Milandes castle: the footsteps of Joséphine Baker in Dordogne!
Located in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in the Dordogne, Château des Milandes is best known for being the home of Joséphine Baker. Indeed, it settles there from 1937 and leases it for 10 years before buying it with her husband Jo Bouillon ten years later. During all those years, she had work done in this house dating from the Renaissance in order to install water, electricity, central heating and thus, welcome its 12 adopted children. Unfortunately, in 1964, it had to be auctioned due to the serious financial problems of Joséphine Baker and was sold in 1968. Several families will succeed each other until the acquisition of the estate in 2001 by Claude de Labarre and his daughter, Angélique , the current owners.
A house labeled “Maison des Illustres”
It was in 1489 that this property was built. At that time she belonged to the family of Caumont. Over the centuries, several owners will take up residence there. And in 1986, part of the Château des Milandes is listed in the Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments (its facades, roofs and its upper terrace which enjoys a magnificent view of the Dordogne valley). Then, in 2009, the Ministry of Culture inscribes it in full under Historical Monuments. And in 2012, it was awarded the Maison des Illustres label as it was for many years the home of Joséphine Baker, an artist of extraordinary fate ! Moreover, by visiting this building, you immerse yourself in the world of its most famous owner. Dresses, decoration, furniture, photos … its presence is everywhere!
More than 500 years of history to discover
If you come to spend a holiday in the Dordogne in our campsite, this place is part of the monuments that must be seen absolutely! For visits, know that the opening of the Château des Milandes often begins in the spring until the end of the year. The timetables vary according to the period, it is better to inform you before going there. Same for the rates since there are several offers. Besides the interior of the Castle, you can walk in the Park and the Garden (the opening hours are the same). During your visit, do not miss the spectacle of falconry. They are about 70 to live in the field and this animation makes it possible to discover the ties that unite them to their falconers. Also note that inside, photographs are not allowed.
To know more about rates and opening dates, we advise you to consult the website of the domain. And if you have any questions during your stay in our campsite, do not hesitate to come and see us at the reception!