A little history
In 1850, a local notable, Dr. MORIN, invests a very poor land of moors, where there is simply a mill and a large miller's house. The site is located on a small hill at the top of which a vein of white quartz outcrops. The place is naturally called the White Rocks.
Dr. Morin decides to make it a place of approval and undertakes considerable work to build a mansion and its outbuildings. It is probably based on the skills of Italian builders who worked in the region of Clisson near Nantes. The traces of their passage are clearly visible especially with the arches of the barn and the surrounding openings of the house made of bricks.
All around, he draws a landscape that is inspired by the influence of English parks with open spaces on perspectives lined with more intimate woodlands. He brings in exotic tree species: Atlas cedars, Tulip trees, Robinia.He finally dig the pond called "Mare aux Loups" which becomes a popular walking destination.
This site has gone through more than 170 years of history and has passed down from generation to generation, progressively moving from the project of a man in the middle of the 19th century to a living and rich place where heritage, environment and responsible agricultural production come together. , forestry and tourism.
The White Rocks Park
The Parc des Roches Blanches was designed in 1850.
It covers nearly 60 hectares and was declared a National Heritage Site in 2013.
In the center of the park are the elements built with the main house, its outbuildings, the garden and the farm.
|the main house|
|All around is a hilly landscape of woods and meadows and ponds.|
|Pond of the pond with wolves|
|The whole is an open space, fully accessible irrigated by a network of paths. The atmospheres are varied and everyone can find the place where he can feel good: Fall asleep under an oak tree, walk in the woods, fish on the edge of the pond, go out on a bike, have dinner with friends on the terrace. ..|
The White Rocks Today and tomorrow
This site has gone through more than 170 years of history and presents itself with rare qualities.All the main features of Dr. MORIN's project are always present, visible and alive. Only a few buildings have found more current functions.
>> Stables and attics have become housing (the farmer's house that runs the site and the cottage in the garden).
>> In the woods, a house attracts attention. it is a former hunting lodge and more recently an old dependence of a tennis court today invaded by the forest. We welcome you today to stay at Roches Blanches under the name of Pavillon des Bois.
>> The miller's house is still there and with more than 250 m² habitable we have renovated it to become the Gîte du Fenil and Gîte des Glycines.
>> The trees, which are now well over 100 years old, have seen the emergence of this place and bear witness to the passage of time. They structure the landscape and attract visitors to their feet.
Les Roches Blanches is also a place of today .Generations follow each other and take turns to face the challenges of preserving and developing these places of history. Isabelle and Jacques Moreau have been living in the area for 40 years and provide the delicate mission to bring the Roches Blanches to the 21st century. From a bourgeois holiday resort, it becomes a complex field of expression of the balances of our time. We must meet the challenge of proposing economic activity for the preservation of heritage and the environment.
Rentals Gîtes participate in this mission and also allow Roches Blanches to be an open, sharing and exchange. The Parc des Roches Blanches, the activities that take place there (agriculture and forestry) and its inhabitants (permanent and temporary) constitute a living organism.
In 2013, Les Roches Blanches were distinguished. It is today a "classified site".
Staying at the Roches Blanches, you participate in a beautiful project that we are very proud and very happy to wear.