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“Stepping back in Time”

The Maison Forte de Reignac
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Tursac
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

This place is amazing. First you have to get up the hill, we went via the dirt pathway other than the stairs, after making payment, if I remember correctly 7euros each! it was like stepping back in time, the rooms of the Chateau are all set up the kitchen with food on the table and of course the old kitchen implements, pots etc. bedroom with clothes of that day hanging on the outside of cupboard doors, the artefacts room showing all kinds of ancient tools, spears etc. it showed how the people of those days lived. All the old furniture throughout the house was beautiful. What amazed us was how did they ever get things into this house back then as it it a long way off the ground, manpower I guess. Their are many stairs that are narrow and lots of them, so it is not for everyone. This was one of the best sites we visited during our trip to France. High recommended.

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Reviewed 18 September 2013

This area is such an interesting area and The Maison Forte de Reignac is well worth a visit. It's a stunning sight, built into the rock and what a surprise inside. So much to see and so well put together. This fortress was where the Lord of the stronghold lived. It was in private hands until very recently when it was sold to the city of Bordeaux and preserved so visitors could see what life was like.

Allow a couple of hours for this visit and really take your time to visit each room and read about what the room was used for.

It would be difficult for anybody with a disability to access this place.

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Reviewed 9 September 2013

This is worth a visit, mainly because it is SUCH a strange place. A form of chateau, built into the living rock and using height as its main defence. Quite how anyone had any form of comfortable life in the place, however, is beyond me. Winters must have been a brutal experience and living quarters for the residents are quite small and unpleasant. Glad not to have been born in the Middle Ages, and particularly glad not to have been born at Reignac.

The torture museum has to be seen to be believed. The endless inventiveness of human beings when it came to hurting, maiming and slowly destroying the bodies of other human beings shocked me profoundly and I was queasy for the rest of the day. Clearly, some elements of the human psyche remain hard wired for brutality - eg, they waterboarded back then and we waterboard in this day and age. Plus ca change!

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Reviewed 31 August 2013

We drove a long distance to see based on reviews. Arrived at end of day but were refused admittance because (as we were lectured) there was no admittance after 6:30 as the sign below in the parking area clearly advised. We returned to the parking area where the sign said admittance was available until 7:15. We were there at 7 and reportedly the place is open until 8.

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Reviewed 7 August 2013

What a lovely place, way beyond expectations. Lots of effort to make it come to life, free extensive English guides offered to borrow.

Older kids loved it, especially the torture exhibition at the end!!! Plenty for adults to examine as well.

Lots of steps as it is quite steep in places so small kids need close supervision & not ideal for those with mobility difficulties.

Nice to be able to freely take photos as well.

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