Chateau de Brecy – A Place of Style and Substance30th September 2010 • Places to Visit • Stephanie Donaldson
Chateau de Brecy is owned by Monsieur Didier Wirth and his wife Barbara. It is immensely stylish and restrained with four formal terraces leading up from the chateau. The structural planting consists entirely of yew, box and hornbeam. Carved stone artichokes are an ornamental device used in old and new stone features throughout the garden. On either side of the formal gardens the formality gives way to orchards of traditional cider apples. This is gardening on a grand scale – Monsieur Wirth has befriended neighbouring farmers and planted avenues of trees on their land to complement the chateau and has been given permission to fell a distant poplar that blocks a vista in exchange for a case of champagne. He is also purchasing a hill 5km away that is directly in line with the avenue that leads from the main gate with the intention of erecting a structure that will draw the eye to the horizon.