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Lying to the west of the vineyards of Burgundy and bordered by the Loire, the department of Nièvre is a more rural area. Here, the château of Nyon can be found at the end of a long drive with fields and meadows on either side. This modestly-sized 18th château includes some outbuildings containing two lovely little gîtes and a folly in the garden – an unusual little cottage full of charm and mystery and packed with all kinds of objects. It’s a place to relax, have a glass of wine or curl up by the fire. Catherine Henry is in charge of this fine property, which contains three guest rooms and a family suite. All three of these stylish rooms, with period furnishings and hangings on the walls, look out over the park and the fields to the rear of the château. Breakfast is served in the large dining room decorated in pastel shades of blue and yellow, and next door is the welcoming drawing room which is also for use by guests. Places to visit include Nevers and its Ducal Palace, La Charité-sur-Loire and its medieval quarter, Vézelay Abbey and, further east, the wine-growing areas of Burgundy and Macon. The region of Berry is not far away, where the sites to visit include the gardens of Orsan Priory, Georges Sand’s house and Noirlac abbey.