The house of Les Lilas


The garden of Les Lilas is at the front of the tall house of Hennequeville from where Marcel Proust would telegraph Paris. The little garden spreads down until one has a view of an apple orchard and further, of the the English Channel.

The two friends, Yves Coueslant and Desmond Knox-Leet, put their heart into this garden planting flowers, bushes and trees from all over the world to have blossoming in all seasons. It was a private paradise yet quite simple. The abundance of various plant species bloomed in harmony with antique statues, ponds and a little wooden house. Below a little pond, living side by side are moorhens and Assouan, a little beaver – but beware of the fox!