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Chateau de Puyguilhem

Nr. D82, 45.427070, 0.744395 Villars, France
+33 5 53 54 82 18
Review Highlights
Visit greatly enhanced by the tour guide

Well worth a visit, very interesting history to the Chateau, explained beautifully by the tour... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2017
Alan R
Derby, United Kingdom
Not worth the drive, nor the time

The employee at the office knew nothing about the Chateau. The access was terrible, and furnishings... read more

Reviewed 10 June 2017
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Puyguilhem is a delightful Renaissance Château lying at the heart of a wooded valley near Brantôme in Périgord. It features all the charming architectural and decorative elements that are so typical of the period including large mullioned windows, two staircase towers to the main building, and an upper section ornamented with a balustrade of sculpted shells, foliage and medallions. Inside, the remarkable vaulted main staircase leads to the great hall and its fireplace illustrating Hercules' Labours. Today the Château features an impressive collection of 17th and 18th century furniture and tapestries. Open: > 2nd May to 31st August: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 1st September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 45 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays and Tuesdays from 1st October to 31st March. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good40%
  • Average2%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Nr. D82, 45.427070, 0.744395 Villars, France
+33 5 53 54 82 18
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

Well worth a visit, very interesting history to the Chateau, explained beautifully by the tour guide, who apologised for his 'almost perfect' English...!

Thank Alan R
Reviewed 10 June 2017

The employee at the office knew nothing about the Chateau. The access was terrible, and furnishings non existent. I don't understand the good reviews. I found it to be a total waste of time and money, with the only interest being the exterior, which cannot...More

Thank Dap66
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

This chateau is hidden in the forest like sleeping beauty's castle. It is run by the French and is spacious and not crowded. There are stairs and one gets to see various level. Built by a French elite but not a king, it is large...More

Thank Joe W
Reviewed 29 April 2017

We went as a group for a guided tour. Interesting tour and architecture. If go call or go online beforehand to confirm opening times and if there is a tour. Not clearly marked directions and postings.

Thank Elizabeth L
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Go to a very poorly signposted Chateau with a notice on the gate which says it's open and it's not! We are not amused!

Thank tonyking8652
Reviewed 28 September 2016

This chateau is actually a magnificent hunting lodge with some fascinating architecture arising from changing fashions in centuries gone by. The chateau is state owned and kept in excellent condition. There aren't many furnishings but some of the wall tapestries, fireplaces and ceilings are top-class...More

Thank Gerry_Sevenoaks
Reviewed 3 September 2016

We visited the chateau after going to the grottoes de villars as it was nearby. On arrival the building seems very charming but it is no national trust type of visit. The building is almost completely empty of artefacts and furniture. There were a few...More

Thank s0ph1e2014
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Nice enough building with some interesting stonework, but that's about it. We found the way in (no sign) but there was only a spiral stone staircase with some very ordinary displays. Through a window we saw a guided tour (different unmarked entrance). Why do the...More

Thank mftwatford
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

This chateau was recommended by a local artist in St. Jean-de-Cole. We bought a watercolor painting he had done of it and had to visit. There is an excellent and informative guided tour done in French and English. The history of the chateau and some...More

Thank Sandy C
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the visit even with two kids in tow! Very good guide who explained the castle in French and English. Would be good to see some photos of the restoration.

Thank FamilyDuff546
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