Château de Bouges
This elegant abode, tucked away in the countryside, comes as something of a surprise. In 1759, Count 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; Mar and Nov: weekends 10am-noon, 2pm-5pm - closed 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec