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Chateau de Puyguilhem

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Address: Nr. D82, 45.427070, 0.744395 Villars, France
Phone Number:
+33 5 53 54 82 18
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Puyguilhem is a delightful Renaissance Château lying at the heart of a...

Puyguilhem is a delightful Renaissance Château lying at the heart of a wooded valley near Brantôme in Périgord. It features all the charming architectural and decorative elements that are so typical of the period including large mullioned windows, two staircase towers to the main building, and an upper section ornamented with a balustrade of sculpted shells, foliage and medallions. Inside, the remarkable vaulted main staircase leads to the great hall and its fireplace illustrating Hercules' Labours. Today the Château features an impressive collection of 17th and 18th century furniture and tapestries. Open: > 2nd May to 31st August: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 1st September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays and Tuesdays from 1st October to 31st March. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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Fascinating chateau and excellent guided tour

This chateau is actually a magnificent hunting lodge with some fascinating architecture arising from changing fashions in centuries gone by. The chateau is state owned and kept... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 28, 2016
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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Essen, Germany
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Go to a very poorly signposted Chateau with a notice on the gate which says it's open and it's not! We are not amused!

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

This chateau is actually a magnificent hunting lodge with some fascinating architecture arising from changing fashions in centuries gone by. The chateau is state owned and kept in excellent condition. There aren't many furnishings but some of the wall tapestries, fireplaces and ceilings are top-class examples of their time. A charming and knowledgeable guide gave his talks in French and... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

We visited the chateau after going to the grottoes de villars as it was nearby. On arrival the building seems very charming but it is no national trust type of visit. The building is almost completely empty of artefacts and furniture. There were a few tapestries that were Flemish and one bed, 2 chairs, a few cupboards. In the tower... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Nice enough building with some interesting stonework, but that's about it. We found the way in (no sign) but there was only a spiral stone staircase with some very ordinary displays. Through a window we saw a guided tour (different unmarked entrance). Why do the chateaux all seem to insist on this now? We hadn't be told about guided tours,... More 

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Orange County, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

This chateau was recommended by a local artist in St. Jean-de-Cole. We bought a watercolor painting he had done of it and had to visit. There is an excellent and informative guided tour done in French and English. The history of the chateau and some of the unique decorative/design elements are shared.

Thank Sandy C
Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the visit even with two kids in tow! Very good guide who explained the castle in French and English. Would be good to see some photos of the restoration.

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Camborne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Arrived early and had a guided tour to ourselves. She made it interesting and relevant to our group. You get to see lots of the rooms and get an insight into Renaissance France. There is an excellent exposition on the forerunner of museums. Very interesting collection of curiosities.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

The chateau is set in its own grounds and looks very impressive from a distance. It's only €5.50 to enter and you get a guide sheet in English describing the full history of the chateau. There is also a group guide provided but this is only in the French language. She took us to some of the more interesting rooms... More 

Thank Keith M
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016

A chateau with a very intresting history, very well expained to us in French and English. Particular features ake this unique in France.

Thank pawlbrennin
Texas City, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016

Beautiful chateau with beautiful architecture. Must visit if you are near the village of St Jean de Cole.

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