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Chateau d'Usse, Rigny-Usse

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Castle Tourist Spot
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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  • The visit might be worth for families with kids. I didn't enjoy the rooms and found this visit disappointing.  more »
  • Beautiful castle that the visit to explore caves in the attic, with the added bonus this course around the story of the sleeping beauty, which strangely reminds adaptation by Jacques Demy's donkey skin, kitsch at will. My 10 year old daughter loved staged with the wax mannequins and, in particular, the dresses of the heroine. The Chapel is worth a visit. The small game riddles for children encourage them to take the time to browse through each piece.
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  • We visited this castle and another (Langlais) on the same day. Morning visit here was good fun: the origins as a fort can be seen, as well as the conversion to a castle. Top floor of the castle is ded...  more »
  • Charming, well appointed and kept. Their presentation of "Sleeping Beauty" is very well done - fun fur kids too. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here, without huge crowds was also a plus!
  • For someone who is used to the British style "castle tour" Usse is the French alternative that comes closest. The Sleeping Beauty tour is very well designed taking you across the walls and attic of the castle hunting for the next tableau. Even if you know the story, as an adult, you will still enjoy the round. Free parking across the street.
  • Too Disney, too musty. Enjoy the outside from the road. There are many better choices to buy a ticket.
  • 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"

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