HAUTEFORT

hautefort, dordogne, france view from chateau hautefort,

Taking the D79 to Jumilhac Le Grand, passing the Chateau on your right and continuing on the D78 towards Thiviers, look out for the D80 off to the left (not far from Jumilhac). Take this road until reaching the D704, just after Sarlande. Here turn right, heading in a southerly direction. Stay on the D704 until seeing the sign post for Hautefort. The Chateau here is one of the most prestigious in South West France and is a listed historical monument. Its dominant position is on the site of a former roman camp. It's been the centre of many disputes since the 12th Century and in 1588 during the Wars of Religion, the fortress underwent modifications. But the main changes took place between 1630 and 1670 on behalf of the Marquis de Hautefort. Commissioning a stately home along the lines of those in the Loire valley. The rooms contain magnificent 17th & 18th Century furniture. A visit to the gardens should not be missed as a leading garden of the Dordogne and one of the finest in France. Returning along this road at night after visiting the Lascaux caves at Montignac, observe the illuminated Chateau from a great distance. A magnificent sight.

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