The Château de Ratilly, located near the village of Treigny in the rolling countryside of the Loire Valley, rises up like a lost magical fortress. The 12th-century castle's ancient walls have stood witness for centuries with stories to tell of battles won and lost. Magnificiently preserved, Château de Ratilly is now the home of inspiration and artistic creation. Take time to wander through its transformed workspace and you will discover some of France's greatest potters at work.
Jeanne Pierlot, a potter by trade who made her apprenticeship at St Amand-en-Puisaye at Eugene Lion, and her husband Norbert, an actor, took ownership of the Château de Ratilly in 1951. Seeing the great artistic potential of the space, they repurposed the château into a pottery workshop and artists' haven becoming one of the very first "Center of Private Contemporary Art". Every year, for more than fifty years, concerts, original shows and major visual arts exhibitions have served contemporary artists in the unique setting of the castle.
The Pierlot’s five children have continued their parent’s dedication to the Château and its new-found purpose.
A tour of the grand Château de Ratilly will give a unique insight into the creative process of artists at work. The atmosphere may seem somewhat understated for such a grand historic monument and yet that just adds to its charm and the buzz that can be felt of inspiration in action.
The French Hotel Barge Renaissance which cruises the waterways of the Upper Loire and Western Burgundy includes the Château de Ratilly in their standard, classic cruise itinerary.
- Route: Upper Loire and Western Burgundy between Montargis and Châtillon-sur-Loire
- Up to 8 guests
- Private charters and Cabin cruises
- Itineraries: Standard classic, Family, Golfing, Wine,
- Learn more: Online Brochure
View Renaissance's online brochure
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