The castle of Hautefort is found on a plateau above the town. The castle that you see now mainly dates from the 17th century when the former castle was converted into a renaissance palace. In the 1960s, there had been fire that had damaged lots of the castle, but it was nicely renovated. You can visit several rooms in the castle, like the great hall, dining room and tapestry room, with furniture from the 17th and 18th century. Besides, there’s a nice chapel, and room with the village, and also an underground passage with an old kitchen which was currently renovated. You can climb up one of the towers as well, and admire the wooden roof construction which fortunately did not burn down during the big fire. Besides the woodwork of the chapel, this one is the only original woodwork.
Admission: adults 8,50€, children 4€.
We got a leaflet with some information on the castle in German which was very helpful. Only the translation was sometimes really funny, it mentioned an underground railway in the castle!
In front of the castle, you can enjoy a French formal garden which was redone in 1853 with many box hedges, flowers and trees. It must be lots of work to cut the trees like that!
There’s also a green tunnel made thujas, which probably is a great place on hot days!
On the other side of the castle, is a huge landscape gardens, rather a forest, with several paths and nice views on the countryside.
The admission to the castle allows to visit both the inside of the castle and the gardens.
We had walked down to the town from the village and came across a few restaurants. We finally decided to dine at the “Auberge du Parc” and as we didn’t have a reservation we couldn’t sit outside but instead had to sit inside which was nice as well. As always in France it takes a bit until you get the menu and can order, but then we didn’t have to wait too long for the food. I only had the “Salade de Crudités” which probably was the best arranged medley of salad that I ever had. And it also was good!
Family run restaurant in the shadow of the local castle: The Chateau de Hautefort. Lovely outdoor terrace, and inside there is a little shop with homemade foie gras and confits etc...
They speak english, which was helpful, and they are child friendly, offering crayons and paper to my friend's son. We had a fantastic meal, and recommend it to everyone: Foodies, families, couples, etc..!
Be sure to make reservations in high season, as it is always full! that should tell you how good it is!
Favorite Dish: We recommend you try “Le Seigneur” appetizer, a fantastic warm foie gras dish with plums and chestnuts. The vegetarian plate is a meal in itself and the best vegetarian option we have found in the Dordogne! The main course of magret de canard in a wild mushroom sauce was also a favorite! And the desserts were fantastic also, with a warm chocolate cake.
Don't miss this memorable restaurant!