In the heart of Burgundy, once the theater of many battles and power struggles, the castles have endured numerous assaults and reconstructions. From the banks of the Yonne, bordered by the Nivernais Canal, Mailly first appears as a fortress, perched on the edge of a cliff: serious and mighty, the 13th century emerges from the depths of time. But behind the walls, the scenery changes: the 19th century brought light and modern comfort to all spaces without erasing the history of the place. The 21st century has further perfected the ensemble with a touch of modernity that adds to the feeling of completeness one cannot escape from. The Mailly Castle has surrendered its arms and is now open to everyone. Only one thing remains impregnable: the breathtaking view it offers over the valley and the meanders of the Yonne.

A little bit of history:

The Mailly Castle has endured six centuries of war. Its geographical location, perched on a cliff at the front and protected by a ravine at the back, made it a strong and easily defendable fortress, particularly challenging to attack. Nevertheless, it was destroyed once during the Hundred Years’ War and again during the French Revolution. In the 13th century, Countess Mahaut de Courtenay, daughter of a cousin of King Philippe Auguste, successfully repelled repeated attempts by neighboring counts to conquer her territory. In the mid-15th century, Captain Fort-Epice and his army of mercenaries repelled the British to take control of Mailly-le-Château.

The last occupant of the castle, Denis-François Angran d’Alleray, fell victim to the Reign of Terror and was guillotined in 1794 for sending money to his children who were living abroad at the time. The current main house was built by the Heurtebise family in 1848, who purchased the ruins of Mailly Castle at an auction after the Revolution. The property remained in this family until we acquired it in 2002.

Prices: 13500 € – 14500 € per week