Top chateau hotels in France

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Staying at one of France’s spectacular castle hotels gives you the chance to imagine you’re a king or queen for a day, as well as getting a sense of the country’s rich history.  Here, the Good Hotel Guide picks the best…

Top chateau hotels in France

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Chateau St Paterne

Chateau St Paterne

St Paterne

This luxurious Normandy hotel in a beautiful Renaissance château, sits in private parkland on the eastern edge of Alençon.
From £145 per night
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Chateau de Villette

Chateau de Villette

Poil

In southern Burgundy, this 16th/18th-century château is run as a chambres d’hôtes, combining the best of old and new.
From £175 per night
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Chateau de Verrieres

Chateau de Verrieres

Saumur

In the Pays de la Loire in a great park, in Saumur, Château de Verrières is a five-star hotel offering old school charm and four-acres of magical gardens.
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Chateau de Marcay

Chateau de Marcay

Chinon

Built as a fortress in about 1150, the town of Marçay was originally inside the walls of this splendid château, now a smart hotel.
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Chateau de Trigance

Chateau de Trigance

Trigance

Dominating the surrounding village, Chateau de Trigance is a 10th century fortress near the Gorges du Verdon.
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Chateau de Mercues

Chateau de Mercues

Mercuès

Dating in part from the 12th century, this “truly beautiful”, many-turreted castle stands high on a cliff above the River Lot, in “beautiful formal gardens” on a wine-growing estate: the views from the terrace are “magic”.
From £330 per night
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Relais des Trois Chateaux

Relais des Trois Chateaux

Cour-cheverny

Owned by the Bricault family since 1865, Relais des Trois Chateaux is understated and welcoming.
From £120 per night
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Chateau de Pray

Chateau de Pray

Amboise

In a wooded park outside Amboise, facing the Loire, this small château was built in 1244 by Geoffrey de Pray; later, the wife of Alphonse Daudet lived here.
9
Chateau Sainte Sabine

Chateau Sainte Sabine

Pouilly En Auxois

Located between Dijon and Beaune, on the banks of the Burgundy Canal, Château Sainte Sabine is a traditional chateau complete with modern fittings.
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LA MALÈNE

“An excellent centre for touring one of the most spectacular areas of France.” In a large park, beneath the cliffs of the mighty gorge of the Tarn (a “fantastic landscape”), this 15th-century château stands right by the river.
From £134 per night
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Chateau Cordeillan-Bages

Chateau Cordeillan-Bages

Pauillac

This 17th-century Carthusian monastery is brimming with character, fusing contemporary design and historic architecture with finesse.
From £239 per night
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Chateau de Courcelles

Chateau de Courcelles

Courcelles-sur-vesles

This white-fronted 17th-century chateau sits amid garden and parkland, between Reims and Soissons.
From £225 per night
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Chateau de Curzay

Chateau de Curzay

Curzay-sur-Vonne

On the banks of the River Vonne stands this ‘lovely’, upmarket hotel.
From £185 per night
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Chateau d’Etoges

Chateau d’Etoges

Etoges

A beautiful 17th-century château complete with a pepperpot tower, a moat with swans, and hens and cockerels roaming in the grounds, Le Château d’Étoges is a grand place to stay.
From £110 per night
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Chateau d’Ige

Chateau d’Ige

Ige

“A delightful hotel in an exquisite building,” says a visitor. “With its thick, honey-coloured stone walls, it looks every inch a medieval manor house,” says our inspector.
From £173 per night
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Chateau de la Cazine

Chateau de la Cazine

Noth

Surrounded by 220-acres of grounds on a hill overlooking rural Limousin, Château de la Cazine has been beautifully converted into a hotel.

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