Front Courtyard

The front courtyard has been an integral part of the Château des Ormes since the 17th century, although its dimensions underwent changes over the years. In the 17th century, the wall of the former vegetable garden was positioned to the right of the front courtyard and was expanded due to various modifications to the Pussort wing. Fosses surrounded the front courtyard from the mid-18th century until the 1820s, and the courtyard featured a variety of tree species arranged in different patterns.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, rows of elms were planted along the side walls, providing an unobstructed view of the castle. In the latter half of the 18th century, poplars replaced the elms, only to be succeeded by plane trees in the 1820s.

At the far end of the front courtyard, a second gate marks the separation from the main courtyard. This gate is preceded by a perpendicular path leading from the carriage entrance in the municipality of Les Ormes (on the left) to the park (on the right). The neo-Louis XV gate, dating from the 1900s, was crafted during the reconstruction of the central pavilion of the castle.