Chateau d'Usse, Rigny-Usse

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. Before you visit Rigny-Usse, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • We enjoyed visiting this chateau and were pleasantly surprised by the story with characters in various rooms depicting the story of Sleeping Beauty. It was a beautiful, clear day and the countryside i...  more »
  • A site very well maintained, with a staging of costumes "Good old days" in the halls of the Castle and the theme of "sleeping beauty" by Charles Perrault in the attic. A family!
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  • The Château d ' Ussé in addition to being a beautiful property with a lovely garden, has a few rooms that tell the story of the story of Princess Aurora, or sleeping beauty. The children loved the experience. There is also deep in the Castle a cave that shows how the blocks and parts of the Castle were carved.
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  • Better in the outside than in the inside, which was decorated in the 1920's style - except for the Sleeping Beauty tower where the original style of the castle was maintained and was gorgeous. The kids also truly enjoyed the Sleeping Beauty displays. The chapel in the gardens was also really nice.
  • 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!
  • Definitely go. Preferably by bike from a near village. And picnic on the way..
  • 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.
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