Forte de Reignac is a stone’s throw from the Vezere, across from a ford, prehistoric men settled here more than 20.000 years ago. Preserved in exceptional condition and fully furnished with period furniture, it is the only monument of its kind in France, a “Chateau Falaise” fully intact. Listed a historical monument, this is the strangest, most secret, most extraordinary, and also the most mysterious of all the Périgord châteaux.
Built under the escarpments, this refuge juts out from the rock into which it has been dug and conceals huge rock shelters that have witnessed some interesting events of our civilization for more than 20,000 years
Vastly larger than one could imagine from the outside, the façade conceals some impressive underground and overhead rooms, such as the great main hall, the armory, dining hall, living quarters, kitchen, bedrooms, chapel, prison cell, dungeon, wine cellar.
In addition to its natural protection, this fortification exhibits many elements of defence : bretèche, murder-hole, cannons, loopholes. A source of great historical interest, it served for the past 50 years for purposes of scientific and archaeological research. You will be the first to visit this site which has been jealously closed to the public until now. This showcase of our heritage presents some genuine artefacts from prehistoric times discovered on the premises.
Opening Dates and Times
Open every day from 1st March to 11 November March, April, October, mi-November : 10am to 6pm May, June, September : 10am to 7pm July, August : 10am to 8pm
La Maison Forte de Reignac
Tél. 05 53 50 70 45 – Fax 05 53 51 03 21
Looking for accommodation near Maison Forte de Reignac ?
B&B Ferme de Tayac, lovely 12th Century buildings, once monastery and farm. Its one meter thick walls, oak beam structures, and rooms carved out of the rock, make it a wonderful place to stay whilst you explore this fascinating part of the Vezere Valley. Your stay will be enhanced by the friendly hospitality and homely comfort offered by your hosts Suzanne and Mike. You will enjoy the pleasant garden, the refreshing swimming pool, and maybe the occasional five minute stroll into Les Eyzies, famous as the “Prehistoric Capital of the World” It is here that Cro Magnon man our ancestor made it one of the richest and most exciting of archaeological areas.
Ferme de Tayac is just a 10 min. drive the Maison de Forte de Reignac – www.fermedetayac.com