Open all year round
The Château de la Mogère is one of these exceptional residences in the area, particularly for its monumental expression. Built at the beginning of the 18th century, it bears witness to the enrichment of a new aristocracy in Montpellier. The notables invested in the rural countryside to build "houses in the foliage", mainly summer dwellings with sumptuous gardens and tree-lined spaces.
In 1706, Fulcran Limozin, secretary to the king and controller of the Chancellery of Montpellier, bought the agricultural estate of La Mogère to settle there. Designed by the Montpellier architect Jean Giral, the current château was built in 1715. After having belonged to a famous family of the city, the Boussairolles, the Château de la Mogère became the property of the Saportas. And it is now the Viscount Gaston de Saporta, a descendant of the 9th generation of the family, who opens its doors.
Bright, elegant and harmonious, the facade is built mainly with local stone from old quarries nearby. Inside, the period furniture takes you back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The living rooms feature original furniture from the various families who have lived here over the years. In each room, paintings, statues, moulded and sculpted wall decorations recall the theme of the four seasons. The decoration of the Château de la Mogère also includes a collection of family portraits and other Languedoc notables. The quality of the décor has attracted not only visitors, but also film-makers, since it was here that the film "The Return of Casanova" was shot with Alain Delon and Fabrice Lucchini.
Between the French and English gardens, the green and structured park of the Château de la Mogère reveals the presence of fountains, statues and ponds. It opens onto a sensory walk where Mediterranean trees rub shoulders with roses, laurels and other plant species. At the end of the path, a magnificent water buffet bears witness to the Italian influence in the design of the gardens of the period. Equipped with a basin, this large fountain in the rocaille style has been a listed historic monument since 1945.
The Viscount de Saporta will be pleased to welcome you for a guided tour. The estate is open from 01/06 to 30/09 every day from 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm and from 01/10 to 31/05, weekends and public holidays in the afternoon. From the hotel, you can reach the Château de la Mogère in about 10 minutes by car or with tramway line 1 from the Gare Saint-Roch stop to Odysseum.
Discover Montpellier through :
. its events : Radio France Festival, Christmas Market, Marathon, Lez Market
. its landmarks: Arc de Triomphe, Château de Mogère, Place de la Comédie, the Forum, Quartier de l'Ecusson, l'étang de Thau, La Camargue
. its art and culture: Mo.Co Panacée, Musée Fabre, Opera, Pavillon Populaire