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Visit Losse Castle and Gardens

Activity - Holidays & weekends in Thonac

Visit Losse Castle and Gardens - Activity - Holidays & weekends in Thonac
Culture and education

(D706) route des Eyzies - Thonac

You will find the Castle and Gardens of Losse (classified grade 1 by the Ministry of Culture) at a distance of 5 km 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 defense system with a moat, canon towers, Watchpath and a barbizan. Access to the courtyard of the castle is over a stone bridge under the largest gate house 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.

Rates

Visit Losse Castle and Gardens
1h30 - 1 person
950 €
1h30 - 20 people
750 €

Contact

Château et Jardins de Losse
+33 5 53 50 80 08
Languages spoken:

Practical information

EstablishmentChâteau et Jardins de Losse
Participants' profileAll ages
In detail
  • Guided tour

The commented visit of the remarkable decoration and period furniture (xix and xvi) of the Grand Logis brings to life the refined atmosphere of the Renaissance during the reigns of the sons of Catherine de Medici. The route of gardens introduced from Italy in the sixteenth century extends this historical evocation. Videos from TV shows and illustrating trellising techniques.

  • Great treasure hunt

A treasure hunt is launched for young visitors to discover the natural and historical site while having fun. In search of hidden boxes of jean ii losse master places in the seventeenth. They will solve puzzles by improving their knowledge in order to win the "Treasure".

The "labyrinthine" mini-tour in bamboos is particularly popular with little ones accompanied.

  • Access to underground chambers

The Tower of the Spur delivers its mystery. Through a staircase carved into the rock, you can access two underground rooms to discover the well that has been supplying the castle for over 500 years. Visit at leisure gardens, medieval towers, ramparts, moats and park.

Establishment policy

BookingNot required
PaymentCheque, cash

Opening times

From 1 may to 30 september
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
12h00 - 18h00
12h00 - 18h00
12h00 - 18h00
12h00 - 18h00
12h00 - 18h00
Closed
12h00 - 18h00
From 1 july to 31 august
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
11h00 - 18h00
11h00 - 18h00
11h00 - 18h00
11h00 - 18h00
11h00 - 18h00
Closed
11h00 - 18h00
From 1 may to 30 september
Monday
12h00 - 18h00
Tuesday
12h00 - 18h00
Wednesday
12h00 - 18h00
Thursday
12h00 - 18h00
Friday
12h00 - 18h00
SaturdayClosed
Sunday
12h00 - 18h00
From 1 july to 31 august
Monday
11h00 - 18h00
Tuesday
11h00 - 18h00
Wednesday
11h00 - 18h00
Thursday
11h00 - 18h00
Friday
11h00 - 18h00
SaturdayClosed
Sunday
11h00 - 18h00

Places of interest nearby

Castle Gardens of Losse (1340 yd)
Castle of Losse (1380 yd)
Manor of La Vermondie (1.1 mi)
Leaning Tower of La Vermondie (1.1 mi)
Church Saint-Pantaléon (1.3 mi)
Cemetery of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère (1.4 mi)
Castle of Cramirat (1.5 mi)
Church Saint-Pantaléon (1.5 mi)
Manor of la Salle (1.5 mi)
Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère (1.6 mi)

Events nearby

Last nameDescriptionDateCity
Sarlat Fest'Oie
A festival dedicated to foie gras and traditional fatted goose cuisineMarch 2019Sarlat-la-Canéda (10.3 mi)
Truffle Festival
A gourmet event in honour of the black Périgord truffleJanuary 2020Sarlat-la-Canéda (10.4 mi)
Sim Copans Festival
A festival for jazz-lovers at the foot of a Romanesque abbeyFrom 13 to 20 july 2019Souillac (19.8 mi)

Restaurants nearby

Last nameStyleRateCity
Café Lascaux
French cuisine25 € Montignac (3.7 mi)
Château de la Fleunie
French cuisine25 € Condat-sur-Vézère (7.1 mi)
Nosco
South-West15 € Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil (7.7 mi)
La Maison
French cuisine25 € Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil (7.8 mi)
Le Centenaire
French cuisine40 € Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil (7.8 mi)
Hostellerie du Passeur
South-West19 € Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil (7.8 mi)

Outings nearby

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Boucle of Rouffignac
Mountain bike itineraryEasy1h00Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac (6.9 mi)
Loop Limeuil
HikeIntermediate4h30Limeuil (14.6 mi)
Historic walk in Lanmary Forest
HikeIntermediate5h00Antonne-et-Trigonant (19.1 mi)
Saint-Michel d'Auberoche Chapel
HikeIntermediate4h00Antonne-et-Trigonant (19.1 mi)
Banks of the Isle River
Cycling itineraryEasy4h00Trélissac (20 mi)
Red sandstone
HikeEasy1h15Vars-sur-Roseix (20 mi)

Accommodation nearby

Last nameAccommodation typeRateCity
Hotel Archambeau
Hotel75 € to 115 € per nightThonac
Hotel du Parc
Hotel49 € to 82 € per nightThonac
Auberge de Castel-Merle
Hotel68 € to 91 € per nightSergeac (1.8 mi)
The Mas du Ponteil
Vacation rental200 € to 890 € per weekSergeac (1.9 mi)
Chateau de Puy Robert
Hotel99 € to 179 € per nightMontignac (2.9 mi)
Walnut Store
Vacation rental340 € to 585 € per weekPeyzac-le-Moustier (3.2 mi)
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