What comes to mind when you think of France? Is it the romantic city of Paris? The sea-side towns of south coast? Lavender fields in Provence, or the vineyards of Champagne? Or perhaps the hundreds of beautiful castles that dot the country side? Personally, I’m a sucker for castles so they are always one of the first things I think of when it comes to European destinations. Especially if there are any that I can actually stay in. So, if you’re the same and wondering about the castle hotels in France, or should I say, the French chateau hotels, then this is the post for you. Here are the top castle hotels in France.
Château de Briottiéres
This stunning 18 century castle hotel in France has belonged to the same family for seven generations. Surrounded by forest and parks, it’s the perfect place to find refined peace and quiet. There are 16 bedrooms in the castle with beautiful antique furniture as well as a library and an outdoor pool. This this beautiful French chateau hotel is a perfect base for travellers wishing to explore parts of Brittany, Normandy, and the Pays de la Loire and is family-friendly.
Château de La Ballue
This historic 17th century French chateau hotel, with its manicured gardens, luxury spa, and charming landscape, is a real life fairytale. The service here is impeccable, with friendly welcoming owners and a top notch breakfast. This French Château between Brittany and Normandy, it’s ideal for exploring the surrounding area as well as the nearby Mont St. Michel and Saint-Malo. Or you can spend your days on the castle grounds exploring the garden, terrace, library, or private pool. With only five rooms, Château de La Ballue is one of the most private French castle hotels.
Château La Thuiliere
This elegant property has an incredibly romantic history. It was built by a man as a wedding gift for his future wife, and decorated in Tudor Style using the legend of Saint Font as inspiration. Today, this small but beautiful French castle hotel is an elegant haven for visitors looking for a relaxing, romantic getaway. There are five bedroom available to guests and amenities include on-site restaurant, gin bar, and activities such as horseback riding. This French chateau is located in the Dordogne countryside, east of Bordeaux.
Château de la Bourdaisiére
Another storybook castle, the Château de la Bourdaisiére dates back to the 14th century. Originally, the site housed a fortress, but the building as seen today was built in the 19th century. This French castle hotel has 29 guest rooms, manicured gardens, a swimming pool, 3 tennis courts, and a 55-hectare park for guests to explore. Château de la Bourdaisiére is located near the city of Tours.
Château des Arpentis
Located on a park of 30 hectares with a surrounding moat, a stay in Château des Arpentis really does feel like a proper castle (especially since King Louis XIII dined here in 1619). There are 12 guest rooms, each featuring elegant and refined decor, an outdoor pool, terrace, and garden to enjoy.Plus this chateau is in a prime location for exploring the nearby towns and vineyards of the Loire Valley make the Château des Arpentis a perfect pick for travellers looking to stay in an authentic French castle hotel.
Château de Codignat
Château de Codignat looks like it popped out of the pages of your favourite childhood storybook. Located in the countryside in Auvergne, with Rapunzel-esque towers, this French chateau hotel offers the magical castle hotel you’ve been looking for. Ornate guest rooms, original antiques, and a restaurant featuring an impressive array of wine labels promise a memorable stay. Guests may also be interested to know that this castle hotel in France is also pet friendly!
Château Hotel & Spa Grand Barrail
Less than an hour from Bordeaux, Château Hotel & Spa Grand Barrail is a 19th century French chateau hotel that offers a truly lavish experience in the French countryside. Its one of the largest castle hotels in France, with 46 guest rooms available to book. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, fine wine selection, and plush spa facilities which make it a popular choice for couples looking for a magical French castle hotel getaway. Plus, the surrounding vineyards make it a great pick for wine enthusiasts as well.
So? Which of these French chateau hotels do you want to stay in?