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Chateau de Hautefort

Listed under Castles in South West, France.

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With a both grand and heartbreaking history, this chateau has certainly been run through the mill. It owes its existence to the loving hands of Baron and Baronesse de Bastard, who tirelessly worked to restore to its original 17th Century grandeur.

Chateau de Hautefort is one of the most visited and popular chateaux of the Dordogne because of the beautiful tapestries and artwork from the 17th century on display inside as well as the actual architecture.  The chateau comprises of two wings each finished with a beautifully crafted tower. Extensive and stunning gardens surrund the chateau and really add to the magic of the place.

40km east of Périgueux in the heart of the rural Dordogne province, there is much to appreciate about this charming, quintessentially French chateau. It stands over the view of the scenic Auvézère Valley and the petit village of Hautefort. This aristocratic chateau is more in the style of the chateaux of the Loire Valley than the Dordogne, but this only makes it stand out among the other Dordogne chateaux more.

Chateau de Hautefort was built in the 17th century, fell into disrepair and was rejuvenated by the Baron and Baronesse de Bastard – as you now know – but awfully, it burnt down the year it was finished (1968) but the Baronesse didn’t give up and it was once again restored. There's a room which commemorates this intrinsically sad occasion.


Written by  poppy E.

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