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Chateau d'Usse, Rigny-Usse

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An astounding array of glistening white sandstone, slate rooftops in blue, and whimsical towers fill your waking dreams as you approach Chateau d'Usse. "Sleeping Beauty" author, Charles Perrault, was so enamored with this castle that it inspired him to write his famous 17th century tale. This castle wasn't built for bloody battles, and it has always managed to evade the bedlam of war. The romantic and playful mood comes from its flamboyant Gothic and Renaissance architecture--authenticity that not even Walt Disney could outdo.

Costumed characters greet you on your tour through themed chambers warmed by the glow of wood-burning fireplaces. Each room is filled with the legend and the history of lavish 19th century fashions, fine bone china and real silverware on the dining room table, and bedchambers whisking you off to fairytale dreams. Be sure to climb the spiral staircases with your kids until you find the wax figure of Sleeping Beauty resting in her tower.

After your tour, stroll the gardens to take in the majestic cedars, the surrounding Chinon Forest, and the majestic views of the chateau from the walkway. Keep a lookout for small, but elusive details, such as intricate carvings on many outdoor installations and entryways. Let your inspiration flow with a fun-filled visit to the castle that created the very fabric of fairytale dreams. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Chateau d'Usse and many more Rigny-Usse attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Rigny-Usse vacation trip planner.
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  • Nice storybook around the Sleeping Beauty. The kids liked it. The outside appearance of the castle is spectacular too.  more »
  • It is called the sleeping beauty Castle because it would have inspired Charles Perrault for his tale. This former stronghold has been transformed over the years to become this beautiful Renaissance Castle it is today. It is imposing and majestic. During his visit we discover he has a rich furniture and very large Flemish tapestries. In addition, we meet many stagings. Even the beautiful sleeping beauty in his stagings. When we leave the Castle go see the beautiful gardens French designed by our (gardens of Versailles) and the terraces reinforced by Vauban. Then you move to the cellars dug into the tufa (local stone) have discovered re-enactments of scenes harvest and vinification and even a small chapel dedicated to St. Vincent, patron of winemakers. Then we visit the stables where you can admire vehicles of the period as well as a collection of harness in the tack room. We finished our visit by the Collegiate Church of Usse with its architecture Renaissance. In passing we admired the beautiful cedar of the Lebanon offered by Châteaubriant. The entrance fee is very expensive but it is has many see and more beautiful things. We can devote almost half a day
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  • 14 euros entry price without audio guide and without guided tour it's very expensive! There is not a lot of rooms to visit and most are dated. Although the scenography on the beautiful sleeping beauty (especially the cave of the witch with her Raven and his grimoire!) woke up a bit my inner child, this is not enough! However, the Chapel and garden are lovely. The façade of the castle is beautiful and full of dust attic has a magic that I enjoyed! Do with very young children if we have the budget!
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  • Was in the Loire Valley for 3 days and visited 4 chateaus in that time and this was my least favourite. That said, the fairytale of sleeping beauty has some origins here and I found the exhibition to be kitsch, but younger children who were there were very excited.
  • Very beautiful castle. Also cool for younger kids the have imitations of "doornroosje"
  • Quieter than most chateaux, very eccentric and worth a visit !
  • Very beautiful castle in a very quiet place.
  • Pretty sure it's the château that inspired beauty and the beast... Or one of those Disney cartoons.