Château de Bouges
This elegant abode, tucked away in the countryside, comes as something of a surprise after the forest of Levroux. In 1759, Count Charles Le Blanc de Marnaval began building the Italianate residence, which was subsequently owned by Talleyrand. Its impressive banquet hall and trompe l'oeil decoration, landscaped grounds (80ha/200 acres), immaculate formal garden, fine antiques and gracious architecture transport visitors back to the 18C.
Address:15 rue du Château, 36110 Bouges-le-Château
Phone:+33 2 54 35 88 26
Price:8 € (-18 years old free of charge) €
Jul-Aug: 10am-12.30pm, 2pm-6.45pm; Apr-Jun and Sep-Oct: daily except Tue 10am-noon, 2pm-6pm; rest of year: weekends 10am-noon, 2pm-5pm - closed 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec