Badefols-d'Ans is a small village dominated by its church and chateau both of which have very attractive rooves giving the village a very interesting sky-line.
The church dates to the 17/18th century and is built with materials taken from the ancient church of St Vincent and a protestant church which was destroyed under orders of Louis XIV.
The chateau is private and it is surrounded by a high wall making it difficult to see up close. However its square dungeon and its towers, which date back to the 13 and 15th century, rise up above the wall and can be seen as you wander round the village.
The castle was burnt down by the Germans during the Second World War because its owner the Count Jean de Lestrade of Conty helped the Resistance movement. It was restored by the Ministry of Reconstruction and Fine Arts and still belongs to the same familly.
The village has a very attractive lavoir, which is the medieval communal clothes washing area.
Walk up to the viewpoint and orientation table to get some superb views over the Dordogne and Correze departments.
The drive between Badefols-d'Ans and Chateau de Hautefort which is only 7 km away offers some excellent views of Hautefort.
Places to visit close to Badefols-d'Ans
Badefols-d'Ans is 7 km from Hautefort and 15 km from Tourtoirac.
Just 10km away from Badefols in the Correze department is the charming village of Saint-Robert. Saint Robert is one of France's classified 'most beautiful villages'. It has a large fortified church and lots of attractive stone buildings with interesting towers and other architectural details.
Map of Badefols-d'Ans & places to visit nearbyChateau de Hautefort 6km
Les Jardins de l'Imaginaire 14km
Saint Amand de Coly 19km
Lascaux caves 20km
Chateau de Losse 23km
Saint Genies 27km
Dordogne Walks 27km
Dordogne Gardens 27km
Le Moustier 28km
La Roque Saint Christophe 29km
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