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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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  • The chateau of sleeping beauty. Not been for a very long time, but have such fond memories of visiting this magical place with my friend and her mother. 
  • visit with the children it was very interesting and alive, they loved the visit and we also as well as the exteriors of course... Not to be missed
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  • This looks like something from a fairy tale and one of the exhibits has a sleeping beauty theme. Allow a good couple of hours for the visit. Like most places like this it does not cater well for the d...  more »
  • 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.