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Hautefort

Distance from La Barde: 1 heure 10

Hautefort, one of the Dordogne most impressive castle

Hautefort is a former medieval fortress. During the 17th Century, it has been transformed into pleasure-dwelling and today stilling has a splendid period furnitures collection. With its classicism style, the castle looks more like a Château from the Loire Valley than the one you will find in the Dordogne area. Its imposing and majestic shape is the reflection of its lords rank and power.

Outside the Château, on ten or so hectares, you will admire and take a walk in the French-style and the English-style gardens designed by the count of Choulot during the 19th Century; these gardens were revisited by the baron and baroness of Bastard in the 20th Century who have decided to make way for box trees and topiary art.

Every Wednesday of summer, you can discover the Château in an original way with the “La nuit au Château” animation.

Hautefort is open from April to November. You will find all the price information here.

Hôtel Dieu, the Hautefort medicine museum

After the Château visit, you can also go to the small town of Hautefort to discover “Hôtel Dieu”. This medicine museum is unique in Aquitaine and very impressive ! Indeed it explores medicine from the 17th Century to these days showing the extraordinary evolution of medical sciences during 4 centuries.

We visited it for you !

Hautefort is the most prestigious Château we’ve visited in Perigord ! This visit is different from the others we usually make in the castles in the South-West of France even if you will find there all the area history. The visit begins with the ascent of the Renaissance style stairs and after a lot of beautiful rooms. Surprise, delight and wonder !

About “Hôtel Dieu”, don’t be afraid about this original museum discovering ! We can give you the certainty that after the visit you won’t complain about your dentist anymore !

 

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