La Dordogne et ses nombreux magnifiques châteaux à visiter

Castles



The legend of the 1001 castles ...: "The good Lord wanted to scatter castles throughout the kingdom of France. So he set off with a heavy bisac and, like wheat, he threw handfuls of castles here and there. He had travelled through many provinces when, passing through the Périgord, he gave a good helping hand to pull up his enormous pouch. But he noticed that it was exhausted: letting out towers, curtains and pepper shakers. So, before going to renew his supply of crenellations and machicolations, he shook the bottom of his bissac on the stony slopes of the Dordogne, the Vézère, the Dronne and the Auvezère. And so much so that no country was richer in castles, manor houses and manor houses".



Fenelon



Overlooking the Dordogne valley, Fénelon'e is located on a hill, one kilometre east of the village of Sainte-Mondane, in a site that has been listed since 1951 on more than 14 hectares. It is a private property, open to visitors. Listed as a historical monument in 1927, it was classified in 1962. It is 6km from the Domaine. It was used as a setting, with the castle of Beynac, for the film "the last duel" by Ridley Scott, which will be released in 2021!

Les Milandes



The Château des Milandes, protected as a historic monument, was built in 1489 and was the residence of the Lords of Caumont at the time. The French Revolution led to the abandonment of the castle, which was sold in the 19th century. The castle was the residence of the singer and magazine leader Joséphine Baker, who rented it from 1937 and bought it 10 years later with her husband Jo Bouillon. She developed an avant-garde tourist complex there, called "Village du Monde", and lived there with her 12 adopted children.

Beynac



This castle is one of the best preserved and one of the most renowned in the region. It was classified as a historical monument on 11 February 1944. This austere-looking medieval construction, perched on top of a limestone plateau, dominates the village on the right bank of the Dordogne. The severe keep, with its battlements, dates from the 13th century. Protected on the side of the plateau by a double enclosure, the castle overlooks the Dordogne by 150 m. The fortified castle was built in the 12th century by the Barons de Beynac to lock up the valley. 



Castelnaud



Castelnaud castle is a medieval fortress located in the commune of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle. In 1980, it was classified as a historical monument. Situated at the confluence of the Dordogne valley and the Céou valley which it overlooks, Castelnaud castle faces the fortress of Beynac, its eternal medieval rival, the gardens of Marqueyssac and the village of La Roque-Gageac. It is an exceptional example of private feudal fortification.

Hautefort



The castle is situated on a rocky spur overlooking the commune and the village of Hautefort. Created over a period from the end of the 16th to the end of the 17th century on the foundations of an old fortified castle, its architecture is clearly reminiscent of the Loire castles. It is one of the few classical buildings in the Dordogne. French-style gardens extend in terraces all around the château, laid out in beds of flowering boxwood embroidery. They are classified as historical monuments. An English-style park extends over 30 hectares, on the hill to the west of the château.

Puymartin



Le château de Puymartin se situe dans la commune de Marquay à 8 km de Sarlat et 11 km des Eyzies. Une légende dit qu'une châtelaine du XVIe siècle, Thérèse de Saint-Clar, aurait été surprise avec son amant par le retour de guerre inopiné de son mari. En punition de sa faute, ce dernier l'aurait condamnée à rester prisonnière durant les 16 dernières années de sa vie, dans une petite pièce de la tour nord où elle mourut, et dans laquelle l'époux trompé aurait exigé que le corps de sa femme soit emmuré. On prétend depuis que le fantôme de Thérèse de Saint-Clar errerait parfois le soir aux environs de minuit, sous la forme d'une dame blanche, dans l’escalier, sur le chemin de ronde du château, avant de pénétrer dans cette chambre.