The Château de Missery (pronounced ‘Miss-ree’) in situated at the heart of Burgundy, in France.
The only foreign Historic Houses member, it is nonetheless a well-established English Home, in a classic 18th Century French Château: your home away from home, for the spell of a week or two!
Built in its present form between 1760 and 1762, the château is surrounded by four medieval towers (one a chapel, another a ping-ping tower!), broad moats and by extensive and well-maintained gardens, on the edge of a quiet village in hilly countryside, amidst Burgundy’s world famous vineyards, some 40 miles west of Beaune and Dijon.
It is ideal for house parties, family holidays, celebrations, weddings, and, as a base for discovering this beautiful and unspoiled region, renowned for its gastronomy, wines, culture and history.
Over the past 40 years the Hawkes family have made many friends, and gathered extensive knowledge about the region. They would be delighted to help you create a perfectly tailored itinerary for your holiday, whether to see the most beautiful châteaux, abbeys or towns; to meet and try the wares of local producers and ‘vignerons’; to cycle around this picturesque countryside; or, to find the best picnic spots.. and of course your way back to the château, for a delicious ‘apéritif’, of gougères and Kir Ducal after a fun day out, at the magical sunset hour, overlooking the Serein Valley.
“A votre santé!”
The Château de Missery is not open to the public for viewings but is available for exclusive rentals, weddings, and filming.
The Château de Missery is located a straightforward 15km off the A6 motorway, some 2.5 hours south of Paris, mid-way to Lyon.
For those travelling by public transport, Eurostar sells one-change tickets to Montbard, from where there are two or three coaches to Précy-sous-Thil or Saulieu a day, or to Dijon, from where one can rent a car.
We also know several taxi / chauffeur companies who would happily pick up / drop off from anywhere in Paris/Montbard/Beaune/Dijon, and drive you around during your stay. Please enquire, and we can put you in touch.
- Accessible toilets
- Accessible parking
The principle building was rebuilt using stone from the previous medieval structure, leaving only the four towers, and the beautiful landscaping that frames the château, intact. The owner who rebuilt the château, Jean-Baptiste Suremain de Flammeran (‘by my hand’), was a parliamentarian from Dijon, who mercifully avoided the guillotine during the French Revolution.
The current owners are estate agents, who have been selling châteaux across France and sumptuous apartments in Paris, for decades. Quintessentially English, the Châtelaine is a direct descendant of the former British Prime Minister, William Gladstone. She has an eccentric collection of wooden coat-hangers and funnily shaped green bottles, and is incredibly creative in the kitchen – read her blog to find out more. The owners are also keen gardeners, and the Châtelain an occasional drystone wall builder – with help from mindful guests!
Located in the heart of Burgundy, in one of France's most beautiful and historic regions, the Château de Missery is the perfect setting in which to celebrate true love.
The Château de Missery rates are for up to 100 guests, and include accommodation in the château, for the Bridal Party only. There is also potential for up to 25 people to camp in the orchard, and a list of local accommodation can be provided.
Drinks and Celebrations
The Perfect setting for your wedding
The Château at dusk
The Grand Piano
The Château is available for exclusive rentals, from May to October. It can sleep 14 comfortably, with scope to add a few more children, or adults willing to share.
It has 9 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, a large entrance hall with a grand piano and sweeping staircase, a grand dining room, a listed, panelled salon with French doors leading onto a rear terrace, a sun-filled breakfast room, which can also double up as small, intimate dining room, and two libraries. All rooms are light and spacious, cool and quiet, and dark at night, with the most fantastic views over the property and the fields and hills beyond. We often hear the refrain: “I haven’t slept that well in years!”.
At the centre of the walled kitchen garden, there is an 18th Century stone ‘Bassin’, of 11m in diameter and 1 metre in depth – perfect to splash about in, or create whirlpools in, on a hot summer’s day. There is a ping-pong tower, and croquet lawn, a rowing boat; inside fun and games include: cards, Scrabble, Monopoly, Twister, TV (with international channels) and an extensive DVD collection, to complement the time-consuming fine dining and wining that the region is loved for! For those who cannot tear themselves away from the rest of the world, there is WIFI throughout.. though we bet you’ll forget all about it by the end of your stay!
You will be well looked after too: two Château Hosts will show you to your rooms and around the property on arrival: they will be on hand during the week to assist with basic concierge needs, such as booking tables, taxis, translations, directions, etc. They will also lay out and clear up a full continental breakfast (think fresh croissants and baguettes, fruit, hams & cheeses…), undertake 2-3 hours of basic housekeeping, including freshening up bedrooms and bathrooms, daily; and turning down the beds in the evenings.
Our cheerful gardener will be present part of the time, and will deliver fruit and vegetables to the kitchen table for guests, or the chef, to prepare fabulously fresh, seasonal cuisine, depending on what’s-a-growing!
All the above is offered as part of a self-catering holiday, although to make the very best of your stay at the château and in Burgundy, of your time with friends and family, we thoroughly recommend the
Chef Packages, developed in collaboration with talented local chefs – some Michelin-star trained. Depending on which package you choose, your stay will include full or half board, an enhanced, bespoke breakfast, as well as healthy nibbles and indulgent home-made patisseries, waters, soft drinks and some house wines.
If you would like to enquire about availability or to ask any questions related to rentals, please get in touch: we would be delighted to hear from you.
The château is also available for a limited number of weddings a year, and for film or photography shoots throughout the year. Please get in touch, if of interest!
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