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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  • Very beautiful outside, but inside it is very short! The side prison is really anything, the cellars have no interest. The tower with the beautiful u sleeping beauty it is not bad at all for children as well as the puzzles through the visit! Directed by our garden is beautiful but very short!
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  • Super Castle we at loved, the chappel, the garden, the Watchtower ect... In addition to puzzles to find for kids friendly... Council without hesitation
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  • The Castle, cellars, the Chapel and gardens are very beautiful. However it is a shame to visit only a few pieces saw the rather high price of admission.
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  • Can really see how it inspired Sleeping Beauty. They also re-created the story inside part of the chateau, which is funny for adults and fun for kids. Knowing too that the chateau is still inhabited was interested and added a nice perspective that you are actually touring someones beautiful home
  • My absolute favorite! If you are visiting the Loire Valley, you must take time to visit this chateau. Settled on the edge of a large forest, it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. This is also the castle that inspired the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. You will not be disappointed!
  • Although the gardens is nice and the castle looks okay from the outside, this place is not worth your time considering all the beautiful castles in the region that cost considerably less. Since half the castle is blocked for entry, 14 euro's is abusive. I would advise you to take a picture from the outside.
  • 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!
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