Château de Sassy was built of stone and bricks in the 18th century. It has imposing four levels of terraces. The Duke d’Audiffret-Pasquier, ancestor of the present owners, bought Sassy in 1850 and converted the east wing into a library, in order to house the important Parisian collection of his uncle, the Chancellor Pasquier.

Visitors can admire a fine furniture, various Aubusson and Gobelins tapestries and in the Chapel a 15 century retable (historical monument) coming from St. Bavon abbey in Ghent (Belgium). The Formal Gardens, surrounded by a moat, have been designed by Achille Duchesne, inspired by Le Nôtre achievements. This architecture of greenery and stone can be admired from the castle or when strolling along the terraces. The perspective is closed by a charming orangery, framed by a canopy of pruned lime trees. The garden's box, yew, laurel and other slow-growing evergreen plants are impervious to the seasons and wind, remaining fixed in their timeless splendour. The classical unity of the setting took more than a century to be accomplished. The central part of the castle dates back to the 18th century, while the formal beds were created around 1925.

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nounours delyoncésar (18 months ago)
Really very pretty and very beautiful, magnificent estate, magnificent castle o
Sébastien Saquert (2 years ago)
Very nice discovery at Sassy castle surrounded by a pretty country setting. The guided tour was very informative. Our guide was fascinating, making the tour come alive. We fell in love with the library and the two living rooms! The formal gardens are well pruned by two gardeners doing a remarkable job.
Sébastien Saquert (2 years ago)
Very nice discovery at Sassy castle surrounded by a pretty country setting. The guided tour was very informative. Our guide was fascinating, making the tour come alive. We fell in love with the library and the two living rooms! The formal gardens are well pruned by two gardeners doing a remarkable job.
Elodie bouchez (2 years ago)
Very pretty chateau with a beautiful property. The guide is welcoming, she answered all of our questions. The visit of the castle and the gardens was appreciated!
Malcolm Haines (2 years ago)
Great visit but you may have to hang around for the tour to start.
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