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This former royal factory is like a small city nestled in the hollow of the Vosges' wooded hills. Developed around the chateau, the church and the water's edge, it traces the history of early industrial times. The past seems preserved in the buildings whose names reveal their former vocations - the chateau, the formen's house, the mechanic's house, the tin factory, and so on. They revive the memory of a bygone era that has now been saved from being forgotten. The silence here is almost surprising considering so much of the property evokes the laborious days that took place here. At the heart of a spa, the chateau now lends itself to holidays. Guests will experience a kind of time travel that also allows them to take advantage of the many attractions southern Lorraine has to offer.
The Manufacture Royale, located in the southern Vosges of Lorraine, is a unique industrial site that dates back to the 18th century. We are passionate about buildings from this time and are very taken with the beautiful nature of our region.
This preserved industrial site (featuring a chateau, a chapel, a mansion, workers' houses, a coal hall, a tinsmithery, storage buildings, land and forests) saw the birth of Julie Victoire Daubié, first baccalaureate in France. The property has also housed many famous figures such as Camillo Benso de Cavour (well before Days of Glory was filmed) who was born in Turin in 1810 - he entrusted the task of managing the neighbouring forests he had inherited to Baron Falatieu.
The Manufacture Royale was the kingdom's most important tinsmith in the 18th century. It was built on 18 June 1733 by Duke François III, son of Léopold, Duke of Lorraine, for the benefit of Georges Puton, Jean-François, Claude Coster (from Lorraine) and Jean-Baptiste Villiez. The founders and successive leaders kept the domain intact with workers' houses, tinners' houses, workshops, a charcoal hall, a managerial chateau and a chapel. Between 1733 and 1850, the majority of tinplate production in France came from the Manufacture de Bains, which housed up to five hundred people, all trades combined. The coal hall and the adjoining buildings such as the tin factory demonstrate the power of the Royal Factory, the flagship of the industrial heritage. A nail shop succeeded the tinsmith, then a shoe shop until the end of industrial activity in 1951.
Guests stay in the heart of a renowned thermal spa, in an authentic industrial village, between river and forest. We offer a tour of the estate because the three hundred years of history are important. Guests are accommodated in the rooms of famous figures - the Cavour Suite, where we host Italians, furnished from the time of the founder of Italian unity. The birthplace of Julie Victoire Daubié "Maisons des Illustres", has been transformed into a comfortable and studious gîte as this building saw the birth of the first baccalaureate in France. Guests can enjoy the wooded area, twenty hectares of land and the park with centuries-old trees - including a twisted beech listed by UNESCO. Guided tours, cultural events and exhibitions punctuate the seasons at the Manufacture Royale.
Ideally located in the south of the Vosges and at the gates of Haute-Saône, the Manufacture Royale invites guests to explore Remiremont, "the beauty of the Vosges", and many restaurants such as Poule, Coq and la Coupole in the city of the Canons. The Verrerie de La Rochère in Haute-Saône is a must-see - it is the oldest glassworks in France. The De Buyer factory in Val d'Ajol specialises in kitchen and pastry utensils and was founded in 1830. The iron critters of Artist Emmanuel Perrin, author of the Transhumance project, have been used to decorate the factory. Last but not least is the Vosges thermal valley with Bains-les-Bains (the most visited with 5200 spa guests) -, Plombières-les-Bains (hot water), Contrexéville and Vittel (cold water), all leading us to Domrémy-la- Maid, the birthplace of Joan of Arc.
The Manufacture Royale is an ideal location for filming. A complete village with large spaces, houses, a chateau and a chapel. The large storage halls are perfect for filming and shooting in peace. Teams can be accommodated on site depending on availability. The films Days of Glory (with Jamel Debbouze and Samy Naceri) and Maintenant (with Jean-Claude Dreyfus) were shot at the Manufacture.
In connection with “historic Lorraine”, historic vehicles stop over here. The owners are passionate about motor sports (cars and motorcycles).
«Transmission of knowledge with the Perrin brothers»! As part of the transmission of knowledge from the Rendez-vous aux jardins, the Manufacture Royale will discuss the specific nature of its tinplate which is still very popular in the industry today as bottle caps from around the world are made of tinplate. A tour of the Parc de la Manufacture allows you to discover the famous tortillard beech (tree of the year at Unesco) and other rare varieties of tree (ginkgo biloba, catalpa and tulip) that witnessed the estate's rich industrial past .
Guided tours are organised through the Bains-les-Bains tourist office. They take place from March to November on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at 2.30pm. François Cornevaux, the owner, keeps his audience in suspense for more than two hours. He talks about the history of this industrial estate, the trees and the park. He also shares the stories characters who made their mark here, including Julie Victoire Daubié, first baccalaureate in France, who was born at the Manufacture in 1824, Cavour, founder of the Italian Unit in 1839 and Jules Méline, founder of the Agricultural Merit and creator of the bank of the same name.