Situated between Burgundy and Champagne, the Tonnerrois is brimming with Renaissance-style châteaus: Ancy-le-Franc, Tanlay, Maulnes (Pentagon-shaped architecture, built around a central well and an impressive spiral staircase, this one-of-a-kind building in France is at the source of many legends.), Nuits-sur-Armançon and Béru. What are you waiting for? Come and explore them!
The Renaissance châteaus of the Tonnerrois
Follow this trail and stop off at 5 superb Renaissance châteaus, most of which were built onto ancient fortresses.
A lot of effort for nothing
The owner of the château of Ancy-le-Franc, Antoine de Clermont de Tonnerre, carried out some significant renovation work to make sure the King of Poland and future King of France, Henry III, received the welcome he deserved.
In an effort to please the king, Clermont decorated three rooms of the château, making sure to include the coat-of-arms of both France and Poland. He even got himself into significant debt to be able to complete these decorations.
Due to an unfortunate turn of events, Henri III changed his plans… and never came to visit Ancy-le-Franc! Poor Antoine would never know that later, his descendants would welcome Henri IV, Louis XIII and Louis XIV here.
Whether you are looking for a hotel, bed & breakfast, holiday gîte or campsite, come and browse our list of possible accommodation for your stay!