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Chateau d'Usse, Rigny-Usse
(3.2/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Entry rates are really a shame, that we people come here with your family. We are not cows to milk, that is really the complaint that can be done to these private castles who abuse and take advantage of the vein "restoration and heritage"... The Castle has for interest came from Charles Perrault and his creation of the account of the beauty sleep. The "Belle Époque" part where you can see wax mannequins dressed with unique pieces is interesting but without more, this still does not justify the entry of 14 euros per adult over 16 years. Really to do not advise if you are more than 3 people.
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  • Village, Usse Castle impresses by its extravagance. Inside, a real pedagogical desire around its furniture made over the centuries by different owners but it is somewhat monotonous. On the Museum side of wax with the presentation of beautiful bathroom and around the tale of the beautiful sleeping, he has not conquered us. Finally we have most enjoyed this are short films with the gardener, the roofer and sculptor. A respectful work place, led by owners and these men, which we welcome.
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  • Usse Castle is still inhabited by the owner. The visitable parts are well appointed, with historical re-enactments. For children the present top of the scenes of the beautiful sleeping, parts are accessible from the walkway, it is really well done. In the area you can also visit a nice renaissance Chapel, cellars and pleasant gardens to the French. In short a nice Castle
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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.