Château de Nohant

Nohant-Vic, France

Château de Nohant, home of the famous French writer George Sand (1804-1876), was built in 1760 on the site of a 14th century castle. Now a museum, it was home for the election of the author, in an area she particularly loved. Nohant and its inhabitants was indeed a great source of inspiration.

Today you can visit in the beautiful park and discover building's living quarters including the tiny boudoir where Georges Sand wrote his first literary efforts.


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