The castle of Ainay-le-Vieil opens its doors!

Following the confinement linked to the Covid-19 crisis, and after several months of restoration and development work, the Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil will finally open its doors on 29 May 2020 for a special season.

The owners, Arielle and Hervé Borne, have made it a point of honour to respect the health protocol put in place by the authorities in order to ensure the safety of their visitors and staff.

Also, as a tribute to the extraordinary work of the medical profession, admission to the castle will be free throughout the season for the nursing staff, who will have earned a getaway to a haven of peace.

Today they unveil the news of this 2020 season to discover while visiting the park and the Renaissance water gardens.


Escape game at the castle of Ainay-le-Vieil

An Escape Game

An Escape Game has been set up in the grounds of the feudal dwelling. A journey back in time to the Hundred Years' War. The participants, in groups of a maximum of eight people, become squires for a day in danger of death because of water poisoned by assailants, and must solve a series of riddles in the cellars of the castle in order to find the antidote to save the day...

More information and reservation



A Museum

In the heart of a 17th century farmhouse, the castle unveils its "Arts and Popular Traditions" museum, which houses a private collection of objects and furniture from the daily life of a Berry village in a remarkable setting.

Self-guided or guided tour on request. Free admission.







A shop

Overlooking an enclosed garden, ideal for taking a break, the château's boutique offers souvenirs for young and old, delicatessen items, an antique shop and a selection of decorative objects and tableware. The owners have made a point of honouring local craftsmanship on the one hand, and exclusive collaborations on the other.

Notably with Maison Thevenon, fabric publisher, Le Creuset and its kitchen and cooking utensils, Opinel knives, Casa Lopez for its tableware, Rigaud candles, the first French scented candles created in 1960 or DS Ceramiques created by Delphine de Senneville.






A Guest House


Housed in one of the towers of the 13th century ramparts, a first guest room will be available. The room is a duplex and respects the original architecture of the monument, with a stone ceiling plastered with lime in the shape of a dome, and floors made of tommettes and dressed stone.

Its exceptional view of both the moat and the inner courtyard is complemented by modern facilities, refined decoration and antique furniture.

Discover the ramparts room.





A Gîte


In order to expand its range of accommodation, the Château offers its first gîte in an elegant house located in the park with its own private garden and with a breathtaking view of the château.

Discover the gîte.






The new garden plan

Download the plan in pdf format.