The gardens of the Donjon de Ballon have earned the label "Jardin remarquable" and showcase a vast number of species (including aromatic and condimentary plants) which are typically found in medieval "Jardin Clos"...More →
The Château de Ballon, a fortified keep located near the town of Le Mans in the Sarthe département, in the Pays de la Loire region at the border with Normandy, is listed as a "Monument historique" ...More →
The rose-garden of the Jardins de Ballon showcases a collection of old rose species, composed of around a hundred varieties of roses, a collection of peonies, a wall of roses and an ensemble of remarkable trees and shrubs ...More →
The Donjon de Ballon and its gardens are built on a rocky outcrop dominating the plain below. From the top of the old feudal motte, one discovers an exceptional panoramic view on the Pays du Saôsnois and Parc Maine-Normandie ...More →
The Château de Ballon near Le Mans in the Sarthe departement, part of the Pays de la Loire region and on the border with Normandy is listed as a "Monument Historique" ...
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The Gardens of the Donjon de Ballon, near le Mans in the Sarthe departement, part of the Pays de la Loire region and on the border with Normandy are listed as "Jardin Remarquable" ... More info ...
From the Donjon de Ballon and its gardens it is possible to discover an exceptional panoramic view on the Parc Maine-Normandie and the Pays Saôsnois...
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Winner of the most beautiful Monument in Sarthe - by le Maine Libre - Conseil Départemental - France Bleu Maine - Prize giving ceremony Sunday 6th May 2018 - Donjon de Ballon
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Jardins et Donjon de Ballon ouverts
les 2 et 3 Juin de 14h à 18h30
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Dimanche 12 Avril 2015 : concert rencontre et goûter au Château de Ballon (20 places)Toutes les infos »
Open all year round by previous arrangement for groups of 10 or more Unguided visit of the garden from 1st July to mid-August (closed on Thursdays) and also every weekend in May and June. More infos »
- By train, TGV "Paris-Le Mans"
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An ancient fortress at the gates of the Maine region, the Donjon de Ballon
has been mounting its defences from the top of its rocky outcrop against Normandy
for more than a 1000 years.
The Château de Ballon is listed as a Monument Historique since 1923 and its site is also listed.
The Donjon de Ballon is surrounded by medieval or renaissance inspired gardens which showcase collections of fruit trees, ancient varieties of rose, clematises, peonies and viburna. The Donjon’s gardens are listed as a Jardin Remarquable.
The Château and Gardens of Ballon are located 23km north of Le Mans, which is an hour away from Paris by high speed train, and are close to the A28 motorway direction Alençon, in the Sarthe département part of the Pays de la Loire region at the border with Normandy.
The Château and its gardens are open to visits throughout the year for groups on demand and the gardens are open every weekend from May to September for individual visitors.
Every year themed open-days are organised at the Château:
- European Heritage Open Days
- Rendez-vous in the gardens
- Gardens in support of Neurodon
classé avec son parc,
à 50 Kms du Mans.
du XVIIème Siècle,
15 Km du Mans.
Pays de Galles
LA FERME AUX HISTOIRES
La ferme aux histoires
RÊVE DE CHÂTEAUX
Guide des Châteaux,
pour réceptions ...