Since the Château de Hautefort is such a wonderful place to visit, the blog has been split into two to fit even more gorgeousness in!
A couple of hours drive North of Daglan is the Château de Hautefort, you pass through Sarlat and Montignac and drive up towards the Lascaux caves to the area known as White Perigord. It gets it’s name from its bleached limestone plateaux, which are always worth a visit or two.
In the 12th century a fortress was built on this spot by Baron de Born, a war-loving troubadour.
In 1640 it was rebuilt by a famous miser, Jacques-Francois de Hautefort, when he fell ill his doctor prescribed English pills, which brought about his death – they cost so much that he could not bear to swallow them.
In 1929 the Château passed to the Baron and Baroness de Bastard who undertook the complete restoration of Hautefort and its gardens. After the Baron died, his wife continued and finally finished in 1968. In the autumn of the same year Hautefort went up in flames that could be seen across the Perigord. After the shock of losing thirty eight years of work over night, the Baroness amazed everyone by starting all over again.
Restoration work is still being carried out today, when we arrived there was scaffolding on half of the exterior of the Château, also the chapel and the courtyard were being restored. It was fascinating seeing the masons at work on large stone pieces, it’s well worth a visit just for that alone.