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Chateau d'Usse

37420 Rigny-Usse, France
+33 2 47 95 54 05
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Sleeping Beauty's Castle and more

The array of towers and turrets as you approach Chateau d'Usse is clearly an inspiration for... read more

Reviewed October 15, 2017
Terry L
Kelowna, Canada
Beautiful and historically interesting

The chateau is a stunning building, yes there are other chateaus in the area which may be a bit... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2017
Cambridge, 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.
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  • Very good43%
  • Average19%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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37420 Rigny-Usse, France
+33 2 47 95 54 05
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Reviewed October 15, 2017

The array of towers and turrets as you approach Chateau d'Usse is clearly an inspiration for Perreault's creation of Sleeping Beauty. They chateau tour includes a tower that is set up with scenes from the story. It would delight any child or the child in...More

Thank Terry L
Reviewed October 7, 2017

The chateau is a stunning building, yes there are other chateaus in the area which may be a bit cheaper but this is a must see. You can wonder around the grounds, the chateau, the caves, the church etc and each area or room has...More

Thank 772Rich772
Reviewed September 26, 2017

Chic collection of towers and turrets, no wonder Charles Perrault was inspired to write 'The Sleeping Beauty' after he visited this beautiful château. Given the association with 'La Belle au Bois Dormant', there is a series of tableaux of the fairy tale - but you...More

Thank veronica59
Reviewed September 25, 2017

What can I say about Usse – anyone who has ever seen Sleeping Beauty will recognise it immediately. It is a living fairytale, looking up you expect to see Rapunzel appear at the parapet and delicately drop her braided hair to the ground. If you...More

Thank Maria N
Reviewed September 21, 2017

Against my better judgement, perhaps encouraged by the perfection of the building from the outside, I paid the 15.00€ to get in. Overpriced when compared to Villandry (10,50€ Etickets), Chenonceau (13.00€), and Chambord (13€, but parking is 4.00€). I think that here you are paying...More

Thank Ray V
Reviewed September 14, 2017 via mobile

So different from the other chateaux we had visited but that was part of the charm of the visit. The sleeping beauty tower was fascinating and it was so nice to have a chateau experience without all the don't touch, can't go there etc and...More

Thank Tortoisetheterrible
Reviewed September 10, 2017

Nice Chateau to visit. Part of the "Chateau de la Loire' circuit. Take the audio guide. The schedule of the guided tours are very limited in some of these "chateaux". There are rooms in the tower you visit that tell the story of the Sleeping Beauty....More

Thank AccidentalCritic2014
Reviewed September 8, 2017

First sight of this castle and it really IS the Sleeping beauty Castle. It must be a real asset to the owners to be know as this.looking back it from across the river, it is beautiful Whilst we were there there was a costume exhibition...More

Thank Colin K
Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

This lovely chateau is on quiet roads through small villages but definitely worth it. Easy to get round and great for small children - mine loved the Sleeping Beauty rooms in the tower.

Thank sw682015
Reviewed August 23, 2017

The family thoroughly enjoyed this chateau visit. Our two little girls especially loved the Sleeping Beauty tower portion and reading the story along the different rooms and displays. Also very interesting to see the different aspects of construction and almost "behind the scenes" feel in...More

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Roberto C
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 .