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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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  • We drove past Usse a few years ago but didn't have the time to stop. We made it a point this year. The sleeping beauty tie-in was cute but the history, architecture and well manicured gardens are the ...  more »
  • We actually quite liked this cute wee castle. We saw it before going to its bigger cousins which helps,but in any case it's lovely and I didn't mind the entrance fee knowing that it's helping the owne...  more »
  • Of all the chateaus we visited, this was the worse, and the most expensive, the book had a glowing write up. I suggest you give it a miss, not very interesting @14 euros pp not worth the journey  more »
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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.