Château de Ratilly


The elegant 13th-century Château de Ratilly sits in verdant countryside near Treigny. Interior rooms display a collection of pottery by the Pierlot family and host a changing series of excellent contemporary art exhibitions and concerts. Don't miss the magnificent 17th-century dovecote, with its original ladders and more than 1000 nesting holes for birds.

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