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Château de Jumilhac

8 Centuries of History, Art and Architecture in Haut-Périgord

Château de Jumilhac

Just like Saint-Yrieix, 12 kilometers away, Château de Jumilhac On the margins of the Limousin and Périgord regions, it formed a defensive line against Visigoth, Frank, Saracen, Norman and English incursions (1190), not to mention the Hundred Years' War.

Repeatedly rebuilt and enlarged, it was redesigned during the Renaissance and covered (1600) with the roofs for which it is famous today. These cones, pepperboxes and pyramids, adorned with finials bearing seigniorial and alchemical allegories, are unique in France and make Jumilhac the "Black Pearl" of the Haut Périgord.

In the 17th century, the surrounding walls, the square towers for advanced defense and the outbuildings were splendidly transformed into living and reception quarters, giving the residence of the Marquis de Jumilhac (1655) splendor and magnificence.

Le Château

All year round, on your own or with a guide (reservation required), you'll travel from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Over the course of 1 hour, you'll discover the Jumilhac family's rise as lords and soldiers, its builders, the Salon des 4 Saisons (4 Seasons), paneled with Chantilly-style parquet and animated with hunting scenes, the Louis XIII grand staircase, the dining room with its adobe rosettes, the kitchen with its battery of copperware, ... which contrast with the roughly paved Salle Basse and the austere atmosphere of the Chambre de La Fileuse, Louise de Hautefort, incarcerated for 30 years in the feudal tower (wall decorations and legend), before relaxing with a visit to the terraced gardens, which have been renovated around themes linked to the history of the site: Gold and Alchemy.

Night tours :

By the light of torches and candles, Jumilhac reveals its mysteries right down to the underground. Alchemy rhymes with enchantment, frescoes with picturesque, roofs with adventure and even gardens with destiny... Shining with a thousand lights, the château will plunge you into eight centuries of Art, History and Architecture.
Tuesdays from June to September at 9.30pm, plus Thursdays in July and August. Reservations recommended.

Gourmet evenings

In July and August, dinners on the terraces (or in the stalls in case of inclement weather) are offered on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., so you can spend an entire evening in this magnificent setting!


Take a tour of the feudal Château via the parapet walk and climb up to the Chapeau du Marquis, the former watchtower, from where you can enjoy an exceptional view of the Isle gorges and admire the diversity of the roofs and their esoteric ridges. A new tour, to be inaugurated in June 2021, will enable you to discover the frameworks and the marvellous architectural work of construction and repair carried out by our carpenters and roofers (by reservation on

The gardens

Stroll through the French-style gardens, created in accordance with the principles of Le Nôtre, gardener to King Louis XIV, and the layout of the old gardens. You'll discover a rose garden, a plant maze and a mini-planetarium, all overlooking the Isle valley from the terraces that once descended to the river 45m below.

Event rentals:

Château de Jumilhac welcomes you to rent reception rooms for weddings, family events, conferences, seminars, concerts and cocktail parties.

The reception rooms, which can be adapted to suit your event, are built around a vaulted coachman's passage (65 m²) giving access to :

  • On the same level as the terraced gardens overlooking the Isle valley and adjoining the church (former 12th-century castral chapel).èmeXVème and XVIIème century),
  • To the old vaulted stalls (90 m²) also serves as a possible fallback site,
  • At Salons Richelieu of the 1er floor, comprising the Salle du Cardinal (65 m²) and the adjacent Salle du Président du Conseil (200 m²), with use of the adjoining curtain wall.

A 45 m² extension (small salon, pantry, bedroom and bathroom) is left to your discretion for table service, children, checkroom...

Pricing details

Visit the castle and gardens:
- Adults: 10.50 euros
- Reduced rates (12-17 years, students, large families): 8.50 euros
- Children (5-11 years): 5.50 euros

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

Dates and times

OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND (except Christmas and New Year)

January 1 to March 31: Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm to 6pm, then daily - April 1 to May 31: 2pm to 6pm, - June 1 to September 30: 10am to 7pm, with late-night opening (9:30pm) on Tuesdays (+ Thursdays in July and August), - October 1 to November 15: 2pm to 6pm. November 16 to December 31: Saturdays and Sundays, 2pm to 6pm.

Other periods: by appointment ( -

Guided tour of the Château (approx. 60 minutes), with an additional visit to the roofs (2 euros); self-guided tour of the gardens.

Numerous cultural activities from June to September.

Evening tours and Gourmet Dinners on Tuesday evenings in July and August (booking essential).

Store (souvenirs, books, postcards, etc.) and Salon des Thés.

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place du château, 24630 Jumilhac-le-Grand


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