Château de Prye (La Fermeté)


The Château de Prye is an impressive feudal residence dating back to the Middle Ages. It was once owned by a Polish queen in the 17th century. Situated within an extensive estate classified as a Historical Monument, the Château de Prye is encompassed by 7 km of protective walls. The current park, designed by E. André and H. Duchêne, boasts a history of 150 years. Notably, the stables of the château are adorned with unique marble paneling, making them one-of-a-kind in France.

The Stables of Château de Prye were constructed in 1887 for Antonin du Bourg de Bozas, a former equerry of Napoleon III and a renowned enthusiast of equestrian art. These stables stand as a testament to his passion and expertise.

He also played a significant role in the Franco-American club called the Reunion Road Club (RCC). As one of its founders, Antonin organized gatherings for gentleman riders driving 4-in-hand carriages, offering tours through the picturesque Bois de Boulogne. Antonin, a passionate racing enthusiast and member of the Jockey Club, was also an avid supporter of the equestrian arts. He actively contributed to the Société hippique nivernaise, participating in numerous competitions and races with his horses.

Once the stables restored, Antoine-Emmanuel du Bourg de Bozas and his wife Magdeleine (actual owners) aim to further develop tourism and cultural activities centered around equestrian pursuits, particularly driving 4-horse carriages. In addition to hosting horses and riders, they aspire to organize events on a larger scale to showcase their passion to a broader audience.

The main stables building is comprised of three wings interconnected by a central pavilion. The layout of the structure revolves around a spacious hall, designed to accommodate horse-drawn carriages. To the right are the working saddleries and a forge, while to the left, there is a substantial carriage storage area. The right wing houses a luxurious gallery adorned with nine marble-panelled stalls. The left wing is dedicated to the stalls for carriage horses, with a section converted around 1925 to accommodate a cowshed.

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The central pavillon.

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