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Château de Bagnolet

Château de Bagnolet

Since its acquisition in 1841 by Auguste and Irene Hennessy and over the centuries that followed, the Château de Bagnolet has been a testament to the family's destiny. Today it forms part of the Maison's heritage, and guests flock to enjoy the enchanting views over the picturesque surrounding countryside. Let's take a guided tour.

Where the story all started

On October 4th, 1840, when Irene d'Anthès-Hennessy wrote to her husband Auguste Hennessy during a trip London, a page of the family history was about to be turned. The appeal of Château de Bagnolet can be summarized in the words of her own letter: “Dear Auguste, I need to tell you about something that has happened. Mr Boulay told us that Bagnolet is to be sold… You have often spoken of how much you would like to become its owner. Was this because you believed in the impossible, or did you really want to purchase it? It is such a charming setting... You like it a lot, and perhaps at some time in the future you may bitterly regret not having bought it. In any case, I wanted to let you know, think about it and write back to me with your thoughts."

A Twilight Stroll

Built in 1810 by the Augier family in the pure style of Louisiana colonial houses, the future residence of the Hennessy family stands on a central square structure, flanked by two side wings. It is charming throughout, with its milky whiteness and the soft poetry of the vast landscape surrounding the estate, with gentle slopes that are softly lulled by the music emanating from the banks of the Charente.
Since its acquisition by the couple in 1840, Château de Bagnolet has formed part of the private landscape and the destiny of the Hennessy family. Gradually reinvented by its heirs, the sumptuous building has been adorned over the years with "extravagances" and oddities: from the winter garden built in 1876 to mark the baptism of Richard Hennessy, to the park redesigned by a landscape gardener in 1910 and the pergola erected in the middle of the 1930s as a souvenir of a trip to Italy. Bagnolet has been transformed into an Impressionist canvas and guarded the secrets of the whole line of family members. This remained the case until 1963, when Francis Hennessy, Auguste's great-grandson, signed the property over to Jas Hennessy & Co. To perpetuate its heritage, Bagnolet became the place where the Maison Hennessy would receive guests.
As well as its restaurant run by chef David Fransoret, the grounds and interiors of the Château are a visual delight for the general public during the "Rendez-vous des Jardins" and the "Journées du Patrimoine".