The Château de Merville & its Labyrinth: wonderful!

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The Château de Mervil ...
Dating from the 18th century, the Château de Merville is a remarkable building to discover if you appreciate sumptuous castles. But its charming asset is above all its Labyrinth. It is also the largest boxwood labyrinth in Europe. Its two courses will delight young and old, perfect for a day out with the family.

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Two routes to stroll through the gardens

Enigma: become a genius too!

The favorite course for young and old is of course Enigma. It is a labyrinth with puzzles on the theme of great inventions. The name of the course alone sets the tone. Reflection will be the leitmotif of your interactive walk. Equipped with the booklet given at the reception, you will move forward and progress according to your personal knowledge, but also thanks to the many supports put in place.


Merville Castle  Merville Castle
Merville Castle  Merville Castle

Let's go!

The course is very fun and varied. There is no downtime. You will have to face water walls, a river or even gates. But do not panic! Everything has been thought of so that you can go out before dark! The various media available to you always contain the answer. It's up to you to work your brains to find it! Then just type the first letters of the desired word on the digital code and the new passages will open before your amazed and satisfied eyes.


Merville Castle
Merville Castle

An activity that is both cultural and entertaining

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What is the correct path?


When you have discovered the mystery word, you will come to the treasure. This will mark the end of your journey to the land of scientists and revolutionary inventions. As a reward for your efforts during all these stages, you will receive the diploma of the true scientist!


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Your efforts will eventually pay off!


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Greenery, discovery and serenity in the Dédale

For a quieter walk, don't hesitate to stroll through the alleys of the maze trail. Here, no puzzles, just transmission and sharing. You will meet the different members of the family, and discover the history of this unique place.


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Direction the Daedalus!


Download the Labyrinthe de Merville application and, thanks to the 9 terminals distributed here and there, you will learn about some anecdotes, or even old documents.


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Download the app to access the information!

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Discovering the castle

The history of the Château

It was during the 18th century that the Marquis de Chalvet-Rochemonteix had it built in the village of Merville, on his inherited land. He razed the foundations of the old village to carry out his project for an aristocratic country house. Work began in 1743 and lasted about fifteen years.


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The castle and its terrace overlooking the domain

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Plans of the old village of Merville

Classic architecture

As soon as you see the Château, you immediately distinguish its typical Toulouse style thanks to the use of pink brick. The shape of the building is quite simple and perfectly symmetrical. It is organized in a U with a Cour d'Honneur inside, and rises on two levels. Currently, the direct descendants of the Marquis reside in the two wings of the building.


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Welcome to the Cour d'Honneur


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The main building

The 18th century decorations have been preserved and allow you to travel in time to the time of the Marquis.

There are codes and standards of the time: French ceilings, Chinese living room with refined decoration. But also decorative elements from previous centuries, like the Flanders tapestries that adorn several rooms. These tell scenes from the Trojan War and are particularly well preserved.


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Chinese living room

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The incredible tapestries of Flanders

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The adjoining corridor leading to all the rooms on the ground floor

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Astronomy, one of the Marquis's passions

The exteriors of the Château de Merville

Surprisingly, the incredible boxwood garden (4ha) is located away from the castle. This was designed to give a great effect of perspective and thus extend the long corridor in a row of the chateau's lounges.  

The Marquis chose oak and boxwood to form his labyrinth. They are robust species that can last for several centuries.


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The boxwood paths of the labyrinth

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We hope you will have a good time with family or friends, in this exceptional place: between nature, history, heritage, culture and puzzles.

If you appreciate the castles, we invite you to visit that of Laréole. It too was built in the typical Toulouse architectural style, with local bricks, but its owner allowed himself a little touch of eccentricity!


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Report and photos by Charline Prod'Homme, La Plume Digitale,   for the Toulouse Pyrenees Guide


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