Fodor's Expert Review La Bussière

Sancerre Castle/Palace

The immense charm of this chateau lies in its unusually harmonious layering of the centuries, from the 12th-century fortress to the elegant Renaissance chateau with later 19th-century embellishments, all dramatically reflected in a Gallo-Roman-era reservoir that surrounds the turreted castle. Visitors can explore the Renaissance chateau’s lovely interiors (the owners live in the medieval building), as well as visit the small exhibition on history and fishing (yes, fishing). Then you can take a rowboat out on the pond and, if so inclined, borrow a fishing rod to enjoy it yourself (catch and release only). The award-winning gardens (spectacular in late May and early June when the roses, iris, and poppies are in bloom) are well worth an hour or more of your time, and you're encouraged to enjoy refreshments in the vine-clad outdoor café or play a fun solve-the-mystery game for kids.


Quick Facts

35 rue du Château, Sancerre
Centre-Val de Loire  45230, France


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: €9.50, Closed Tues. in Aug.–June

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