to learn about the art of topiary and to discover what goes on behind the scenes at the estate.
If you are visiting Sarlat and would like to take part in typical events in the region, check out the Sarlat agenda so you don’t miss anything.