Nouvelle Aquitaine Section
Chateau de Losse – Vezere Valley - Perigord
Chateau de Losse, from a fortress to a castle
The Chateau de Losse is located in Black Périgord.
The Losse Family arrived from Flanders in the 11th century.
Jean II de Losse transformed his ancestors' fortress into an elegant Renaissance Chateau.
The Grand Logis and its terrace were completed in 1576.
Jean de Losse distinguished himself for his military prowess while in the service of the Crown of France.
This earned him a title and a fiefdom.
Renaissance Chateau de Losse
The Chateau de Losse was classified Historical Monument in 1928 and is open to the public.
You'll find it nestled behind high walls and protected by deep moats.
The riverbank boasts the best view of the rear Renaissance facade and its magnificent terrace, which overhang the Vézère and act as a natural defense.
From there you'll see the Tour de l’Eperon, an original 14th century tower, fully integrated into the medieval rampart.
The fortified gate, Le Châtelet, accesses the Court of Honour from the road side.
The chateau is a trusted name for its superb collections of furniture dating from 16th and 17th centuries.
A magnificent ceremonial staircase will take you to the private apartments where they are on display.
The Gardens of the Chateau de Losse
The gardens of the Chateau de Losse are equally attractive.
They are laid out in terraces and planted with extensive collections of scented plants.
The Champs de Verdure are a perfect replica of the original 17th century flowerbeds, and include a maze.
La Tonnelle is a path lined with fragrant plants.
It leads to the Chemin de Ronde (walkway) and the ramparts.
Both are crumbling under a profusion of climbing roses.
The Jardin Bas (lower garden) is planted with aromatic plants such as rosemary and lavender.
A narrow canal traverses it and weaves through a topiary before ending by the Fountain of Apollo and Venus.
The old moats were converted into gardens and provide a lovely resting area.
The Ministry of Culture in 2004 awarded these exceptional gardens the label Jardin Remarquable.
Department of Dordogne
Coordinates Chateau de Losse: Lat 45.029748 - Long 45.029748
Photos Wikimedia Creative Commons: Gardens - Fontaine d'Apollon et Venus