Chateau de Hautefort

The Hautefort estate is unique in the land of 1001 châteaux! Originally, Hautefort was a medieval fortress, besieged many times including by Richard the Lionheart in 1183.  
Bertran de Born, the famous troubadour-warrior, rebuilt it from ruins. The château gradually abandoned its defensive features in the 17th century and became a place to live and enjoy. The Marquis de Hautefort, who had risen swiftly in society, wanted a château that would reflect his power and standing.
A rare example of classical Périgord architecture, the château today is a manor furnished and decorated in 17th and 18th century style. The era of the Sun King is featured on evening tours in summer.

Although documentary archives confirm the existence of gardens in the 17th century, the real designer of the Hautefort gardens was the Compte de Choulot, one of the most famous landscape architects of the 19th century. 
In 1853, Baron Maxence de Damas asked him to totally revamp the gardens. He designed the flowerbeds on the terraces surrounding the château, and the park with its network of winding paths among local species of trees that he replanted. Making the most of the garden’s dominating position, the project provided wide openings onto the surrounding environment. It was not until the 20th century that the hedge was planted in the gardens at the request of the Baron and Baroness de Bastard. Choulot’s flowerbeds, initially consisting of lawn and flowers, disappeared to be replaced by topiaries.



April to October 2018, Cinema Exhibition - Real movie set.
2 April 2018, Treasure hunt in the château gardens : welcome at 2pm and event starts at 3pm.
1, 2 and 3 June 2018, Meeting in the garden : box tree cutting, guided tour and workshop with gardeners.
July and August 2018 : Creative workshops for kids (45 mins): Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 6pm. Nighttime, at the château...: Guided night tours of the château. Every Wednesdays of July and august. Tickets 9pm-10pm. Open air cinema: 10 July  and 7 August at 10pm.
September 2018, European Heritage Days.

For all events, please let us know or sign up by phoning 05 53 50 51 23.


Le Bourg 24390 Hautefort

Tél. 05 53 50 51 23 - Fax 05 53 51 67 37



Enjoy a self-guided walk with information panels in every room of the château. Tour leaflets, translated into multiple languages, are available for visitors at the ticket office.
An introductory historical film is shown in the video room.

Guided tours in French and English are offered to groups of minimum 20 people. Booking required..

Historical presentation for individuals in summer.

The head gardener offers guided tours of the garden for schools, gardening associations, horticultural societies, etc. Minimum 20 people per group. Booking required.  

“Nighttime, at the château...”, in the company of the Marquis Jacques François, Wednesdays of July and August. Tickets 9pm to 10pm.

March / and 1 to 11 November : Weekends and public holidays 2pm to 6pm
April and May : daily 10am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 6:30pm
June, July and August : daily 9:30am to 7pm
July and August : Wednesday nights
Tickets 9pm-10pm. – Show : 10pm
September : daily 10am to 6pm
October : daily 2pm to 6pm

Groups of minimum 20 people are also welcome during the annual closing but booking is required (excluding Christmas school holidays).