Château de Hautefort Renseignements
24390 Hautefort, Hautefort, France
www.chateau-hautefort.com - 05 53 50 51 23
Château de Hautefort Renseignements Reviews
Fairytale castle from the film 'Ever After' - well worth the admission price Aug 12, 2010
We came across signs for this beautiful chateau on our way back to our accommodation after a day out in Perigueux. Given that it was fairly late on we decided to visit another day, and we were so glad that we did.
The chateau is situated 40km east of Perigueux and is located on the top of a plateau overlooking the Auvezere Valley and Hautefort village.
Located on the site of a former roman camp, the fortress was transformed into that of the imposing chateau during the 17th Century. The magnificent gardens and English style park were created by the renowned landscape architect Comte de Choulot in the 19th century.
In 1929 the chateau was bought by Baron Henry de Bastard and restoration work was undertaken to restore and preserve this amazing piece of architecture. His wife the Baronne de Bastard saw the restoration work completed after his death and took up residence within the chateau in the early 1960's. However, tragedy struck in 1968 when much of the central block of the chateau was destroyed by fire. The Baronne restored the chateau back to its former glory again with assistance from her family, the state and the general public. She then donated the chateau to a foundation that she had created to ensure the chateau's preservation.
The ticket booth is situated a short walk from the small car park which overlooks Hautefort village. The admission price was 8.50 euros and you are given a small booklet and a map to help you navigate the chateau and surrounding grounds.
The actual building is huge, and it is set in magnificent grounds. Upon walking up to the entrance you can wander through a maze or alternatively walk up the gravel path to the imposing drawbridge - definitely a photo opportunity here.
Once over and through the drawbridge you enter a massive courtyard and from here you enter the chateau. Working you way through the various rooms which include: The Great Hall, The Dining Room, Guest Rooms, Tapestry room, Chapel you even enter some very cold and dark underground passages that lead to the huge Kitchen. All the rooms are immaculate, and some of the rooms even had fresh flowers in vases on display given the impression that it was still a home, unfortunately you are unable to take any pictures inside the chateau.
There is so much to see that you need at least a couple of hours to explore every nook and cranny. The highlight for me was climbing one of the turrets and seeing the workmanship that went into creating the dome. The views from the small windows overlooking the surrounding areas were great too.
Once back on ground level we explored the magnificent gardens, immaculately crafted and well kept. Further a field there is a wooded area that we walked through and the views of the chateau on the way back were awesome.
Would definitely recommend a visit to Hautefort Chateau, it is like something out of a fairytale. Oh and it was the chateau used in the film 'Ever After' with Drew Barrymore.
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