In the heart of local vineyards, you can discover the Château de Menetou-Salon, one-time castle of Jacques Cœur, financial superintendent of Charles VII, and see how it has evolved over the centuries. Amply furnished and decorated with the utmost refinement, this magnificent abode displays a unique neo-Gothic style elaborated by the renowned architect Paul-Ernest Sanson. Your visit to the castle, today the private residence of the Prince and the Princess of Arenberg, will transport you into the Prussian universe of the Romantic era.

Property of the counts of Sancerre since the reign of Saint Louis, in 1448 the Menetou-Salon estate was sold to the financial superitendent of King Charles VII, Jacques Cœur. Shortly thereafter, however,  Jacques Cœur fell from grace and his possessions were confiscated.  After its having belonged successively to several different families, during the 18th century the château of Menetou-Salon was inherited by the Brancas Lauragais family, and in 1773 a daughter, Pauline, married  Louis Engelbert, Prince and Duke of Arenberg.

It was during the 19th century that Prince Auguste d’Arenberg, a key figure in the history of the château, decided to have it enlarged and embellished, to the extent that it became the symbol of his implantation in Cher.

With that in mind, he called upon the architect Paul Ernest Sanson, who carried out an audacious project drawing inspiration from the Jacques Cœur palace in Bourges, one of the most elegant remaining examples of late 15th-century civil architecture. The result is remarkable, and the Château de Menetou-Salon may fairly be deemed a neo-Gothic crown jewel.

Inside this magnificent residence, you will discover sumptuously furnished reception rooms, an automobile and horse-drawn vehicle museum and last but not least, a saddlery.

In the gift shop you will discover regional products, and perhaps exit with a souvenir of your visit.  In the tasting area, you will appreciate the estate wines originating in the Clos de la Dame, historic vineyard in the heart of the village. You will savor the subtle aromas of the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon that render the wine of Menetou-Salon one of the best in France.

Photo gallery of Château de Menetou-Salon

Visits

  • Average duration of the individual visit : 01h15
  • Group educational visits
  • Average duration of the group visit : 01h30

Activities

Opening time

From 08 to April 10, 2023
Monday10:30 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
TuesdayClosed
WenesdayClosed
ThursdayClosed
FridayClosed
Saturday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Sunday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Details on closing times : Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday
From 11 to April 30, 2023
MondayClosed
TuesdayClosed
WenesdayClosed
ThursdayClosed
FridayClosed
Saturday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Sunday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Details on closing times : Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday
From 01 to May 08, 2023
Monday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
TuesdayClosed
WenesdayClosed
ThursdayClosed
FridayClosed
Saturday10:30 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Details on closing times : Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday
From 18 to May 21, 2023
MondayClosed
TuesdayClosed
WenesdayClosed
Thursday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Friday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Saturday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Sunday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Details on closing times : Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday
From 27 to May 29, 2023
Monday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
TuesdayClosed
WenesdayClosed
ThursdayClosed
FridayClosed
Saturday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Sunday10 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Details on closing times : Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday
From June 01 to August 31, 2023
Monday10:30 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
TuesdayClosed
Wenesday10:30 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Thursday10:30 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Friday10:30 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Saturday10:30 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Details on closing times : Tuesday
From 02 to September 30, 2023
MondayClosed
TuesdayClosed
WenesdayClosed
ThursdayClosed
FridayClosed
Saturday10:30 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Sunday10:30 AM - 12 PM and 02 PM - 05 PM
Details on closing times : Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday

Prices

Full adult price : € 9.00

Discount rate : € 7.00

Group rate : € 8.00

Group rate : € 160.00

Free rate : € 0.00

Group rate

Further information

Labels

  • Vignobles et Découvertes
    Vignobles et Découvertes

Payment method

  • Credit Card
  • Postal or bank cheques
  • Holiday vouchers
  • Cash
  • Money transfer

Access

  • Bus station at 18 km

Services and equipments

  • Shop
  • Bar / refreshment bar
  • Parking