Chateau de Beynac

The Chateau de Beynac is one of the most impressive castles in the Dordogne region of France - both for the well-preserved castle itself and for the stunning location it holds on top of a cliff with views across the surrounding countryside, the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac, and the Dordogne river.

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Chateau de Castelnaud

Dating back at least to the 13th century, Castelnaud Chateau was a cathar stronghold before being seized by the Albigensian Crusade under Simon de Montfort.

After that the history of the Chateau de Castelnaud is inseperable from that of its near neighbour, the Chateau de Beynac. During the Hundred Years War they faced each other across the Dordogne River - Castelnaud was in English hands and Beynac under French control - and the two had many skirmishes and disputes, although they never actually battled face-to-face one against the other. It was towards the end of the Hundred years war, in 1442, that the English were finally driven from Castelnaud following a three week siege.

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Chateau de Commarque

The history of Chateau de Commarque is much less well documented than that of most of the Dordogne castles, especially the reasons for its abandonment.

It didn't so much fall into disrepair, like many other castles in France during the 17th-19th centuries, as fall into the forest and disappear. It lies in a quiet and long abandoned valley where the silt, debris and neglect of the centuries virtually swallowed it, and it is only in recent years that it has been 'rediscovered'.

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Chateau de FĂ©nelon

Chateau de Fénelon is an attractive castle in an attractive location - among the most lovely in the whole Dordogne region. It is set on a raised rock platform near the village of Saint Modane between Sarlat and Souillac in the eastern Dordogne region, and has far reaching views across the countryside.

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Chateau de Lanquais

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.

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Chateau de Losse

The Chateau de Losse is one of the prettiest chateaux in the Dordogne. Not only does it have a beautiful Renaissance residence it is also surrounded by very pretty gardens.

The castle began life as a fortress in the 11th century when the Losse family came from Flanders and installed themselves on the edge of the Vezere river.

In the 16th century Jean II de Losse was an influential figure in the Royal court and when eventually he returned to his ancestral home he brought with him the influence of the Renaissance style of architecture he had seen in Paris and elsewhere.

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Chateau des Milandes

Chateau Milandes was originally constructed in 1489 by the Lord of Castelnaud to provide Lady Castelnaud with more homely surroundings than the castle at Castelnaud where they then lived. They lived at the castle until 1535, and after that continued to visit often.

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Chateau de Montfort

Chateau Montfort is four kilometres west of Carsac-Aillac in the eastern part of the Dordogne.

The chateau de Montfort is placed high on a rocky ledge overhanging the village of Montfort, and the cliffs and broad meander in the Dordogne river below.

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