The castle of Hautefort in the Dordogne, a medieval fortress, was transformed into a pleasure residence in the 17th century, and today retains a remarkable collection of furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries.
French gardens (boxwood embroidery, topiaries, flower beds) and landscaped park of 30 ha.
History and famous characters
The first owner of the place is Guy de Lastours around the year one thousand. Gouffier de Lastours, one of his descendants, is apparently one of the thirty knights who entered in 1099 in Jerusalem alongside Godefroy de Bouillon.
In the 12th century, by an alliance, the fortress belonged to the Born family represented by two enemy brothers, Constantine and the famous troubadour Bertran of Born. The medieval fortress, which is known only by the texts, was composed of a dungeon and several towers connected by ramparts.
In the 15th century, the castle passes to a branch of the family of Gontaut, which takes the name and weapons of Hautefort.
My castle is visitable
The Château de Hautefort welcomes groups (minimum of 20 people) on reservation, all the year except during the Christmas school holidays.
Adult / € 8 and child up to 14 years / € 4.5.
Adult guide package / 50 € and children / 40 €.
Adult / € 10 and child from 7 to 14 years / € 5.5.
Reduced / 8 € and large family rate (free from the 3rd child).
For the visiting hours, the ticket office closes its doors 30 minutes before the closing of the castle.
The gardens remain open until nightfall for visitors already present in the grounds of the estate.
The ground floor of the castle (furnished apartments), the chapel, the main courtyard overlooking the boxwood, the gardens and the park as well as the video projection room, the exhibition spaces and the shop are accessible to disabled.
Summer lounge with cold and hot drinks, snacks, confectionery and ice cream. Free wifi access.