A Cedar on the Hill

22 September 2023 

A 19th Century Property on Neauphle-le-Chateau Hill

This 19th-century property perched on the hill of Neauphle-le-Chateau was acquired just before the COVID crisis by a couple seeking simplicity and beauty, far from the urban hustle and bustle of Paris and New York.

Differential Management as a Guiding Principle

Two hectares for a secondary property… decisions had to be made. A lawn encircled by large naturalistic flowerbeds, and that’s almost it. The 1-hectare woodland was restructured by a network of trails, some newly created, others restored. The old orchard was replanted and sown with a large meadow mowed into winding paths… a vegetable garden set up at the base of the fruit wall. Most of the maintenance and project focus on the meadows and the management of mowing and haymaking, allowing efforts to be concentrated on the flowerbeds near the building.

Respect for the Site

Here, it was essential not to overshadow the site with too strong a design. The aim was to blend in forcefully and gently… a curve here to complement the Cedar, another there to guide the gaze towards the hill… trees were felled to restore the view of the slope games that structure this hill garden. Extensive clearing and restructuring of wooded masses were undertaken to breathe new life into this park.


  • Area: 2ha
  • Location: Neauphle-le-Chateau
  • Design: HORUS Landscapes
  • Execution: STRUCTUREL, CCA Perrot

Landscape design studio for naturalistic gardens