Ideal for a romantic stroll
Located between the Château and the Great Stables, the English garden was designed during the Restoration in 1819 by the architect Victor Dubois for Prince Louis-Joseph de Bourbon Condé (1736-1818). It occupies a plot of a part of André Le Nôtre's gardens that were destroyed during the Revolution. Enhanced with romantic structures such as the temple of Venus, which is inhabited by swans and waterfowl that nest on its many islands, this garden also contains a large water feature designed by André Le Nôtre: the Beauvais Waterfall.
The temple of Venus
The temple of Venus is a mansion built at the beginning of the 19th century by the architect Victor Dubois. Erected on the banks of a romantic stretch of water, it is inspired by the Greco-Roman temples and houses a copy of the famous antique statue of Venus, the goddess of Love and Beauty.
The island of Love
The island of Love is located on a site that was formerly a venue for garden parties, where the princes of Condé received their guests in the summer season. Created by the Duke of Aumale in the 19th century, this small island, bordered by fountains and hedges, features a structure housing a statue of Eros, the God of Love, from whom it takes its name.
Characteristics of the English garden
Contrary to the French-style garden, with its geometric layout and grandiloquent perspectives, the English garden draws its inspiration from the romanticism favoured by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, for whom the art of gardens is intended to embellish and enhance nature.
This type of garden is both a landscape and a work of art, the aim being to imitate the wilderness of nature in order to highlight the poetry of a place.
According to seasons and time of day, the English garden offers varying views and sensations. The metamorphosis of the elements creates a constantly changing place. The relationship with nature is constantly reinvented.
English gardens in the early 18th century were made up of landscapes reminiscent of Antiquity, whence the references to Venus and Eros that can be found in Chantilly.