Chateau et Jardins de Losse

Near to La Rogue Saint-Christophe on the D70, 5km from Montignac-Lascaux, towards Les Eyzies is the Chateau et Jardins de Losse. It is well worth a visit for the gardens alone, they are gorgeous.

Be forewarned you cannot take photographs of the inside of the Chateau which is a great shame, for they have a very good selection of 16th and 17th Century tapestries, paintings, furniture, weapons and a very interesting chest in the basement with an ingenious lock system. I will not tell you here how to open the chest because that would spoil it for you if you want to visit the Chateau when you are next in the Perigord Noir.

The gatehouse is the largest of its kind in South West France

The gatehouse

The gatehouse

The Chateau is protected by a deep moat and curtain wall, which opens onto a grand terrace which overlooks the river Vezere.

moat and curtain wall

moat and curtain wall

The decoration of the fascade are all carved in limestone.

The courtyard

The courtyard

This is Adam and I walking around the gardens which are all in the Renaissance style and have been labelled ‘jardins remarquable’ (remarkable gardens) by the Ministry of Culture in 2004.

jardins remarquable

jardins remarquable

The heady scent of rosemary, lavender, and roses fill the air.

rosemary, lavender

rosemary, lavender

This is a fountain decorated with two figures of Apollo and Venus, the water flows among the topiaries by way of a small channel. Please watch your step, the open channel crosses the path.

Apollo and Venus

Apollo and Venus

This is inside one of the towers in the garden, a surprise bedroom with an interesting bed which was carved in the 16th Century. Next door is a bathroom.

Surprise bedroom

Surprise bedroom

There is also a knot garden, which over looks the river and a rose lined walk.
This is one of the roses, the perfume was gorgeous.

Not the knot garden

Not the knot garden

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