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The Château de Monbazillac

If you get out and about in the area around the 5 star Château de Fonrives campsite don’t miss a visit to the Château de Monbazillac. A fabulous site with an architecture that is both unique and original! Located on a hilltop in the Dordogne valley it has been a listed historical monument since 1941. Built by Charles d’Aydie in around 1550, the Château became the property of the Cave de Monbazillac in 1960. Today it sits in the midst of 25 hectares of vineyard, renowned for the quality of the white wines it produces. So, like thousands of other visitors each year, come and discover this monument that has been witness to so much of the region’s history. At the end of your tour you will even be able to enjoy a wine-tasting. Truly a visit fit for a king!

An introduction to the Château de Monbazillac

Lying just a few kilometres south of Bergerac, the Château de Monbazillac combines the defensive architecture typical of the middle ages with the aesthetic style of the Renaissance. As you approach along the wide drive that leads to the château, you can appreciate a near-perfect view of the building in all its splendour. And having reached its terraces, admire the breathtaking panorama over a sea of vines. As for the interior of the château, each of its rooms is decorated with care and attention to detail.
Amongst other subjects, they explain all about:

  • Vine-growing and wine-making 
  • Religions 
  • 17th century furniture from the Périgord 
  • Italian baroque furniture

The wine museum is certainly not to be missed and, even more so, the “bottle room”. One of the château’s must-see features, it is situated below ground in the cellars, themselves partially carved out of the underlying rock.

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The Château de Monbazillac: a popular tourist destination

The incredibly rich museum of the Château de Monbazillac and the diversity of its historic heritage make this monument the perfect tourist destination. The interior of the château offers no less than three floors for you to explore. Start on the ground floor, where you can’t miss the great hall with its majestic Renaissance fireplace. But don’t forget to appreciate the furniture and tapestries from Flanders, inviting you on a journey to the heart of the 17th century.

The first floor features the carefully recreated bedroom of the Viscountess de Monbazillac, furnished in Louis XIII style. Plus of course the many other rooms, each as sublime as the others, located both on this level and the two others.

With everything it has to offer it is hardly surprising that the Château de Monbazillac is so appreciated by visitors and tourists alike. This is undeniably one monument where both its setting and its interior combine originality and exceptional charm.

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