Castle from the air
A family castle handed down since 1467
Castle from the air
Immerse yourself in the history of gardens from the Renaissance to the present day!
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Les gîtes sont ouverts toute l'année !
Les chambres d'hôtes vous accueillent uniquement en saison.
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Réouverture le 1er avril 2022*

*Selon les préconisations sanitaires en vigueur à ce moment-là. L’équipe travaille activement à la nouvelle saison !

A Château, a park and gardens,
infinite sources of inspiration

Inhabited by the same family for centuries, the Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil will give you an unforgettable day.

A fortified castle

Ainay-le-Vieil, a 13th century fortified castle with its towers, moats, guardrooms, covered walkway... In the courtyard, two dwellings, one from the 13th century and a graceful residence dating from the end of the 15th century, which combines flamboyant Gothic and Renaissance styles. Bought by the Lords of Bigny in 1467, their descendants are still the owners of this private historical monument in which one can discover the memories and traces of illustrious people such as Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne, Colbert, Marie-Antoinette or Napoleon. So many testimonies of French History to be discovered during guided tours, through the superb and majestic rooms.

A park and gardens

In the landscaped park with century-old trees surrounding the castle, the gardens offer a beautiful contrast between the long perspectives on the water of the Renaissance canals and the enclosed gardens (Hortus conclusus) of the Carthusian monasteries. They guide us through a real walk in the art of gardens: the rose garden by two Renaissance Pavilions, the Carré en l'île with its palisade-cut hornbeams and the 5 chartreuses, each with its own themed garden: the mixed-border, the sculpted orchard, the meditation garden, the cloister of the simple and the parterres de broderies de buis.

Water as a link

This unique location is known for the omnipresence of water. Used for defense, as when surrounding the Château, it is for enjoyment when it flows around the gardens to form the Grand Carré de l’île, due to a sensible canal system and becomes useful when, through a series of weirs and spillways, it powers the mill and the wash-house.

Take advantage of the large spaces
for your receptions

Rentals, receptions, weddings, seminars, events, etc.
The Salle des Archers, a vaulted room dating from the 17th century, is situated on the left as you enter the courtyard, opposite the Renaissance Logis, which is illuminated at night.
According to the standards, it can accommodate 250 seated people for meetings, seminars, conferences, concerts, receptions, weddings, cocktail parties, etc.
It has a surface area of about 200 square metres, partly covered with a short carpet, partly with a wooden floor of 5m x 8m used as a dance floor.
Several options are proposed: reserve an extra space for a tent or stage in the courtyard of the castle or in the park, install lighting, a guided tour of the castle for guests only...
Several options are available: reserving extra space for a tent or stage in the castle courtyard or in the park, installing lighting, guided tours of the castle for guests only...
Archers' Hall
Archers' Hall
Archers' Hall
Castle lit up in the evening
Castle courtyard
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Julien Marinetti's exhibition banner at the Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil, the two pandas in front of the postern

A night at the castle

Whether you have always dreamed of living the life of a castle or simply spending a night in an exceptional setting, the guest rooms of Ainay-le-Vieil are for you!

Discover the castle from a new angle and enjoy an enchanted interlude...

Gîtes du château d'Ainay-le-Vieil, a dining room with a wooden table surrounded by straw chairs lit by two industrial lamps

Gîtes designed for families and friends

For those who wish to discover our beautiful region, for those who wish to meet up with friends or family, the Château has created three gîtes in the outbuildings. Furnished with taste and authenticity, they will be the ideal setting for wonderful memories...

Discover our gardens...

The Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions

View of the scenes in the Museum of Arts and Traditions at the Chateau d'Ainay-le-Vieil

A permanent exhibition reproducing the daily life of the village of Ainay-le-Vieil before the 1914 war.
To discover
the rural world, its customs, its daily life and the wealth of trades that existed at the time: a shop, a classroom, the workshop of a clog maker, a blacksmith, old beehives, or even the typical interior of a peasant family from the beginning of the 20th century.


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