In addition to staple castles such as Chambord, Cheverny or even the Castle of la Ferté Saint-Aubin, discover many Sologne mansions or private castles during your stay. Enjoy an unusual visit by taking one of the area's many hiking trails and take the time to contemplate its wildlife and the magnificent castles hidden in our forests, visible only through our communal paths. Do not hesitate to stroll in the typical Sologne villages, all located within our territory, where you will enjoy museums, curiosities, and beautiful buildings.
The Portes de Sologne offers unknown castles or private mansions. They are not all open to the public, but are nevertheless worth the detour, just for the pleasure of the eye! Thus, the Castle of Bon Hôtel, the Castle of Lude or the Tuilerie de la Bretèche will no longer have secrets for you. Therefore, if you are staying in Sologne think about walking around the area, riding a bike or a horse, and see real hidden treasures.
Nicknamed “Le Petit Chambord”, the Castle of Bon Hôtel is a miniature replica of the mythical Castle of Chambord. A real gem, located at the Portes de Sologne, in Ligny-le-Ribault,
just a few kilometers from Orléans. Dating back to the 19th century, this building was built in 1882 by Parisian architects for an aristocratic Orléans family. It was used for hunting with hounds or for social gatherings. Its style is directly inspired by the Renaissance times. The Castle of Bon Hotel was listed as a historical monument in 1991.
See it from the outside, on the Saint-Laurent path, not far from the departmental road 19 in Ligny-le-Ribault.Practical information
Located in Jouy-le-Potier, a charming Sologne village, the Castle of Lude was built between the 15th and 16th centuries (medieval type construction). Moats, drawbridge, postern, inner courtyard, It will take you back into the Renaissance times. Also discover a beautiful English park and a small, enclosed garden. Accessible through our beautiful Sologne hiking trails, be amazed by this private mansion, a true hidden treasure at the Portes Sologne.
Free group visits of the gardens upon request
Average duration: 30 minutes
Free outside visits for single visitors at all timesPractical information
Don’t miss out on the Tuilerie de la Bretèche! It is the last brick factory still in operation in Sologne. This 19th century craft business was awarded the "living heritage company” label in 2007 and is classified as a historical monument. True building of character and a living memory of Sologne’s bricks and tiles manufacture. These bricks can be seen in unmissable places such as the Palace of Versailles, the Invalides, the Loire castles or beautiful Sologne houses.
Tours are available throughout the year, by reservation, only for groups from 5 people and up. Reservation or information at: +33 2 38 45 43 88Practical information