Visit Chateau Lanquais
- Date of construction: 14-17th centuries
- Location: Dordogne, Aquitaine
Located in the southern part of the Dordogne department, Chateau de Lanquais is reached by visitors heading from the north by way of one of the bridges across the Dordogne river - usually those at St-Capraise-de-Lalinde or Couze-et-Saint-Front.
The castle is surrounded by woodlands rather than French style gardens, with glimpses through the trees down to the river and Lanquais plan d'eau (leisure area) below.
This castle is less part of the tourist circuit than some along the popular Dordogne river, but is a castle with an interesting history and mix of architectural styles that should ensure it is on your schedule.
The part of the building that was the original, defensive and fortified, castle dates from the 14th century, and mostly comprises the round tower and the adjoining hexagonal stair tower. The building was then much expanded in the latter part of the 16th century, to add parts that offered more comfortable living accommodation using the renaissance style - and in particular copying many features from the Louvre.
The two parts are quite different in appearance and can be clearly distinguished. (You can see this better in the photo below, with the clear transition between the medieval style on the left and the renaissance style on the right.)
Inside, the chateau is impressively furnished with magnificent grand chimney places, period furniture and so on.
It is possible to walk around the circumference of the Chateau de Lanquais by following a small track, then afterwards spare a few minutes to visit the village of Lanquais itself, which has a sprinkling of interesting medieval buildings. (Note particularly the stone building with the very large roof between the castle and the village - an ancient barn now used for occasional concerts).