In Indre, the heart of France, lies the home of the famous 19th century novelist George Sand. Her first independent novel, Indiana, was written in 1832, she went on to write thirty-seven more novels as well as various plays and other works. A brilliant writer, she is sometimes known more widely for her scandalous lifestyle.
Leaving her husband in 1831, she moved to Paris where she sported men’s clothing, smoked pipes and cigars and had various affairs with brilliant men, the most famous being Chopin. She and Chopin lived together for twelve years. He composed some of his most brilliant music in George Sand’s family chateau at Nohant.
Visit the 18th century family chateau and gardens at Nohant where George Sand entertained the likes of Delacroix, Flaubert, Litz, Turgenev and Balzac. Hear the echoes of Chopin’s music as you tour his intimate boudoir. Imagine George Sand bent over a manuscript as you see her writing nook and actual desk where she composed most of her famous works. Enjoy a delightful walk in the chateau’s garden—classified by the French Ministry of Culture as a Notable Garden of France—taking in the flowers, vegetable gardens and forested path that leads to her family plot where the great lady herself is buried.
Literary events, readings and concerts are organized all year round. Check the Nohant website for details and dates.
For a magical bed & breakfast in one of France’s most famous medieval castles eight minutes away from George Sand’s home in Nohant, please read the article Stay the night in the 650-year-old medieval Chateau de Sarzay.