Chateau de Puymartin, Sarlat-la-Caneda

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Take a guided tour through Chateau de Puymartin, a castle originally built in the 13th century. Access is by tour only, and you'll get a thorough explanation of sumptuous tapestries, antiques, and other curios housed within. The property was enlarged in 1450 and restored in the 19th century, remaining in the hands of the Saint-Clar family until the 18th century, when it was abandoned--although some say one of the Saint-Clars never left. Legend has it that 16th-century occupant Teresa Saint-Clar roams the ramparts of the castle at night. Teresa was surprised with her lover by her husband, and as punishment was imprisoned in a small room in the tower for 15 years. The story goes that upon his death, she was walled into the room. Guided tours are in French only, but an informational brochure is available in English. Use our Sarlat-la-Caneda vacation planner to visit Chateau de Puymartin on your trip to Sarlat-la-Caneda, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Lovely castle with beautiful pieces furnished by the ever-present chatelains. Do with the guided tour: we were lucky to have Sarah very dynamic and didactic guide...
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  • August 15, 2017
    We booked for the night tour and were very curious to discover the "show sound and light". Big disappointment... Already we waited 3/4 hours after the scheduled start of the visit because the previous groups had fallen behind.. .so visit at 11:15.. .it is a little late! Then the guide was very well, humor and knowledge, nothing to say. However smoke and balloons to accompany the fables of la Fontaine, although it was played well but we expect the period costumes, scenes of front... Unfortunately no, we regretted this output.
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  • August 15, 2017
    We are visiting this castle with our two daughters, 7 and 9 years. They participated in the workshop of falconry disguised Princess and Falconer, presented by the owner places it even, and it was great fun! Then we attended the show of falconry, which was also very nice! Then the children were fed exotic birds. Then we went to restore us to the brewery who practice affordable for a simple but tasty food. Then direction for a dip in the middle of the parakeets bird cage, the girls were in ecstasies! To finish the visit by the gardens and the Castle. The castle is a great surprise because it traces the hectic life of josephine Baker, we really liked it a lot, armed with an audio guide you do the tour at your own pace. We arrived at 10: 00 and are left at 15:45. Children have their own audio guide. To conclude we are delighted with our visit. Sure we will be back when the chapel will be open to the public so see you in 2020!
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  • July 30, 2017
    We have been a week ago. It's beautiful. Furnished and well maintained. I highly recommend it. Not you can stroll through the gardens without input.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Lovely castle with beautiful pieces furnished by the ever-present chatelains. Do with the guided tour: we were lucky to have Sarah very dynamic and didactic guide...
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  • August 3, 2017
    The guide says the history of the castle with a lot of realism. We are blown away by the place. A must see
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  • August 16, 2017
    Nocturnal visit very interesting. Friendly guide. Even the White Lady was there!
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  • August 14, 2017
    Very disappointed with the visit. Only 1 third of the castle to visit and not the better level architecture. Outwardly beautiful with its surroundings
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