Château de Dampierre-sur-Boutonne
In the cool valley of the Boutonne River, Dampierre is home to a Renaissance château (1550) surrounded by moats with harmoniously stacked galleries. Ravaged by a fire in 2002, this gem has undergone a complete and remarkable restoration. Note its magical upper gallery, which has a coffered ceiling with 93 sculpted panels in the indentations, and visit the exhibition on Dalí and alchemy, not to mention the extraordinary gardens, designed as an echo of the building.
Address:10 place du Château, 17470 Dampierre-sur-Boutonne
Phone:+33 5 46 24 02 24
Price:free of charge
Jul-Aug: 10.30am-6.30pm; May-Jun and Sep: 2pm-6pm; mid Mar-end Apr and 1 Oct-11 Nov: Sun, Bank Hols and school hols 2pm-5.30pm - closed 1 Jan, 25-26 Dec