In the heart of the Drôme, built on a rocky promontory, the Châteaux de Grignan overlooks the village. Combining Renaissance architecture with French classicism, this building has an eventful past.
Originally built as a fortified castle and mentioned in written sources as early as the 11th century, it was transformed into a prestigious family residence during the Renaissance by the Adhémar family. In the 17th century, the Marquise de Sévigné stayed there with her daughter, François Marguerite, who had married to become the Comtesse de Grignan. The Marquise’s letters to her daughter earned her a reputation as a renowned letter-writer and brought the Château to the public’s attention. Demolished during the Revolution and then rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th century by Marie Fontaine, it was acquired by the Drôme Department in 1979, as part of its ambitious heritage acquisition and restoration programme.
Classified as a historical monument in 1993 and given the label of Musée de France (Museum of France), the Château de Grignan provides a fascinating view of the French art de vivre in different periods of French history. Every summer, the Château organises the Fêtes Nocturnes drama festival, attended by some 40,000 people, and hosts a wide range of cultural events throughout the year.