Visit Ratilly Castle (or Château de Ratilly) at only 20 min

The impressive facade of Ratilly castle suddenly appears at the end of a dirt track, at the edge of the woods.
A true medieval fortress built on 11th century foundations, its construction was completed in the 13th century, then partly transformed during the Renaissance.

In 1951, Jeanne and Norbert Pierlot set up their pottery workshop and made Ratilly one of the very first private art centres in France, a place for artistic exchange and expression.

Today, the Pierlot family, supported by the Friends of Ratilly association, continues to organise courses, concerts, exhibitions and film screenings.
A wing of the castle is still dedicated to the production and sale of Ratilly stoneware.

chateau de Ratilly castle

History of the Ratilly castle

During the Hundred Years’ War, between 1357 and 1380, Ratilly was in the hands of Lord Guy de Vallery, who maintained a band of Breton adventurers who pillaged the region – the priory of Moutiers was burnt down, for example.

In 1485, Chevalier Jean de Chandiou was “lord of Treigny en Ratilly”. On his death in 1520, his daughter Anne married Jean de la Menue, of Bourbonnais origin.

In 1567, it was the beginning of the Wars of Religion; the Huguenots seized Ratilly and made it their stronghold in the Auxerrois. They committed “pillage, robbery, murder and plunder” in the region.

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The channel bridge (or aquaduct) of Briare, worthwhile a visit

Did you know that a hundred or so canal bridges have been built in France over the centuries?
The Briare canal isthe oldest canal in France, having been built under Henry IV.
And its famous bridge, the Briare Canal Bridge, is in 4th place in the TOP 5 of the French people’s favourite monuments!

Opened to navigation in 1642 between Briare and Montargis, this canal is punctuated with remarkable engineering structures. Its canal bridge, at Briare, is a jewel in the crown of French river heritage, built in particular by the Eiffel company between 1890 and 1896. Taking this great avenue of water lined with pilasters and lampposts obviously triggers a “wow” effect.

channel bridge Briare
channel bridge Briare

How to cross the Loire (fully clothed) at Briare

The reputation of the this canal-bridge comes from the technical, human and aesthetic prowess of the construction engineers. The mission of the canal-bridge was to span the Loire River to allow barges to link the Berry Canal and the Canal Latéral à la Loire directly with the Briare Canal, thus connecting the Saône and Seine basins.

The construction of the canal bridge considerably facilitated the transport of goods for boats which, until then, had to make a perilous crossing of the Loire via a kilometre-long dammed channel across the river, between the Mantelot (left bank) and Combles (right bank) locks.

aquaduct Briare
aquaduct Briare

The Briare canal bridge , one of the largest

The result is commensurate with the ambitions and the means employed: no less than 662 metres long, supported by 15 spans of 40 m long and 11.50 m wide, all suspended 11 m above the river and weighing 13,680 tonnes (30% heavier than the Eiffel Tower!). For a long time the “title” holder, the canal bridge is now one of the largest in the world.

A luminous idea, lit by electricity at the end of the century. Its 62 candelabras and its four lantern-carrying obelisks trace a luminous path in the night which is reflected in the water. Listed in the supplementary inventory of historic monuments, the Briare canal bridge is now mainly used for pleasure craft, but also for walking on the esplanades on either side of the canal, with a unique view of the Loire and Briare.

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Visit the museum Pierre Merlier close to the B&B

Pierre Merlier, born on 14 October 1931 in Toutry (Côte-d’Or) and died on 25 July 2017 in Auxerre (Yonne), was a French sculptor and painter.

He lived in the Yonne and created all his work between Auxerre and Escolives. He devoted himself mainly to figurative sculpture. His characters, in polychrome wood, are singular, out of the ordinary; they are sometimes caricatures of existing personalities. In parallel with his woodwork, he makes a few bronzes and is also interested in working with clay. In 2012, he gradually abandoned the tools of the sculptor to devote himself to painting in connection with his sculpted work.

museum Pierre Merlier

He presents his works in numerous individual or collective exhibitions and participates in various international shows. Some of his monumental works adorn major French cities, others are kept in museums or foundations throughout the world. His abundant work reflects a fantastic modernity.

The museum Pierre Merlier,is at just over a 40 min drive from our B&B

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Noyers, beautiful medieval town in the Serein valley in Burgundy

North of the Avallonnais, Noyers-sur-Serein has some nice surprises in store. From timber framed houses to sculpted columns, from wisteria to medieval arches… This charming little town is nestled in a meander of the Serein. Behind its tall gates, you will discover the picturesque little squares of one of the most beautiful villages in France.

From the 13th century, the castle of Noyers-sur-Serein was one of the most powerful bastions of the kingdom: the Noyers family defied the siege of Blanche de Castille.

300 steps towards the castle of Noyers
300 steps castle Noyers


In 1346, Marshal Mile de Noyers led the French cavalry to the Battle of Crécy. After the extermination of the famous family, Noyers-sur-Serein became a Huguenot place. The town flourished again under the Dukes of Luynes.

Throughout its turbulent history, Noyers-sur-Serein remains a wine town: many cellar entrances lead directly into the street! Did you know? On Ascension Day, the winegrowers go to the Tonnerre gate and decorate the statue of the Virgin and Child, their patron saint.


As the beautiful square of the Marché-au-blé (corn market) reminds us, Noyers-sur-Serein was also an agricultural town. Its name is derived from the word nux: nut. The whole town gives an impression of a farming town that is quite prosperous.

During your walks, a new surprise lurks behind every corner! Here, a sculpted face grins at you from a spire. There, a door ajar, letting out the pleasant murmur of a tavern….

And do you see the last remaining roofs of the washing places? These flat limestones, too heavy to be transported, have almost disappeared in favour of the roof tile, despite their long life span (more than 200 years).


Every autumn, the famous Burgundy truffle market is held under the arches of Noyers-sur-Serein. In the centre of the village, market vendors offer their pottery and regional products.

Stay on the culinary tour! A trip to the valley of the Serein leads you to the wine village Poilly-sur-Serein, in the middle of the Chablis wine region.

All these treasures within driving range from our B&B !

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Uitstekende plek om te overnachten, richting het zuiden. Gastvrije ontvangst met een drankje en een chipje. s' Avonds genoten van een heerlijk diner, s' morgens lekker ontbijt. Ruime kamer, grote badkamer, alles schoon en netjes. Heerlijk geslapen, wat een stilte. Kortom, een heerlijk overnachtingsadres. Nel en Watze
Nel Kampstra
Nel Kampstra
Zeer vriendelijk ontvangen bij deze Bed and Breakfast in de Bourgogne. We hebben goed geslapen en werden verwend met een heerlijke maaltijd en een prima ontbijt. Jack en Hieke
Hieke de Jong
Hieke de Jong
Prettige bed and breakfast, mooie startpunt voor uitstapjes in de omgeving. De bedden zijn heerlijk (lang!) het ontbijt is top en de eigenaren zijn zeer gastvrij.
Annemiek Marsman
Annemiek Marsman
Natuurlijk willen wij een recensie schrijven!! De kookkunsten van Joyce en gastvrijheid 5 sterren, wat een lieve rustige vrouw met mooie adviezen voor een wandeling of tochtje. De rijstijl van GJ 🤔😅 om ons te begeleiden naar een wijnproeverij zal ik niet in sterren uitdrukken. Wel fijn dat hij ons meenam naar 3 plekken, ondanks dat het een maandag in oktober was en er niet veel open was. Prachtige plek, mooie sterrenhemel, rust om je heen, dat was echt genieten. In huis is het wel gehorig, waardoor we ons soms bezwaard voelden 'op gewoon volume' te praten. Haardvuur is heerlijk om bij te zitten als het wat kouder wordt, brengt alleen wat extra kosten met zich mee, maar was heerlijk!
Ons verblijf was als een warm bad. Na de vriendelijke ontvangst door Joyce, GJ en Pluto (labradoedel) werden we via de voor gasten beschikbare salon (boeken, spelletjes, tv en gezellig zitje) naar onze comfortabele kamer geleid. ’s Avonds konden we mee-eten: heerlijk met wijn van de streek. Over wijn gesproken: we hebben gebruik gemaakt van het aanbod van GJ om ons onder zijn begeleiding te “verdiepen” in de Pouilly-Fumé. Het museum en de aansluitende proeverij waren een prachtige verdere kennismaking met de regio. We hebben het erg gezellig gevonden jullie te bezoeken; nogmaals dank en tot ziens.
Henk Luken
Henk Luken
We hebben hier een heerlijke midweek doorgebracht, in een prima accommodatie, met lekker eten en goed gezelschap. Leuk ook, met een wijnproeverij, en een fantastische pouilly fume. Zeer aan te bevelen!
Lex Kemper
Lex Kemper
Très bel endroit très calme et reposant, accueil sympathique, literie géante et de bonne qualité et pour couronner le tout un super petit déjeuner. Je recommande vivement.
Geoffroy Weibel (Masseur de Métal)
Geoffroy Weibel (Masseur de Métal)
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour. Nos hôtes nous ont attendu tard le soir et la cuisine de Joyce est exceptionnelle merci pour cet accueil
Waru Z
Waru Z
We hebben een bijzonder prettig verblijf gehad bij zeer sympathieke mensen. We waren aangenaam verrast door de ruimte die ons ter beschikking stond, het was ruim, fris en sfeervol. Ze hebben een zeer ruime aangename tuin. Prima ontbijt en een aantal keer van een goed drie gangen diner genoten. De gastvrijheid is ons zeer goed bevallen. Bedankt Joyce en GJ.
A vd Sanden
A vd Sanden
Rust, ruimte heerlijke bedden en bovenal genoten van een fantastische gastvrij verblijf door Joyce en GJ. ‘s Nachts echt stil en donker! Uniek voor ons als Nederlanders.
Eduard Pannebakker
Eduard Pannebakker

Wijn, biologische wijn, ook hier in de Bourgondië

 Wist u dat de consumptie van biologische wijn 1,3 miljoen hectoliter bedroeg in 2020?

Dit vertegenwoordigde 5,3% van de Franse wijnconsumptie. De omzet van biologische wijn (exclusief horeca) bedroeg € 1,1 miljard in 2020; een stijging van 13% ten opzichte van 2019.

Fransen consumeren voornamelijk biologische wijnen uit eigen land.

De Franse consumenten kopen hun biologische wijnen vaak rechtstreeks bij de producent in (45% van de marktwaarde in 2020).

De appellations (BOB) wijnen vertegenwoordigden 67% van de biologische wijnen die in 2020 in Frankrijk werden verkocht.

biologische wijn
proef biologische wijn

17% van de mensen die biologische producten consumeerden, dronk in 2020 minstens één keer per maand een dergelijke wijn. 

In Nederland zijn deze wijnen ook nog steeds nicheproducten maar hun afzet groeit daar ook. Het aanbod van biologische wijnen in supermarkten is steeds breder. In 2019 waren er dat gemiddeld twintig.

Zo’n 7% (87 biologische en 26 biodynamische wijnen) van het assortiment in het schap bij Gall & Gall is biologisch. Nederlandse consumenten zoeken naar het Europese biologische logo bij het kiezen van een wijn en bijna 9 op de 10 Nederlanders heeft wel eens een biologische wijn geproefd.

Bron Agence Bio Frankrijk

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Pouilly Fumé now also in small bottles, cheers!

Our house-vineyard Domaine Treuillet already provided us with their rose, red wine (coteaux du Giennois) and Pouilly Fumé

wine from domaine Treuillet
Wine from domaine Treuillet

Now they provided us with small bottles Pouilly Fumé so it’s even more possible to taste this great wine from the Loire area where you may find our bed and breakfast.

Pouilly Fumé small bottles
small bottles Pouilly Fumé

So if you are our guest or even drop by to say hallo, you can try this great wine. And if you would like to visit the vinyard yourself, that’s also possible. Let us know so we can setup a rendez-vous.

Hope to see you soon!

Sweets from Nievre, buy and take some back home!

With your basket under your arm, come and visit the markets of the Nièvre to meet local producers. Wines, cheeses, pastries, honey, Charolais meat, everything you need to prepare a delicious meal with fresh produce!
Are you looking for a sweet souvenir to bring back from your stay in the Nièvre? Whether they are made of chocolate, sugar or nougatine, the confectionery of the Nièvre will delight young and old! All you have to do is choose between the Négus, the Pavé de la Route Bleue or the nougatine of Nevers…

The Negus, a mythical sweet

Created in 1900, this candy owes its name to the prestigious visit of an emperor on an official visit to Nevers in 1902: the Emperor of Etiopia nicknamed “The Nega”. It was a real success and has remained so ever since.

sweets from Nievre

A history of tradition

The Negus is a soft chocolate caramel coated in cooked sugar. Why this name? The candy was created in 1902 by Maison Grelier following the official visit to Nevers of the sovereign of Ethiopia: the Nega.

Indeed, it was a tradition to create a new candy at the end of each year, named after an event or an important event that had taken place during the year. The visit of the sovereign was timely.

Our advice: let it melt in your mouth to discover all its flavours and to make the pleasure last!

“Charitois” and “Charitoise”, the delicacies of La Charité!

For those with a sweet tooth and for all locavores, you will find two tasty sweets in La Charité-sur-Loire to sink your teeth into! You will melt with happiness…

It was in 1921 that the most crunchy of sweets was born. A purely local product since it was named “Charitois”.

Its secret to make us all melt? A soft caramel made with Charentes butter, flavoured with chocolate or coffee, dipped in a bath of barely caramelised sugar.

In 1988, the family grew. The little sister of the Charitois was born. It was called “la charitoise”! This hazelnut praline, also dipped in a sugar bath, once again made everyone’s heart beat faster.

Discover Pouilly Fumé in a nice setting along the Loire

Visit La Tour du Pouillly Fumé, a wine tourism centre located in the heart of the village of Pouilly-sur-Loire, and discover an inventive and sensory scenography that will help you to better understand the wine, the work of the winegrowers and the Pouilly Fumé and Pouilly sur Loire appellations.

Listen to

Because behind the wine, there are the people who make it, we suggest you sit around the large table in the cellar and listen to the Pouilly winegrowers tell you the story of their more than thousand year old vineyard.


Discover the hillsides through the seasons and the landscapes in perpetual metamorphosis; then accompany the winegrowers in their work from Saint Vincent’s day to the harvest. Feel the freshness of the winter mists or the heat of the summer, watch a vine grow, smell the wet earth after a storm.


Discover the mystery of wine making, from the arrival of the grapes in the cellar to the bottling. The winemakers speak with passion and share some of their secrets with you…

pouilly fume
taste the Pouilly Fumé


In a beautiful vaulted cellar, discover the ten aromatic families of Pouilly white wines. In each retort, the aromas are only re-created from natural products. A magical moment!
The Cave aux Arômes is a creation of the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne.

Taste Pouilly Fumé

At the end of the visit, enjoy a commented tasting of four wines and put your new knowledge into practice. The selected wines allow you to clearly perceive the difference between Pouilly sur Loire and Pouilly Fumé and the influence of the terroirs on the aromatic and gustatory expression.
You can of course find the wines proposed for tasting in our shop! You might buy a bottle and drink it on the terrace in our garden ……………..

This tour is available at ca 30 min drive from our B&B, we can make the reservation and even drive you there, if you like .

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Visit Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire, nice city in Nievre France

At the crossroads of the Loire and the Nohain, Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire has occupied a privileged position since Gallo-Roman times: this bend in the right bank of the Loire was an ideal place to settle down and live peacefully without missing a thing. Near Pouilly-sur-Loire and its famous wine, the town of Cosne and its surroundings enjoy a remarkable built and natural heritage, the richness of which you can see in the Donziais.
Very dynamic, the city offers many shows throughout the year and sets up initiatives that allow everyone to get closer to culture in all its forms. One-off events, often in the summer season, such as “Boy, the Note!” offer various cultural events of high quality to an ever-growing audience.

Loire close to b&b Nievre

You can also take advantage of your stay to visit the Loire Museum, which is dedicated to this waterway, as well as to the Fine Arts. Speaking of the Loire, its banks offer many routes that you can explore on foot or by mountain bike for an unforgettable hiking experience.

The Loire also allows you to practice water sports for lovers of the genre or for those who want to discover this practice: canoe or kayak, it’s up to you to choose your boat to discover the city in a different way by sailing on the waves of the Loire, to reach Pouilly-sur-Loire or Saint-Satur. On the mainland, you can also go karting or play a game of bowling. Choose a strange means of transport to explore the city and its surroundings: the cyclorail. By travelling along the railway lines on board this machine, you will enjoy the landscape.

Its historical and architectural heritage will amaze you. At the essential points of your walk, don’t miss the churches of Saint-Agnan and Saint-Jacques, the Bishop’s Palace, the former Augustinian convent that houses the Loire Museum, the Forges de la Chaussade site, the enclosure of the old castle cleared of the dwellings that it hid and the chaplains’ house. The tourist office also offers you a city walk, come and get it!

Cosne is at about 1/2 hour driving distance from the B&B, you’re welcome!

Nevers, capital of Nievre, department in France


Nevers is a beautiful city in the department Nièvre and is located in the region Burgundy. Nevers The city is located on the river Loire and is known for its beautiful historical centre. There is a lot to see and do in this town!

History of Nevers

This beautiful city has a rich history that goes back to the heydays of the Roman Empire. When the soldiers of Julius Caesar conquered this area, there was already a settlement at this location. This settlement was known as Noviodunum Aeduorum. Throughout the centuries, many traces have been found from this period, from pots to Roman coins. In the fifth century, Nevers became a bishop’s seat. The city gained a lot of prestige and became known for its pottery industry. In the eleventh century, the construction of the Romanesque church of Saint-Étienne was started. The construction of this beautiful church lasted until the sixteenth century. The fact that the town was one of the most important towns in this region for centuries is shown by the remains of its fortifications. Throughout the centuries, this lovely place has largely kept its original character.

Nevers, capital of Nievre France

Nevers today

Today, a visit to this beautiful city is definitely worthwhile when you are on holiday in the department of Nièvre or elsewhere in the Burgundy region. In the historical city centre, you can stroll and enjoy the many beautiful historical buildings and streets. There are also many nice shops and restaurants. Your visit to this beautiful city is not complete without having seen the Palais ducal de Nevers. This palace of the dukes is known as one of the most beautiful buildings in this city. The cathedral and the beautiful church of Saint-Étienne are also worth a visit!


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