Le Chateau de Fenelon
Le Chateau de Fenelon
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yorans
Belgium19 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Very well kept grounds and building. The Dutch booklet was very informative and the translation was well done. The children liked fantasising about warfare and enjoyed the trip.
Well worth the price, you can clearly see that the money is put to good use.
Written July 6, 2022
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Linda M
Wellington, New Zealand162 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
We had an early start and made a 9km detour on our cycles to visit this château and we weren't disappointed. It's only open for two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon so check the times.
There were only 4 or 5 cars in the car park and we saw a few people as we were walking around the château. Such a nice change from the wall to wall tourists we had encountered at other attractions.
We were given a sheet with explanations in English for each of the interpretative boards around the château.
It is beautifully preserved and furnished. I especially enjoyed viewing the bedrooms and learning about all the different styles of furnishings and furniture over the ages.
Written September 7, 2015
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Paul T
Exeter, UK150 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
Although I have visited the area many times, I hadn't visited this chateau. Chance brought me here this time, and now I view it as one of the most rewarding visits I have had in the region.
For a start, you will be unlucky to find it with more than a handful of visitors. The car park is free, and if you visit it when it opens, you can park very close to the gates. There is a very helpful English guide leaflet, with numbered entries that are very easy to relate to specific objects. The text is very informative, and the layout logical.
The chateau is quite small, and very attractive. It is obviously well maintained. incidentally, just inside the grounds there is a door "at moat level" leading to the toilets (which are very clean and modern) - this is not immediately obvious.
The rooms are all themed with different periods of French decor, and they feel very authentic and lived in, rather than stuffy museum displays. There are excellent information boards in French and English, which are teh best I have seen in France. Don't miss the cabinet with a little stuffed mermaid curiosity - or the revolutionary medals - all quite fascinating.
Considering the content and the manner in which this beautiful place is kept up, I think the charge is very reasonable - and a real "must visit".
Written April 24, 2014
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Rob M M
Port Macquarie, Australia101 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Was local to us as we we were staying in Milhac ... read enough about it to give it a viewing ... very glad we did.

The day started out badly re the weather but it was as if we arrived at Fenelon theb the skies would clear .. they did.

Because of the early weather the number of visitors were low.. but it makes a better experience in viewing this Chateau .. wonderful views down toward the Dordogne and surrounding areas ...

The surrounds are wonderful plus the furnished rooms are well worth a look ... a very personable type of Chateau.
Written May 30, 2018
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MaggieMay37
Reugny, France8 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
There is no guide, but detailed explanations in each room. I understand you could have guides in other languages too. The site is beautifully kept and views would have been fantastic had it not been raining! The furnishings inside are really interesting and organised according to period. We loved the curiosity cabinet with a mummified mermaid, among other things...
Furthermore, visitors are not bombarded by souvenir shops and plastic armour, it's refreshingly sober.
Written August 24, 2015
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Jane C
Atlanta57 contributions
May 2013 • Friends
Chateau Fenelon (apparently a claim to fame was that it was the castle in the movie "Ever After") is, quite frankly, in the middle of nowhere in the Dordogne Valley, about 15 minutes from St. Julien de Lampon, which itself is about 20 mies from Sarlat. If you are in the area, it's well worth a visit as the castle itself is impressive, but the setting--high on a hill overlooking the valley--makes it worth the trip. Follow the signs out of St. Julien through St. Mondane and it is at the top of a very winding road. A pleasant outing on a clear day.
Written May 23, 2013
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pierre s
Paris, France92 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
Superb catle (14 th and 17 th century).Very well preserved with its 3 defense walls, its towers and its beautiful furnished rooms. Extremmely interesting museum about Fenelon. You don't need a guided tour because at each place in the castle there is a complete explanation printed in English and french. Superb view on the river and the surroundings.. A marvellous 2 hours visit.
Written August 7, 2017
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WingerJack
Christchurch, New Zealand526 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
There are grander chateaux to visit in the Dordogne but this gem is presented a lot better than many others. No audio guide, but at the gate you will be offered a sheet with a translation of enough of the panels in French to make this a voyage of discovery. Not a lot of visitors on the Sunday afternoon that we visited in October which no doubt explains the restricted opening hours.

I note that one reviewer expresses bewilderment that on the occasion he visited, the chateau was closed between 12.30pm and 2.30pm. This is France and this is the French way. I would hate to see it changed for the sake of Anglo tourists.

One annoyance though - no photos or videos are permitted inside the house. Why? No explanation is given and it is not as if photography would be disrespectful. Similar establishments allow photography so long as the flash is turned off and at a similar attraction we visited in Sarlat, also with a lot of antiques and family memoribilia, there was no restrictions. It isn't as if the average tourist is going to sell the images they have taken on their phone!
Written October 17, 2016
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Goomsu
Birchington, UK354 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
This beautifully positioned Chateau, on rolling ground overlooking the Dordogne above the viullage of Sainte Mondane, offers strength in its thick stone and double encircling walls but it also offers charm and comfort in its impeccably furnished rooms with elegant period furniture. The chateau car park is free and offers shaded picnic tables. there are numerous walks around the village, taking in the views across the river. Prepare to be charmed.
Written May 4, 2016
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49ersSteve
Ormskirk, UK57 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
Gazing over the countryside from the walls of the Chateau you could imagine how it was, defending against attacking forces with a majestic view over the surrounding land. Well worth a visit, with interesting, views rooms and history.
Written October 7, 2016
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