Château de Prye

La Fermeté, Nièvre
Bed & Breakfast
+33 (0)3 86 58 42 64

‘Breakfast by a fireplace,’ enthuses one guest who also enjoyed, ‘solitary walks in walled grounds over iron bridges onto an island’


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome

The Experience

The Queen of Poland, Marie-Casimire, lived here at the tail end of the 17th century – in this château extraordinaire, this architectural curiosity. The rooms are vast, the marble stables are palatial and the corridors heave with antlers and stag heads from previous ancestors; the history is intriguing. The young Marquis and Marquise have joyfully taken up the challenge of running both château and estate (they breed Charolais cattle) and host their national and international guests with grace and ease. Each cavernous bedroom is furnished with antiques – a triple-mirrored wardrobe from the Thirties, a Breton carved bedstead, a vintage oil-fuelled heater; bathrooms are en suite. Take a peek at the château kitchen with its wonderful old range and copper saucepans… from here breakfast is dispatched to an oak-panelled dining room with sumptuous views of the park. This rambling, asymmetrical, turreted château, its woodlands, gentle river and age-old trees of exotic and distant origins are contained within seven kilometres of walls… relish the fairy tale.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Mid-October to mid-April.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner €35. Wine €8-€105.


Nightly price
from €135
3 Doubles
From €135
2 Suites for 4
From €135



Our first night en-route driving to Italy. Here and one other stay en-route more than ever typify Sawdays Special Places to Stay - amazing! Stunning chateau and grounds, incredibly helpful owner and staff, lovely room and fabulous evening meal and all at a very affordable price. This is a 'must do' location for a very special stay; highly recommended.

Mark, Tewkesbury

Excellent holiday with two most delightful host who made us feel like part of their family. Superb location for a wedding venue. Fantastic environment to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and just recharge your batteries. Nothing was too much to ask from Magdalena and Antonie-Emmanuel. Highly recommended and a place not too be missed.

Esther, Richmond

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Magdalena & Antoine-Emmanuel du Bourg de Bozas

  • Walk through the 150 hectares of private park or borrow the owners’ bikes to explore at a faster pace. Mess about in boats on the river – the owner has two flat-bottomed ones to lend you. Or fish to your heart’s content in his private river.
  • Garden lovers will love Apremont, one of the most beautiful gardens in France, with a white garden to rival Sissinghurst. Or cast an eye on where your host is planning to renovate a classic French formal vegetable garden within the walls of Prye.
  • Don’t miss a guided tour round Prye’s magnificent stables. Marble inlaid and tiled with decorative terracotta, horses have never had it so good.
  • Nearby Nevers, a city or art and history, is not to be missed. Visit the 14th C cathedral, the faienciers, the Roman churches, stroll along miles of towpath or hire canoes on the slow-moving Loire.
  • The world-famous Magny-Cours race-track is just 15kms away with exciting events such as the Historic Grand Prix and meetings of the Porsche Club.
  • Ideally linger a little longer in this magical location which is one of Alistair Sawday’s “Ten most gorgeous chateaux across France”. Check out the Pavillon ‘points of interest’ for memorable days’ circuits of some of France’s hidden historic gems.