The park

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The six hectare ( 14 acres) park of the Château de Tocqueville was designed in 1836 by Alexis de Tocqueville’s wife, Mary Motley, who was English. Eschewing the rigidities of the classical Jardin a la Francaise, she created in front of the house a romantic English style garden, with a small elegant lake, broad lawns, walks under ancient oaks and willows. While walking in the park you will be able to wander where Alexis de Tocqueville used to enjoy his country life. In the old joinery, you will discover an introduction to Alexis de Tocqueville life and achievements. This small exhibition was created in 2005 by the French Archives Service to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Tocqueville’s birth. If you are in the mood for sports, you can enjoy the tennis court or go for a jogging in the park. You can also follow the tracks for Grandes Randonnées (GR) in the Val de Saire or go for a swim at the nearby beaches.