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Château et Jardins de Losse
Château et jardins de Losse
"Renaissance in Périgord"
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Château et jardins de Losse

"Renaissance in Périgord"
You will find the Castle and Gardens of Losse (classified grade 1 by the Ministry of Culture) at a distance of 5Km from the Lascaux caves on the D706 road to the Eyzies.
The Losse castle originally a Mediaeval fortress overlooks the Vézère Valley. The site has retained an impressive defence system with a moat, cannon towers, watchpath and a barbizan.
Access to the courtyard of the castle is over a stone bridge under the largest gatehouse in South West France. Within the walls, the Renaissance Hall, an architectural jewel was built in 1576 by Jean de Losse.
The Marquess of Losse, a valiant and brilliant strategist fought in the wars against Emperor Charles V, served all the sons of Catherine de Medici and was tutor to the future Henry IV. He became Governor of Guyenne at the end of his life.
The elegant Renaissance architecture, with its fine façade sculpture and proportions is a fitting showcase for the interior fine décor and remarquable period furniture, paintings and tapestries.
The Renaissance style gardens are listed Grade 1 by the French Ministry of Culture and are also labelled "Jardin Remarquable" since 2004.
An enchanting labyrinthine walk in the Charmille, leads to a view of the Vézere downstream. Within the fortress walls, the tonnelle opens up to the roselined watch-path and leads to the "jardin bas" enclosing the lavender parterres and a view upstream from the knot garden.
The park offers a shaded walk to baths carved out of the rock.
Losse is an ideal setting for films. So far it has been a site for "Cinderella" and various French historic films.

Dates and opening hours

Open everyday from 1st May to 30th September.

May, June, September : 12h00 -18h00
July – August : 11H00 – 18H00
Closed on Saturdays except on public holidays weekends.


Reservation for groups : april to october.

Printed guide texts : English, Spanish, German, Deutch, Italian, Chinese, Russian.

Services

  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant snack
  • Giftshop
  • Free parking
  • Toilets
  • Animals not permitted
  • Photos allowed
  • Holiday cheques accepted
  • Monument historique
  • Jardin remarquable
  • Vallée de la Vézère
  • Dordogne en famille
  • Tourism and handicap
  • Partial access for persons with reduced mobility
  • Guide Vert
  • Guide Michelin
  • Guide du Routard
  • Guide Petit Fûté
  • Site classé
* This route is provided for information. You may have to follow a different route because of works, traffic jam, weather conditions, diversions or other disturbances.

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