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chateau de Sauveboeuf, Montignac

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  • Remarkable place to visit if you are in the Dordogne. The castle is beautiful and has a large collection of prehistoric objects, enthusiasts will be delighted! The atmosphere is friendly, the owner is listening if necessary. It was a pleasure to visit this castle and its Museum, thank you!
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  • Last Sunday we wanted to visit this castle... But... There was a wedding so to please our son Sir sweet owner of the Castle said ilan, when even made us a visit! This gentleman is a passionate... That this castle is remarkable! You must see it and take 2 or 3 hours of visits! Thank you Sir for your kindness and your kindness we will soon see you Bizs at all
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  • Great Castle, very warm welcome by Mathilde & Laurent. They are really listening and very available. I highly recommend this place for an event.
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  • Fascinating collection in a beautiful setting.
  • This castle, located halfway between Terrasson and Montignac, at first glance looks ‘a bit off’. Information panels inform you about the bad state it was in when the current owner (a well known French TV personality) found it. Clearly he spend a small fortune to restore the roofs, chimneys, and opening the closed-up windows. It seems there was just not enough budget left for the finishing touches. We walked through the showcase rooms and found some interesting pieces of antique and curiosity, but again some of the furniture and furnishings seem awkwardly misplaced. We had finished most of the self-guided tour when a large 17th century painting in the ‘Oberkampf room’ caught our eye. It depicts the African Maria over seeing a battle field (probably in present day Tunisia) between Christian and ‘Turkish’ forces. The Turks carrying their flag with ‘crescents’ , the information materials explained it was this battle that inspired French bakers to produce their ‘eat the Turks’ ‘croissants’... So far the experience would have hardly warranted ‘3 stars’, but just before the exit into the shop, there is a stair (on the right behind doors) going down to the basement. The vaulted spaces are the oldest surviving parts of the castle and harbor a great surprise. A very large collection of (pre)historic materials, the core of the collection dating back to a time before the ‘prehistory’ was actually recognized. If you visited the sites around Les Eyzies-de-Tayak, read a little and received a passionate introduction to the ‘history of this history’ (Laugerie-haut), a lot starts to fall in place here… It is quite unbelievable how early ‘treasure hunters’ went about ‘excavating’, ‘finding’ and ‘taking away’. In the process distributing/dispersing/disturbing materials. The collection on display is truly spectacular in size and scope, a couple of objects from about every dig between here and Bordeaux! And many objects are truly amazing works of art; carved bones and statuettes, even an oil-lamp from Lascaux cave…these are not the ‘crumbs that fell of the table’. It really makes you wonder what else was carted-off and disappeared into dusty drawers without even the most basic documentation. At least this collection is open to the public, though you need to ‘chance-upon-it’. Good to read there are students from all over the world visiting and studying these objects. They are sure worth it. To be clear; I do not blame the owners for the cavalier methods of the past, in a way the collection is as much (modern) history as the objects on display. Thought provoking.
  • Thank you for this wonderful visit timeless discover yesterday to understand what we are today and no school way that charm and stirs our curiosity throughout this trip without ever tiring. The host of these places is rich in knowledge of this passion which he modestly shares with those who as we have discovered by chance the way to this beautiful place. Do not leave this beautiful area without having seen this castle and its treasures it you won't be disappointed.
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  • The castle restored by a former advertising without any help from the State. We had the privilege to visit by the exceptionally present owner at the scene because living in Switzerland and in the United States. A character that this Sir, typed De Gaulle, with one of the biggest existing collections of prehistoric objects whose part discovered by himself (knives, axes stone, jewelry) carefully presented in large cellars. This man has worked with the biggest celebrities and has greatly contributed to the opening of the new Lascaux. It also has a wonderful exhibition of insects. A large room with a huge table in Oak of 600 kg can be rented for festive events. My respects, Mr Douce, for the work done. And thanks again for your kindness.
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  • Very nice great visit with the owner. Do
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