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Chateau d'Usse

37420 Rigny-Usse, France
+33 2 47 95 54 05
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Sleeping Beauty!

We drove past Usse a few years ago but didn't have the time to stop. We made it a point this year... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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Sweet wee chateau

We actually quite liked this cute wee castle. We saw it before going to its bigger cousins which... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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See the inspiration for the fairy-tale castle in Sleeping Beauty: Charles Perrault, the author of the popular tale, was so impressed he decided on this castle as the setting of his story.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good41%
  • Average21%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible2%
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“fairy tale” (31 reviews)
“loire valley” (11 reviews)
37420 Rigny-Usse, France
+33 2 47 95 54 05
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove past Usse a few years ago but didn't have the time to stop. We made it a point this year. The sleeping beauty tie-in was cute but the history, architecture and well manicured gardens are the real reason to see this chateau. I...More

1  Thank cmayfield510
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We actually quite liked this cute wee castle. We saw it before going to its bigger cousins which helps,but in any case it's lovely and I didn't mind the entrance fee knowing that it's helping the owners to maintain the place. I would hate to...More

1  Thank whattosay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Of all the chateaus we visited, this was the worse, and the most expensive, the book had a glowing write up. I suggest you give it a miss, not very interesting @14 euros pp not worth the journey

Thank david s
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

The entrance fee is the most expensive out of all the château's. They had manikins everywhere as they were showing some sort of collection (I'm not sure what the connection was). It was almost like walking through Downton abbey because of all the manikins around...More

Thank Mexirice
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Well nothing could have been more exciting and pleasant than for me to find this chateau years ago almost by accident after coming our of visiting the town of Chinon and its chateau. It took place many years ago long before the range of calendar...More

Thank GiudoLocattelli
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Chateau d' usse was a real find on our travels, perched up high overlooking the village and river it is a must do if you love chateau's. The Chateau has lots of interesting history some of which is written about out side the Chateau's own...More

2  Thank lindakthomas
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The chateau is a fairy tale itself, and is worthy of its title of being the inspiration for the story of Sleeping Beauty. Not modernised, or 'Disney-like', there is so much to see and even more history to experience when your there.

Thank JackSara K
Reviewed 28 March 2017

This is an impressive privately owned castle that is doing its best to earn an income while keeping the castle in working order. The current owner, since the early 19th century is the Duc de Blacas and balancing the need for an income and keeping...More

Thank Grant T
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Castle itself is very nice, alongside with mannequin reenactment of different time periods. But don't expect too much from the "Sleeping beauty" exposition. It's not bad, but nothing too great either

Thank Serhii K
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Nice storybook around the Sleeping Beauty. The kids liked it. The outside appearance of the castle is spectacular too.

Thank MichaelFaraday
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Roberto C
Hello, It seems from the website the Chateau d'Usse will be closed during the month of December when we are planning to spend a week at the Loire Valley. Are there exterior areas such as gardens around the castle that we can visit and take pictures of the castle? Or will it be all closed say from a gate far from the castle and one cannot even come close? Thank you in advance, Roberto
11 December 2016|
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Response from Blaxhall | Reviewed this property |
I think you will find that both the chateau, gardens and the chapel will be closed tightly over the holiday period. However, all is not lost. The chateau itself is situated on a bluff facing across the surrounding lands... More
Is it better to rent a car or to go in a tour?
9 April 2015|
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Response from belleretraite | Reviewed this property |
We also rented a car and we had a GPS which we found quite helpful ! Beside the châteaux close to Rigny-Usse we also visited 2 of the most beautiful villages of France : Candes Saint-Martin and Monsoreau .