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Château de Sully
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Château de Sully

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Château de Sully

Château de Sully

Tucked away amid the beautiful countryside between Beaune and Autun, the Château de Sully is the largest stately home in Burgundy. And a home it still is, for although on a grand scale, the smell of beeswax, bowls of fresh flowers, books and family portraits bring a touch of reality to the scene.

Surrounded by the estate’s parkland, you enter the imposing inner courtyard, designed by Nicholas Rionnier. A corner of this enormous building is open to visitors and by wandering through from room to room, the dining room, little library, billiard room, ballroom and drawing room you can trace the history of the château and its owners.

It has been the home of the Mac Mahons, an Irish family since the 18thC. So how did an Irishman come to be the owner of a vast estate in the middle of Burgundy?

The Duchesse of Magenta takes up the story. ‘Towards the end of the 17th Century after the defeat of the catholic English king, James II, a great many Irish emigrated. This exodus was popularly known as the ‘Flight of the Wild Geese’. Quite a few landed up in the Bordeaux area and started the now famous vineyard estates such as Château Barton and Hennessy cognac. Many joined the armies of King Louis XIV, while others came to study in France.

Maurice de Mac Mahon joined first the Spanish King’s army, then that of Louis XIV. Michael the second brother remained in Ireland and became Bishop of Killaloe. The third brother, Jean Baptiste, went to medical school in Reims before coming to practise in Autun.


Address and Contact Details for Château de Sully

Château de Sully
Rue du Ch�teau
71360 Sully

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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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