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The Ancient Magic of Château Drée in Burgundy

The Roannais is conveniently situated between several different regions of France – Auvergne, Allier, Saône et Loire, Burgundy, and with very easy access to many others.

Just a pleasant countryside drive up the road for 30/40 minutes you are well into Burgundy (Bourgogne). As in all regions of France there are some amazing historical sites to visit, including many remarkable chateaux. One of these we have recently discovered on a weekend outing is Chateau Drée, just 5 minutes from La Clayette.

It is a wonderful place!

Often described, regionally, as a ‘Petite Versailles’ (a small version of the famous one near Paris)

Dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, the gardens and furnishings are living examples of life during the period.

Visit the Rocaille and Louis XVI drawing rooms as well as other state apartments, shown off to advantage by a collection of 18th century furniture and objects d’art. Discover the mundane side of 18th century life by visiting the kitchen, butchery, ice-house, stables, dovecote, and even a prison.

Take a walk in the extensive and fabulous gardens – it is a pure delight!