Chateau de Puyguilhem visitor guide

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The Chateau de Puyguilhem is near Villars in the northern part of the Dordogne department (north-east of Brantome and west of Saint-Jean-de-Cole).

The castle is in a lovely setting, with a sweeping open valley of meadows in front of the castle and the oak forests typical of the perigord region to the rear.

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Built in the 16th century on the site of an earlier castle Puyguilhem is a fine Renaissance castle, and in this respect is more typical in style of the castles in the Loire Valley than the Dordogne region - except perhaps for the lack of symmetry in the design, which owes more to the earlier gothic style of architecture.

The round tower that dominates the left side of the front of Puyguilhem is influenced by earlier medieval defensive castles.

Facade of Château de Puyguilhem

Visiting Chateau de Puyguilhem

After a long period of neglect, by the beginning of the 20th century the castle was falling into severe disrepair. Large scale restoration of the castle began after the Second World War, and the chateau is now once again brought to life, helped by the tapestries and furnishings of the period that have now been reinstated at Puyguilhem

The setting is lovely and the views around the castle are very picturesque. Sadly the lake that was once in the valley below the Chateau de Puyguilhem is there no more - but the views down the valley from the chateau remain very attractive all the same.

It is also the decorative renaissance elements that are highlights of a visit, including the spiral staircase, steep roofs, ornate fireplaces and the intricate detail to the chimneys and window surrounds. Particular highlights include the fine carpentry work to some of the ceilings in the castle and a monumental fireplace.

The castle is open to visitors all year round. Chateau Puyguilhem is a listed Historic Monument in France. See also Dordogne castles.

Great Hall in Château de Puyguilhem

Attractions nearby

Among the most interesting places to visit close to the Chateau de Puyguilhem, we recommend the pretty little village of Saint-Jean-de-Cole, and the charming small town of Brantome, on the Isle river.

See more castles in France. You can find more travel ideas in the Dordogne guide and the Aquitaine guide.

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Saint-Jean-de-Cole is a small but very pretty village with a nice church and beautiful riverside setting

Saint-Jean-de-Cole guide


In an idyllic setting on the Isle River and with an imposing abbey, Brantome is a very enjoyable town to explore

Brantome guide
Brantome Abbey

Brantome Abbey

Brantome Abbey is an impressive abbey with troglodyte caves in the beautiful town of Brantome.

Brantome Abbey guide


Nontron is a quiet town within the Perigord-Limousin Regional Natural Park to the north of the Dordogne

Nontron guide


Thiviers is a very typical Dordogne market town, best known for the foie gras produced in the surrounding countryside

Thiviers guide
Le Bouquet

Le Bouquet

The Jardin du Bouquet is a large park containing 50 different gardens of clipped box formed into different geometric patterns.

Le Bouquet guide

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