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Fairy Tale

People speak glibly of 'fairy-tale' castles, but this one really is. Tradition has it that Charles... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
Leeds, United Kingdom
Interesting way to spend a couple of hours

Fairytale castle still lived in by the owner and packed with history. Lots already renovated and... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2018
julie b
Folkestone, United Kingdom
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See the inspiration for the fairy-tale castle in Sleeping Beauty: Charles Perrault, the author of the popular tale, was so impressed he decided on this castle as the setting of his story.
37420 Rigny-Usse, France
+33 2 47 95 54 05
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I preface my review with the fact that this was not the first Chateau my family and I explored, and perhaps that has tarnished my opinion of this experience. That being said, I felt very underwhelmed by the experience as a whole; and personally I...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a trip back to the old days. The castle is very well maintain, the staff in charge is pleasant to chat with and there is a nice global atmosphere visiting the place. They organised a special game for kids during our visit (Halloween) so...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

Disney's inspiration is a gorgeous chateau with magnificent gardens and territory. They also did a great job with a tribute to Disney.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

People speak glibly of 'fairy-tale' castles, but this one really is. Tradition has it that Charles Perrault (the seventeenth century French author and creator of the 'fairy tale' genre) had this very castle in mind when he wrote of the 'Sleeping Beauty'. A series of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank thomasdullan
Reviewed October 17, 2018

We visited 6 castles, I would vote for others....There was a man with a crane refurbishing by himself....lots of noise, slow (only 1 person working). Inside the castle you only go into 3 rooms, the rest is closed for visitors. In front of the castles...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Amuribes
Reviewed October 15, 2018

The property is privately owned and continues to be a residence but the Chapel Sainte Anne d'Usse (don't miss it) and the fairy-tale castle are so worth the trip. Oh, and the rose garden! Off-the-charts awesome. Then there's the tower part of the visit. Upon...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Loved our day here , we were made to feel very welcomed with our 2 bobtails old English sheepdogs even though they are large dogs ,staff very friendly , loved seeing church

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dawn197
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

A must visit in the Loire Valley... 30 minutes from Saumur, inspired the famous Disney castle they believe, a fantastic trip on the “chateaux run” of the Loire Valley.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TomB_Hongky_Konk
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful grounds and buildings . Very engaged staff. Fun use of mannequins and clothes to teach and entertain. Well furnished rooms. And, of course, a princess!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Susan C
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Fairytale castle still lived in by the owner and packed with history. Lots already renovated and if you have the energy to climb the spiral staircase, Sleeping Beauty will make an impression on girls of any age as this was the inspiration for her story....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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July 17, 2018|
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Response from Holtem | Reviewed this property |
There is a small restaurant near the castle by the parking lot.
December 11, 2016|
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Response from Blaxhall | Reviewed this property |
I think you will find that both the chateau, gardens and the chapel will be closed tightly over the holiday period. However, all is not lost. The chateau itself is situated on a bluff facing across the surrounding lands... More
April 9, 2015|
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Response from belleretraite | Reviewed this property |
We also rented a car and we had a GPS which we found quite helpful ! Beside the châteaux close to Rigny-Usse we also visited 2 of the most beautiful villages of France : Candes Saint-Martin and Monsoreau .