Hautefort Castle Castles in Périgord in Hautefort

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 09:30 am - 07:00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:30 am - 07:00 pm
  • Wednesday 09:30 am - 07:00 pm
  • Thursday 09:30 am - 07:00 pm
  • Friday 09:30 am - 07:00 pm
  • Saturday 09:30 am - 07:00 pm
  • Sunday 09:30 am - 07:00 pm

Opens Tuesday at 09:30 am

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Useful information

  • Guide du Routard
  • Qualité Tourisme
  • Monument Historique
  • Dordogne en Famille
  • Jardin Remarquable
  • Médaille d'Or 2018 - Concours Général Agricole
  • European EcoLabel

Location : In the countryside

Other services : Restaurant au sein du Château

Province : Black Périgord

Services

  • Children playground
  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Disable access
  • English spoken
  • Entertainment
  • Groups
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • open 7/7
  • English
    • THE CHÂTEAU DE HAUTEFORT, A "GRAND SIÈCLE" CASTLE IN THE BLACK PériGORD

      A historic site in the heart of Périgord Noir

      The Château de Hautefort stands proudly in the Périgord Noir, a region renowned for its picturesque landscapes and its rich heritage.

      This castle, of medieval origin, was profoundly transformed in the 17th century to become a fully classic pleasure residence. Its location on a rocky outcrop offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area, merging nature and architecture in perfect harmony.

      History and architecture

      From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

      The foundation of Château de Hautefort dates back to the 11th century, with Guy de Lastours as its first owner. In the 12th century, through a matrimonial alliance, the castle passed to the Born family. The medieval fortress of the time was made up of a keep and several towers connected by ramparts, testifying to its defensive function.

      In the 14th century, the castle became the property of the Gontaut family, who took the name and arms of Hautefort. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the fortress was transformed into a sumptuous residence. The marquis, François de Hautefort, then her grandson Jacques-François, hired renowned architects to modernize the castle, gradually abandoning its military functions.

      Classic transformations

      In the 17th century, the Château de Hautefort adopted a classical architecture, more reminiscent of the castles of the Loire than the Périgord fortresses. Its main building and its right-angled wings, flanked by circular towers, illustrate the change in style and function. This transformation reflects the rank and power of the lords of Hautefort, such as Jacques-François, first equerry of Queen Anne of Austria and advisor to King Louis XIV.

      The gardens

      French gardens

      From the 17th century, French gardens embellished the estate. These gardens have been redeveloped over the centuries, resulting in today's boxwood beds, sculpted into topiaries with astonishing shapes. Gardeners prune these boxwoods by hand twice a year, demonstrating a strong commitment to preserving the tradition.

      The garden extends over more than three hectares, including a plant pergola of almost 70 meters, ideal for cooling off, and an espalier of magnolias overlooking the Hautefort parterre, made up of 10,000 plants of boxwood.

      An ecological commitment

      The Château de Hautefort adopts sustainable management of its green spaces.

      Grinding plants produces mulch, reducing evaporation and enriching the soil. Gardeners use ecological methods, such as planting ladybug larvae to control pests.

      The landscaped park

      A 30-hectare English-style park

      In the 19th century, the landscaper Choulot replaced the French-style park with an English-style park. This park offers varied views of the surrounding countryside, with shaded paths and remarkable trees, such as the majestic Lebanese cedar (at least 250 years old). The park is a place conducive to relaxation, harmoniously integrating the castle and its environment.

      The vegetable garden

      An experimental organic vegetable garden

      Château de Hautefort also has an experimental vegetable garden, where ancient plants and vegetables are grown. The seeds, not hybridized, allow you to rediscover the flavors of yesteryear. This vegetable garden illustrates the castle's commitment to biodiversity and the preservation of old varieties.

      Visit options

      1. Free tour of the castle, gardens and park
      2. Free guided tours: outdoor historical commentary, discovery of French gardens, immersive workshop at the cinema studio
      3. Guided tour of the castle
      4. Guided tour of the gardens
      5. Summer night visits (see "Wednesday nights" below)
      6. Gourmet workshop in the 17th century bread oven: Make, cook and taste the Hautefort palet

      Night Wednesdays

      Wednesday Nights at the Château de Hautefort offer a unique dramatized journey entitled " The Ladies of Hautefort , temperaments of fire".

      Hosted by a troupe of twenty extras, this show features around ten tableaux vivants, mixing ancient music and contemporary creations.

      Under the expert direction of Christian Croset, with his 40 years of experience in theater, and his muse Vittoretti, the public meets the ghosts of the castle, including emblematic figures like Eleanor of Aquitaine, Marie de Hautefort and Madame la Baronne de Bastard.

      This performance in 171h and 18th century costumes, some of which come from the Comédie-Française, promises total immersion between history, poetry and theater.

      Performances take place every Wednesday, from July 10 to August 28, 2024, at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., with online reservation required.

      Find it on the Guide du Périgord's Blog...

      The Château de Hautefort: Visit a unique 17th century castle!
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Traveller Reviews Hautefort Castle

4.5 sur 5 4169 reviews

  • Gayle Allsopp

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Gayle Allsopp on 28/05/2024

    Worth a visit and look around. Was €12.50 per adult for entrance. The grounds and the history are absolutely worth it. The jets went over us as we were in the courtyard and it really made it spectacular. Really stunning. And Chez Cathy down the road is a lovely place to eat before/after.

  • Du Coin Parc

    4 sur 5 Reviews posted by Du Coin Parc on 25/06/2024

    A lovely place to visit, lovely gardens and set overlooking the countryside so great views, alot of history to learn about and added bonus of making your own bread or biscuits innthe chateau's bread ovens. Not very busy so that was nicexalso

  • Sara Bowles

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Sara Bowles on 12/07/2023

    What a beautiful Chateau! So nice to see one almost intact full of antique furnishings and with a long history. The position on top of the hill and the gorgeous gardens were another bonus. The restaurant was very good too with lots of choice for vegetarians and at affordable prices. Definitely worth a visit.

Traveller Reviews Hautefort Castle

4.0 sur 5 828 reviews

  • "Beautiful"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by mikepr59 (BASINGSTOKE) on 19/09/2023

    Visited with some friends . Lovely chateau with amazing views both inside and outside . Staff really helpful and joint French and English information boards in all areas which was really helpful...

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  • "Stunning French gardens with an impressive chateau with nice rooms and furnishings"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by Brown_Samantha (Kennewick, Washington) on 12/07/2023

    This has been on the "list" ever since the Cinderella movie that came out 25 years ago: Ever After with Drew Barrymore and Dougray Scott. While that on location information was not advertised for...

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  • "A wonderful chateau in SW France"

    5 / 5 Reviews posted by S-Man283 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on 04/12/2022

    Look at the pictures, and you will know if you want to visit. If you enjoy grand French chateau architecture, formal gardens, and views of the countryside, you will like this.

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Hautefort Castle

Address

Château de Hautefort
24390 Hautefort

Contacts

Phone : 05 53 50 51 23

GPS coordinates

45° 15'34.89"N, 1° 8'41.7"E

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