The house of George Sand, a world-famous French writer, bears witness to her rich personality and her attachment to nature.
A nature lover
The house in which George Sand lived, in Centre-Val de Loire in the heart of Berry, bears witness to the exceptional life of this 19th century woman. This house in which she wrote most of her work and received her friends, Balzac, Chopin, Flaubert and Liszt, still retains the writer’s furniture and objects today. The garden surrounding the house also testifies to the rich personality of George Sand and her attachment to nature.
It is a beautiful writer’s garden. George Sand has fully invested herself in each atmosphere. A subtle and original place, it spreads out like so many chapters its gardens, orchard, flowerbeds, rose garden, vegetable garden and woods in a 6-hectare historic park. In the heart of the Black Valley, this oasis testifies to the attachment of a woman to her land, like these two large cedars planted at the birth of her children, Maurice and Solange. 5 trees are labeled Remarkable Trees of France : the two cedars behind the castle, which George Sand had planted for her 2 children, as well as a ginko biloba, a sophora and a yew.
Her gratitude to the roses
George Sand ‘s house is an escapade charged with emotion and beautiful letters on the road of lovers, a stopover out of time, in the footsteps of popular traditions that the author has captured with so much accuracy and tenderness. Before the long driveway lined with perennial beds that separates the vegetable garden from the orchard and the rose garden, a path leads you to the family cemetery. For the rose garden, the writer speaks in her writings of a rosarium within the garden and confesses her gratitude to the roses for their long flowering period, sometimes until winter. Her favorite “is a modest rose, of a rosy white with burnet leaves… which has the finest tone and the most delicate perfume…”.
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Food self-sufficiency for the family, guests and servants
The vegetable garden, meanwhile, has now lost its scope: it no longer has the nourishing function it once had because of the isolation of the place. At the time of George Sand, it allowed food self-sufficiency for the family, guests and servants. This space was organized into squares, within which the crops were protected from the wind and the cold by the walls surrounding the property.
“This land of Nohant where I was brought up, where I spent my whole life…” – Story of my life. Between George Sand and her home, it is a love story made up of a succession of wrenchings and reunions. She receives her friends there, the faithful Berrichons, and the Parisians: Liszt, Balzac, Chopin, Delacroix, Flaubert… It is in this house dating from the 18th century that she writes most of her work: La Petite Fadette , The Devil’s Pond, The Handsome Gentlemen of Bois Doré, François le Champi.