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Visit Chateau de Montfort

Montfort village is a small village that is dominated by the chateau at the highest point in the village - the river at this point follows a large sweep known as the cingle de Montfort and sits between Vitrac and Carsac Aillac.

The Chateau de Montfort

Curiously the chateau is named after Simon de Montfort, who burned the castle to the ground as part of his crusade in the region. Perhaps rebuilt more than any other castle in the region, Chateau de Montfort has been knocked down and reconstructed four time during the intervening centuries.

The castle sits above the village and the river and has views over the lovely countryside filled with woods and orchards.

castle of Montfort

The castle is private but you can walk up to it and walk around its base from where you can get some lovely views down over the river.

If you see the castle from the river you will see that it is perched perilously on a large outcrop of rock above the river Dordogne. One corner of its defensive walls seems to be constructed on a narrow tower of rock which looks like it could fall at any moment! If you are lucky enough to be canoeing this stretch of the river you will get one of the best views of the castle.


Montfort village

Montfort village and chateau are just 7 km from Sarlat. The place de la Mairie is in the centre of the village and on the square is the église Saint-Martin built in the 12th century.

Park below the castle next to a couple of bar-restaurants and have a wander through the village. The buildings of the village are charming with their yellow stone walls, deep perigordine roofs and a range of architectural features including some interesting chimneys.

As you walk you can get some tantalising views of the castle and also take a look at the dolmen of Peyre Levade known locally as the 'devil's stone'!

When you leave the village drive a little further on to the Cingle de Montfort where you have lovely views over the cingle (deep bend in the river) and the chateau itself.

Village of Montfort

Places to visit near to Montfort

The stunning village of Domme is one of our favourites in the Dordogne area. As well as the village you can visit the caves which lie under the village centre.

If it is hot and sunny and you fancy a dip in the river head to Vitrac and Vitrac Port which has a great river beach and is very popular for swiming and sunbathing in the summer.

The fabulous water garden called the Jardins d'eau de Carsac-Aillac are nearby on the edge of the pretty village of Carsac-Aillac. The gardens have an excellent aquatic labyrinth consisting of raised walkways over a large pond of water lilies and lotus flowers.

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Map of Chateau de Montfort and places to visit


Chateau de Montfort places to visit

Vitrac and Vitrac Port

Vitrac and Vitrac Port

Vitrac Port is very popular for its river beach and nearby is the quiet village of Vitrac.

Vitrac and Vitrac Port guide


Carsac Aillac is a small village with a picturesque roman church and a beautiful aquatic garden.

Carsac-Aillac guide
Les Jardins d'eau de Carsac-Aillac

Les Jardins d'eau de Carsac-Aillac

The Jardins d'eau in Carsac-Aillac is a very special water garden with a unique aquatic labyrinth.

Les Jardins d'eau de Carsac-Aillac guide


Domme is one of the most beautiful villages of France

Domme guide
The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie

The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie

The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie is a colourful garden surrounding attractive farm buildings in the Dordogne Valley.

The Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie guide
La Roque-Gageac

La Roque-Gageac

La Roque-Gageac is one of the most beautiful villages of France.

La Roque-Gageac guide