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Castle of Jumilhac

5 Centuries of History, Art and Architecture in the Haut-Périgord

The castle of Jumilhac

Just like Saint-Yrieix at 12 kilometers, the castle of Jumilhac formed, at the steps of the Limousin and Périgord, a line of Defense during the raids visigothes, franques, Saracens, Norman and English (1190), not forgetting the hundred years war.

Many times rebuilt and enlarged, it was redone in the Renaissance and covered (1600) of these roofs which today make its reputation. These cones, pepper and pyramids, adorned with ridges with seigneurial and alchemical allegories, are unique in France and make Jumilhac the "Black Pearl" of the Haut Périgord.

In the seventeenth century, the walls, the square towers of advanced defense and the outbuildings were transformed with splendour into the body of habitation and reception, giving to the House of the Marquis of Jumilhac (1655), splendor and magnificence.

Large panelled living room, parqueted at the Versailles and animated by hunting scenes, staircase of apparat Louis XIII, dining room with rosettes in pisé, kitchen with brass in drums, themed gardens on the terrace (gold and Alchemy),..., contrasted with the austere atmosphere of the fileUse House, Louise de Hautefort, imprisoned for 30 years in the feudal committed Tower.

Visits to the castle of Jumilhac and its gardens:

The Castle

All year round, your guide will take you through the ages, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. 1 hour, you will discover the history of the Jumilhac family. You will meet Louise de Hautefort, "la Fileuse" in her room and discover her legend.

Night tours :

From 1 June to 30 September
Tuesdays from June to September and Thursdays in July and August, at 9.30pm.
Reservation recommended.

Come and discover the castle by torchlight and to the sound of baroque music. Follow your guide from the Middle Ages to the present day on a journey through time.

In July and August, dinners on the terraces or in the stalls are offered on Tuesdays at 7.30 pm: you can spend a whole evening in this magnificent setting!

The roof:

You can follow the covered way and climb the highest tower of the castle to have an exceptional view of the Isle valley. A new tour, inaugurated in June 2021, allows you to discover the frameworks and the marvellous architectural work of construction as much as of repair of our craftsmen carpenters and roofers. (At 1pm and on reservation)

The gardens

Stroll through the French-style gardens, created in accordance with the principles of Le Nôtre, King Louis XIV's gardener, and the layout of the old gardens. You will discover a rose garden, a plant maze, a mini-planetarium, all overlooking the Isle valley from the top of its terraces which used to go down to the river 40m below.

Hire for your events:

The Château de Jumilhac welcomes you for the rental of reception rooms for your weddings, family events, conferences, seminars, concerts and cocktails

Modular Depending on the event, the reception rooms are built around a vaulted carriageway (60 m²) giving access to :

  • On the same level as the terraced gardens overlooking the Isle valley and adjoining the church (former chapel of the XIIth century).èmeXVème and XVIIème century),
  • To the old vaulted stalls (95 m²) also serving as a possible fallback site,
  • At Salons Richelieu of 1er floor consisting of the Cardinal's Room (65 m²) and the adjacent President of the Council Room (200 m²) with use of the adjoining curtain wall.

A 45 m² extension (small living room, pantry, bedroom and bathroom) is left to the discretion of the table service, the children, the cloakroom...

Tariff details

Visit Castle and Gardens:
-Adults: 9.00 euros
-Reduced (12-17 years, students, large families): 7.50 euros
-Children (5-11 years): 5.50 euros

Visit Gardens:
-Adults: 4 euros
-Reduced (12-17 years, students, large families): 3 euros
-Children (5-11 years): 2 euros

Dates and Times

Open all year (except Christmas and new year)

From 1 January to 31 March: Saturdays and Sundays from 14h to 18h, then every day-from 1 April to 31 May: from 2pm to 6pm,-from 1 June to 30 September: from 10am to 7pm, with Nocturnes (9.30 pm) on Tuesdays (+ Thursdays in July-August) ,-from 1 October to 15 November: from 2pm to 6pm. Finally from November 16 to December 31: Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm to 6pm.

Other periods: by appointment (

Guided tour of the Château (about 60 minutes) with a surcharge for the visit of the roofs (2 euros); autonomous garden tour.

Many cultural activities from June to September.

Evening tours and gourmet dinners on Tuesdays evenings in July and August (on reservation)

Gourmet tours (tastings and sales) on Thursdays evenings (on reservation)

Shop (souvenirs, books, postcards,...).

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