Since 1669 and 1877...
La Peylouse exudes France’s history through its superb location on the banks of La Lys river.
Its location borders the regions of Artois and Flandres, further providing an abundance of natural beauty, heritage and never-ending history.
In 1669, La Peylouse became the military fort of Louis XIV (Vauban’s citadelle).
In 1877 it evolved into a beautifully furnished manor accompanied with an elegantly designed garden.
In 1914 it became the military quarter of the Scottish, Indian and Irish forces.
In 1915 La Peylouse became the official general head quarters for the british Indian Army Then the mansion housed one of France's most famous Parisian editors, Daniel Halevy.
In 1916-1917, the adress became the Douglas Haig 's military Academy.
In 1917-1918 it became the general head quarters for Portugal’s army during the First World War, and the last French experience for Siegfried Sassoon, captain of a Royal Welsh Shooters regime.
In April 1918, it became the southern headquarters during the fourth Ypres battle (Battle of the Lys).
In 1940 La Peylouse became once again a retreat for the Royal Welsh Shooters regime, a well known army at the time.
The garden “La Peylouse” is an exceptional area not only for its aesthetics but also its incredible history. Firstly with a stunningly peaceful atmosphere the garden sits on the banks of the river Lys, eternal boundary between the Flandres and Atrois regions. The garden is composed of gigantic trees that seem to defy their violent history. The area is seductively calm and elegant; age-old trees, lakeside flora and rare species of plantation creating an unusual composition.
Chez Louis XIV et Vauban !
Where are we ?
You are witnessing at the garden perimeter the ancient gunpowder strong hold of King Louis the 14th, bastion of Vauban and elected area of protection from foreign invaders. A majestic plantation of fluke bear witness to their history.
But don’t be fooled! You are also in… A romantic “Art Nouveau” park.
Designed in the euphoria of the "Belle Epoque" (1900)
At the end of the 19th century a new owner decides to modify the ancient stronghold into a peaceful territory, new plantations, new constructions, a perfect union between modernity and nature. The best French and Flemish artists give this new sensation a name: “Art Nouveau” promising perfect harmony between man and nature, its influence is brought here to chase away the violent spirits of ancient times.
The park adapts to these new principles that flourish throughout northern France and the major capitals of Europe.
The poem of calm, wealth and sensual pleasure is complete.
The official base for the general Head Quarters for the british army of India and then for the army of an independent & pacifist Portugal.
Its 1914 and the sound of canon fire can be heard throughout Europe. The property becomes the official head quarters for the indian expéditonnary force (100.000 men) and for the portuguese army in France (55.000 men). It has been too the Military Academy managed by the general Douglas Haig . In fact , the mansion has alwayx been a very quiet adress such as a peaceful embassy !
The Portuguese seem lost in this incomprehensible war: they will bravely defend their position during the fourth Ypres: battle of the Lys (1918) and win definitively their reputation as a European authority.
Today : an area of peace and harmony. The arsenal of both wars will destroy the surrounding town of St Venant. The manor, its park and garden will bizarrely survive unscarred from this horrific past as if spiritually protected.
With its succulent charm, “La Peylouse” witness and protector of ancient history, seduced the current occupants. The area has been perfectly restored to preserve its original atmosphere, which expresses the authenticity of a rare carefree period.
“La Peylouse” is a surprising experience for those who wish to live and discover the authentic elegance of a garden full of historic emotions. Tales as trees are different and unique. Take aside one of two hours to uncover the secrets of “La Peylouse”.