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“Spectacular setting for a Chateau” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chateau de Hautefort

Chateau de Hautefort
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Hautefort
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Owner description: Located on the site of a former roman camp, the medieval fortress was transformed into an imposing stately home during the 17th century, as the defences were progressively replaced by classical architecture. The Chateau and the Hospice, locatedin the village and built by the Marquis de Hautefort at the same time as the transformation of the Chateau, reflect the rank and power of the Marquis.The interior contains a remarkable collection of 17th and 18th century furniture.In the 19th century, the renowned landscape architect, the count de Choulot, created the French formal gardens and the English-style park wich offer a variety of countryside and villageviews. The formal gardens, delimited by box hedges elegantly surrounding the Chateau, complement the architecture and enhance the pleasure of the visit.In summer, go off to explore the castle, at nightfall, in the company of marquess Jacques François’s sister in the 17th century. An unusual visit for all the family...
Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
“Spectacular setting for a Chateau”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

Lovely gardens and views and. Interesting building which is slowly being restored after a disastrous fire in 1968. Well worth a visit. Not much in the way of catering facilities but there are a couple of restaurants in the nearby town.

Visited July 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Wonderful little find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

Great to view this estate and relics of the past. We had a lovely visit here. But hard to find any cafe's open hereby, and any hotels to stay in around this area.

Visited September 2012
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Allemans, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Worth an hour or two”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2013

Fine chateau, perfectly restored after the 1968 fire, interesting furniture and paintings, nice views, lovely designed formal gardens which need more maintenance to be in good shape.

Visited June 2013
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Linslade, United Kingdom
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“Risen like a phoenix from the ashes ....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

While enjoying a short spring break with friends nearby, we took a trip to this delightful 17th Century Chateau, with its mixed history. After four decades of restoration work that started in the 1920's, the chateau was devastated - like Windsor Castle - by a huge fire in the late 60's but, fortunately, has since been restored to its full grandeur.
It enjoys stunning views of the surrounding countryside with its mix of formal (i.e. French - a la Versailles) and parkland (English) landscape. With Spring being so late arriving this year, the grounds were probably two weeks or so away from seeing some good floral displays and I imagine that, in the autumn, there must be some stunning colours to be seen in the woodland around the site and beyond.
The chateau is easy to get around and has a reasonable amount of disabled access but some of the 'below ground' areas (bakery, cellars, turrets) are not feasible.
The chateau is still a family home but those areas open to the public are impressive, with good examples of furniture and tapestries over the ages of its occupation.
In season, the grounds are open all day but they close the chateau itself from 12:30 till 14.00. There is some car parking immediately adjacent to the ticket office otherwise it's a steep walk up from the road below.

Visited April 2013
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Naples, Florida
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“Very impressive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2012

The Chateau is very impressive up on the hill as you drive into Hauteforte. It remains so as you walk through the grounds and the house. As with so many, the English translation could have been better, but there is one. We thouroughly enjoyed our time here.

Visited September 2012
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