Let’s go back in time.
As the eighteenth century was ending and the nineteenth beginning, the art of the garden was rapidly changing.
Landscape gardeners were moving away from rectilinear French-style garden designs and looking to English or romantic gardens, which were skillfully designed to arouse emotions and create an element of surprise, during a walk in the garden, on coming across wonderful trees, wooded copses, grottos, tiny bridges or gazebos.
It was at the end of the eighteenth century that Jacques Berthault acquired 28 hectares of land at Les Fontaines. His son, Louis Martin Berthault, an architect, designer and, most importantly, landscape gardener (notably for the Empress Eugénie), transformed it into a romantic garden, where its freshness and soul can still be discerned today.
Over 200 years later, you can still take a tour around the lake, admire the islets, cross the walkways and explore the grottos.
During your stay on the Campus, take a moment to walk around these winding paths, look for the traces of Berthault’s romantic garden that still exist, and lose yourself in contemplation of the beauty of nature in this idyllic spot.