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Romantic Château Chambres d'Hôtes Bed and Breakfast in Burgundy
Gimouille, 7 km from Nevers, 12 km from Magny-Cours
3 double rooms with private bathrooms. Awarded 4 epis for comfort and charm.
Le Château du Marais
The 16th century château is a perfect blend of romance and elegance, which has inspired many writers and filmmakers. Listed as an historical monument, the round towers and steep roofs covered with sepia tiles that reflect in the moat, and the park and gardens is uniquely Burgundian. It is also very much a family home and we look forward to welcoming you.
Le Marais stands at the confluence of the Loire and Allier rivers, 7 km from Nevers and 12 km from the Formula 1 racing circuit at Magny-Cours. The vineyards of Pouilly-sur-Loire and Sancerre are a 40 minute drive from here. Dijon is 90 minutes, Paris just over 2 hours.
A drive, which replaced the original drawbridge built in 1470, crosses the moat to the entrance. The north side has two round towers separated by part of the main house, where there is a sitting room and a breakfast room reserved for our guests.
Wisteria rambles across the walls of the interior courtyard and breakfast is often served there on fine days. In one corner, a staircase leads up to the guest rooms on different floors of the donjon. The ground floor of the tower has a chapel opening onto the courtyard.
The three double rooms are individually furnished and decorated in an 18th century style. Each has a private bathroom and a hairdryer is provided.
La chambre du Roy on the first floor is a double bedroom with a Louis XV fireplace and hexagonal terracotta tiled floors with beautiful rugs.
La chambre de l'Alcôve, is on the second floor and has a double and a single bed. There is an 18th century fireplace and the floors are tiled and scattered with rugs.
La chambre de la Poterne, also on the second floor, has a vaulted ceiling and a canopied double bed.
The grounds are there to enjoy and we can recommend several restaurants locally.
Nevers lies beside the upper reaches of the River Loire and has been famous since the 16th century for its colourful pottery. The art has been handed down from generation to generation and the families still make plates, tureens and bowls using their own original imaginative designs, which you can buy from shops in the pottery district of the town. Many of the pieces feature a blue wavy background inspired by the river, though 17th century Italian and Chinese influences were often whimsically borrowed.
The town also has good shops and restaurants and for those with a sweet tooth, lots of hand made chocolate and sweet shops.
Downstream from Nevers is Charité-sur-Loire, a delightful town that looks much as it did in medieval times. Pouilly sur Loire, famous for its dry white wine, is further along from Charité. The small vineyards slope down to the water's edge and you can try several different wines in the village, best sampled with lunch. On the other side of the river is Sancerre and although equally famous for its white wines, the reds are worth trying too.
Beside the Canal Latéral is Apremont-sur-Allier, the finest château in the region, which is open to the public. The medieval village clusters on the banks of the river and at its heart stands the great fortress. The grounds are partly wild and wooded and partly in the classical 18th century English style.
Prices and booking information
Prices are per room for 1 and 2 plus nights, breakfast included
Open from 1st April until 1st November
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