Château de Hautefort – 2

This is the second part of a two part blog on Château de Hautefort, the first part can be found here

The Gardens

The tower on the left was where the famous author Gabriel Victor Eugene Le Roy was born in 1836, he is famous for writing “Jacquou Le Croquant” in 1899, which describes the poverty that Perigord peasants lived in so that the wealthy could afford life’s little luxury’s. A ‘croquant’ is a South West word for a 17th century peasant rebel; the name relates to the grinding of angry teeth.

rear of the Chateau The rear of the Château with its magnificent gardens and the oncoming storm on the top left of the picture.

The Minister of Culture and Communication awarded the gardens the title of “Remarkable Gardens” in 2004. This is a French style garden which was influenced by many trips to Italy. There is also an English park at the front of the Château which was designed by Choulot in the 19th century.

the gardens View of the gardens taken from one of the Château’s bedroom windows

Perfumed flowersPerfumed flowers in the borders

Beautiful curling hedgesBeautiful curling hedges

The Château de Hautefort, gardens and park are open from April to September 10 until 12 and 2 until 6 and from November to February, Sunday only 2 until 5.

Château de Hautefort


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Château de Hautefort – 1

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!

Château

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.

DrawbridgeThe drawbridge which was built in 1588

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.

Dinning RoomDinning Room

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.

Ladies BedroomLadies Bedroom, just a little OTT

Master BedroomMaster Bedroom

chaise longueWow, I so want the above for my bedroom, it would be great to relax upon after a hard days renovation work.

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.

Château de Hautefort