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Château d'Ancy-le-Franc
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Château d'Ancy-le-Franc

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Château d'Ancy-le-Franc

Château d'Ancy-le-Franc

Rich and mellow like a good Burgundy wine, the interior of the château at Ancy-le-Franc envelopes you in history. The lofty carved ceilings, the Italian tiled floors, frescos and friezes, there is decorative detail to absorb at every turn. The Marquise de Sévigné wrote in her letters that it is a French building ‘in Italian dress’.

From the outside there is perfect symmetry. The central courtyard, which has recently been beautifully restored, is formed by the four wings with a tower at each corner. Designed by Sebastiano Serlio in 1542 for the Duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, there are Italian influences throughout in the materials used, the murals and ceilings. No expense was spared, down to the burr maple insets in the parquet flooring.

The château contains one of the finest collections in France of mural paintings from the 16th and 17th Centuries. Painters from Burgundy, Flanders and the School of Fontainbleau, such as Il Primaticcio and Niccolo dell’Abate have realized their masterpieces here.

There is a fine private chapel, ornate galleries and bed chambers. The Flower Room is particularly special, with panels illustrating 30 different flower species; inspiration one feels for many interior designers that followed.

Continuing on with the restoration work, the Pharsale Gallery was reopened in June 2005. This is a 32m long ochre monochrome mural of the battle of Pharsale, a fairly gory affair by all accounts. The latest addition in 2014 is the apartment Diane, nine rooms, exquisitely renovated.

The château stands in a beautiful park with an 18th century folly on a romantic island in the middle of a pond.

Address and Contact Details for Château d'Ancy-le-Franc

Château d'Ancy-le-Franc
18 Place Clermont-Tonnerre
89160 Ancy-le-Franc

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Burgundy & Franche-Comté

Burgundy considers itself the heart of France, a prosperous region with world-renowned wine, earthy but excellent cuisine and magnificent architecture. Franche-Comté to the east combines gentle farmland with lofty Alpine forests.  Add the plethora of world-class wineries to some of France’s most gorgeous countryside and you have the recipe for a perfect tour of Burgundy.

Bungundy’s vignerons (winegrowers) only have small vineyards, rarely more than 10 hectares, and they produce small quantities of very good wine. Burgundy reds are made with pinot noir grapes and the best vintages demand 10 to 20 years to age; whites are made with chardonnay. The region’s most famous wine route, the Route des Grands Crus, and its often narrow variants wend their way between stone-built villages and steeple-topped churches or the turrets of a chateau peeping above the trees.

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