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Dreaming of your next holiday to France? We know we are. From picturesque towns and exquisite cuisine to authentic country living and fascinating history, France has to be one of the best holiday destinations out there. And what better way to make it memorable then by staying in a traditional French chateau, aka a historic manor house, country residence or small castle? So we’ve collaborated with Oliver’s Travel to bring to you this article on the 10 best chateaux so you can enjoy a truly unique French getaway.
Nestled in the beautifully rural Midi-Pyrenees and situated at the end of a kilometre-long driveway, Chateau De L’Histoire is truly idyllic. From the stunning red brick exterior and expansive grounds to the grand staircase and impressive fireplaces, this 19th century gem is brimming with dramatic charm. Whether you’re looking for a fairy tale wedding venue or a dreamy group holiday destination, this chateau is the perfect choice.
- Sleeps: 26
- Price from: GBP 66pppn | USD 86pppn
Looking for something completely unique? Set on a coastal bluff overlooking the blue bays of the English Channel, Chateau Du Moulin is a holiday like no other. Take in the picturesque Brittany views from the terraces, discover the romantic stone chapel built into the hillside, or take a short walk to the beach directly from your private gardens.
- Sleeps: 15 – 32
- Price from: GBP 38pppn | USD 49pppn
Perched on a hilltop, this historic castle is not one to be missed. From medieval gargoyles set in the 800-year-old walls to Indonesian elements sprinkled throughout the interiors, Chateau Asturias is inviting and intriguing. Take a dip in the raised stone pool, go kayaking in the nearby river of the Pyrenees or treat yourself to a Michelin star dinner only a short walk from the chateau.
- Sleeps: 12
- Price from: GBP 35pppn | USD 45pppn
From towers to turrets, this regal chateau is like something straight out of a Disney movie! Built in 1575, it sits in a gorgeous 5-acre park in the Cevennes mountains while the River Luech flows lazily around its boundaries. Sport fanatics will be pleased to know that there are plenty of beautiful cycling and hiking routes right on the doorstep while skiing and water sports are only a short drive away.
- Sleeps: 18
- Price from: GBP 69pppn | USD 90pppn
Looking for a truly magical holiday? Set within the ruins of a medieval castle, Chateau De Baloigne is unlike anything you've seen before. The ancient building is protected by the government as a Historic Monument, but the owners have combined 21st century comforts to give you the best of both worlds. Gaze over the medieval ruins and admire the view from this prime spot, sleep under the stars on the rooftop terrace or explore the original dungeon dating back to the 12th century. This one really is a holiday of a lifetime!
- Sleeps: 15 – 18
- Price from: GBP 28pppn | USD 37pppn
Chic, simple and full of French charm, Tour St Therese is a romantic home-away-from-home. This 14th century tower sits in a rural village next to a historic church and has been exquisitely furnished with French and English antiques. With a large open log fire in the living room, the sound of cuckoos chirping in the garden and the snug double bedroom, the romance is undeniable. There’s even the option of yoga and massages in the garden!
- Sleeps: 6
- Price from: GBP 15pppn | USD 20pppn
This 18th-century manoir has been sensitively restored and boasts period furnishings juxtaposed with contemporary art. Right in the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan, Manoir Des Chasseurs is a paradise for lovers of the great outdoors; think hiking, cycling and horse-riding in the park and rafting, canoeing, sailing and swimming along the rivers and lakes. Kids will love the table-tennis, trampoline and other outdoor games in the rustic farmhouse.
- Sleeps: 12
- Price from: GBP 22pppn | USD 29pppn
In need of some TLC? La Maison Du Voyage focuses on well-being and healthy living, with extra options for extensive health and holistic services and healthy gourmet meals made from local produce. You can forage for mushrooms, nuts, fruit and leaves in the woods, take a dip in the heated pool or go deer spotting on walks through the grounds. Airy bedrooms, blissful views and peaceful surroundings will treat you to a seriously relaxing holiday.
- Sleeps: 8
- Price from: GBP 36pppn | USD 47pppn
Located in the heart of the 'Golden Triangle of Tarn' with Gaillac, Cordes-sur-Ciel and Albi nearby, Manoir Du Vin is a as pretty as a picture. With magical views of the vineyards from the terrace and a historic Pigeonnier which has been converted into a bar, a gym and a Turkish hammam, you have a recipe for the perfect holiday. And if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the Tour de France which often passes close by!
- Sleeps: 8 – 12
- Price from: GBP 27pppn | USD 35pppn
Manoir Gascon is all about warmth, character and authenticity. With 17 acres of land, a courtyard surrounded by pretty stone walls and gardens dotted with fragrant lavender, this typical 17th-century Gascon manor house is private and rural. If you aren’t dining alfresco under the Mediterranean sun or admiring the enchanting, spacious interiors, you can take a 10-minute walk to the local café, bakery or butchers for fresh, local dinner supplies. This is the real France; think authentic fortified villages, market towns and some of the best food and wine in the world.
- Sleeps: 15
- Price from: GBP 24pppn | USD 31pppn