Top castle hotels in France

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 castle hotels in France

1
Château de Marcay

Château 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. 
2
Château de Trigance

Château de Trigance

Trigance

‘Magical.’ ‘Delightful.’ This former 10th-century fortress, near the awesome Gorges du Verdon, is owned by the family of Guillaume Thomas.
3
Château de Mercuès

Château de Mercuès

Mercues

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
4
Château de Pray

Château 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.
5
Château de la Caze

Château de la Caze

Sainte-enimie

"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
6
Château de Curzay

Château de Curzay

Curzay-sur-vonne

On the banks of the River Vonne stands this 'lovely'. upmarket hotel.
From £185 per night
7
Chateau d’Etoges

Chateau d’Etoges

Etoges

A "ravishing building", a 17th-century château, with pepperpot tower, moat with swans, "hens and cockerels strutting in the grounds.
From £110 per night
8
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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