Everything you need to know to prepare your special visit

A day at the Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil

Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil Renaissance dwelling with old well and ginkgo biloba tree

The medieval and Renaissance castle

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

The park and gardens

A true walk through the art of gardens: the landscaped park, the rose garden, the Carré en l'île, the 5 chartreuses, each with its own themed garden.
Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil, pavillon de la grainetière seen from the rose garden in bloom

The season's events

Exhibitions, theme days, encounters, discoveries and plenty of surprises throughout the season to please young and old alike.
Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil, 2024 season, Véronique Wirth exhibition
Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil, 2024 season, Au bout du conte exhibition, Aline Kundig, Emmanuelle Michaux, Arielle de La Tour d'Auvergne
music festival poster: Rencontres musicales du Château d'Ainay-le-Viel 2024
Customized poster European Heritage Days at Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil 2024
Aviary at Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil covered with climbing roses in bloom, Château restaurant, Maria Rodriguez

La Volière, the château's restaurant

Chef Maria Rodriguez, a specialist in French and world cuisine, is in charge of culinary creations.

The Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions

This museum evokes the village of Ainay-le-Vieil on the eve of the 1914 war, as a tribute to a traditional France that has partly disappeared.
Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil, Musée d'Arts et traditions populaires: permanent exhibition on life in a Cher village around 1914. The clogmaker
Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil, vaulted escape game room, pennants, antique trunk, etc.

Escape games

To entertain young and old alike, there are several options: an escape-game "Un larcin capital", an interactive adventure "Mais qui a volé la couronne du roi?", an indoor and outdoor version "La recette oubliée du druide disparu".

The castle shop

Think of yourself and your loved ones by choosing souvenirs and gifts from an area dedicated to local know-how, as well as a selection of products created exclusively for the Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil.
Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil store, overall view of the beautiful wooden structure

A night (or more) in Ainay

Welcome to our exceptional chambres d'hôtes or our authentic gîtes in the heart of the Berrichonne countryside. A unique and unforgettable journey is about to begin.

Sleeps up to 12

Our guest rooms

Sleeps up to 40

Our gîtes

Organize an event in Ainay

Would you like to celebrate the happiest day of your life, organize a seminar, create an event, host a reception, etc. in an exceptional setting? Look no further than Château d'Ainay le Vieil!

Different spaces

Receptions, weddings, seminars...

Become a patron!

Whether you're a private individual or a company, your support is essential to the future of the Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil. Do something for history!


"Theatrical visit with 4 adults 6 children from 3 to 12 years great! I recommend it. Our guide was great, anecdotes, riddles, medieval choreography, castle attacks, everything was there. Thanks to him!

Laetitia C.

"Superb location, the gardens are beautiful and very quiet, we had a crush on the chartreuses and pavilions. The castle tour is very informative, especially if you want to learn more about fortified castles. The staff are friendly and welcoming. A visit to be recommended during a stay or a visit to the region."

Rendezvous in the vineyards

"A very good experience for a night after a wedding! Our room was very pretty, full of charm, clean and well equipped. The staff took great care of our family! Many thanks for their welcome!"

Pauline R.

"A very pretty château, not to be missed if you're in the area. Dynamic guided tour, or when the little story blends with the big one. A plus for families, children can dress up during the visit. 👍"

Max M.

"Visited several times already, I still love this château and the guides' explanations. The gardens are absolutely magnificent. Souvenir stores at affordable prices. Canned and bottled water for sale, handy when it's hot."

Audrey T.

Slider jardins d'Ainay-le-Vieil, perspective dans les chartreuses

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