Chateau d'Usse, Rigny-Usse

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. Before you visit Rigny-Usse, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • Nice castle to visit. However, during the Covid-19 period, the castle is sometimes a bit small (corridors and rooms) to allow the visit to run in one walking direction. You pass a lot very close to...  more »
  • A beautiful château with a large garden. The price to enter the grounds and the castle is reasonable. There are a lot of steps to take inside the chateau as well as outside, so I suggest to plan your....  more »
  • This chateau is kind of out of the way but worth finding. The gardens and caves are charming, it has a church that survived the revolution and the chateau itself is well maintained with a Sleeping...  more »
  • Wow! Even though we were there in winter, the castle and its grounds were superb. The sleeping beauty exhibit, even though for younger visitors, was really cool as it takes you to hidden areas of the castle. The rest of the castle is superb, well worth a visit!
  • This property has unfortunately been abused. We were disappointed in how run down the castle is. You are not allowed to view all of it, of course. The part that you were allowed to view, needs some TLC and cleaning. I understand that the family lives on the property. How fortunate, to be a part of such a wonderful history However, they need to show some respect and honor for that heritage and dust off the journals of their family history, furnishings, etc.If your foundation isn’t repaired’ll be looking for a new home! I hope your government can help you! I hope the family reads my comments. Please care more for this wonderful asset of French history.
  • Enchanting fairytale castle. Great for kids as you wind your way through the towers, turrets, attics and dungeons telling the story of sleeping beauty through delightfully staged scenes.
  • Stunning castle and apparently the source of inspiration for 'sleeping beauty'. Very easy parking immediately outside, and the views of the castle are terrific. We didn't go inside as it was closed season, but thoroughly enjoyed admiring a truly impressive & romantic looking castle.
  • The facade of the chateau is very impressive, the garden is great too, however, I need to deduct one star because of the bizarre human figures arranged in each and every room (even the stairway!) The period clothes of the figures are not in medieval or renaissance style, rather, the 1920s or around, not sure why they want to spoil the otherwise lovely rooms and interior. The sleeping beauty tower is fun, but perhaps you need to be a child to really appreciate the style deployed in recreating the famous fairytale.

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