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The Castle of Montaigne

Visit of the castle


A step back in time and here we are in front of a magnificent 19th century castle, inspired by Viollet-Le-Duc with its mixture of neo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance styles.

It was Pierre Magne, a lawyer originally from Périgueux then Minister of Finance under Napoleon III, who acquired the estate in 1860 and had it rebuilt like a 19th century castle, witness to architectural styles from different eras.

The latter was destroyed in 1885 by fire but rebuilt a year later by the daughter of our deserving minister, Marie Thirion de Montauban.

The castle still belongs to the descendants of Pierre Magne. The Mähler-Besse family (6 th and 7 th generations) will be delighted to help you discover its living environment.


Go through the front door, a huge hall gives access to the masterly staircase and the hallway which serves the dining room, the small and large living room and the library.

The objects and furniture bear witness to the travels in Asia, North Africa and South America of the descendants of Pierre Magne, ambassadors and army officers.


The guided tour lasts 30 to 45 minutes and takes place by reservation only.