Top French Chateau (Castle) Hotels

Live like true royalty during your next visit to France. This country, with its rich history of elegant architectural features many castles that are open for overnight guests. As elegant as that sounds, some of these château hotels aren't insanely expensive. All the châteaux on this list of top French castle hotels bring guests a taste of the good life in old-fashioned style and atmosphere. I have listed the château hotels geographically, from the north to the south of France, so if you’re doing a long drive, you could take in most of them!

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Château de Montreuil, Montreuil-sur-Mer, Pas de Calais

Chateau de Montreuil
Chateau de Montreuil bedroom. Mary Anne Evans

This delightful hotel is not exactly the medieval stone-walled castle you might expect, but a pretty whitewashed building in the delightful village of Montreuil-sur-Mer on the Opal Coast of northern France. But choose the right room and you step back centuries. You can even have a four-poster bed if you feel like the full castle experience. It has an excellent restaurant which many people drive miles for even if they are staying elsewhere. All modern comforts, great bathrooms, and pretty gardens.

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Château Tilques, Pas de Calais, North France

Hotel Chateau Tilques in Nord Pas-de-Calais
Hotel Chateau Tilques in Nord Pas-de-Calais. Mary Anne Evans

Move a little further back in time and you come to the red-brick, 19th-century Château Tilques. Rooms in the main château give you the feeling of the past with their high ceilings and grandiose decor; rooms in the new building are comfortable and decorated in pretty chintz fabrics. With its tennis courts and occasional visits by vintage cars, you feel as if you’re in the middle of a turn-of-the-century country house party. Again, there’s a highly rated restaurant. It is close to St-Omer and its various attractions. 

03 of 08

Château d'Artigny, Montbazon, Loire Valley

Chateau d'Artigny
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Looking out over the Indre river valley, this was the luxury private château bought in 1912 by François Coty whose perfume empire stretched across the globe – and brought the Corsican patron a very large fortune. He tore down the old 15th-century building and constructed an elegant building with sumptuous interiors. Stay either in the main château or in the Pavillon d’Ariane and the Pavillon de Chasse. The bar has a collection of venerable Armagnacs to sip on before dining in the restaurant which has fantastic views.

04 of 08

Château de Codignat, Bort l'Etang, Nr. Clermont-Ferrand

Chateau de Codignat Hotel in the Auvergne, France
Chateau de Codignat Hotel in the Auvergne, France. Ossi Laurila

If you’re looking for a romantic castle straight out of a fairy tale, this is the place. The fabulous Château de Codignat is hidden away in one of the most underrated parts of France, the Auvergne. Set in its own park (complete with a totally un-medieval helicopter park), it has the grandest entrance and round turrets, stone-flagged floors and stone walls, roaring fires in winter and rich fabrics.

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05 of 08

Château de la Treyne, Dordogne

Chateau de la Treyne garden
The entrance to the Chateau de la Treyne. Courtesy of Chateau de la Treyne

If I had to choose one castle hotel for a summer visit, it would be the Château de la Treyne. In the heart of the Dordogne, it combines supreme elegance with all the discreet comforts of our high tech age. Dine on the terrace looking out over the majestic river as the sun falls behind the hills opposite; play tennis, swim in the heated outdoor pool and do a little gentle sightseeing in one of the most beautiful parts of France. 

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06 of 08

Château de Balazuc, Nr Montelimar, Ardeche

Chateau de Balazuc Courtyard
Chateau de Balazuc Courtyard. Olivier Perrot

This small privately owned and run château has one of the best views in the region. It’s in the center of one of the most beautiful villages of France where small cobbled streets wind their way around the hilltop. Only 4 en-suite bedrooms all have the same glorious views. Enjoy the great cooking by Florence Lemaire then sit in a hot tub under the star-filled skies.

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The magnificent stalactites and stalagmite in the deep caves of l’Aven d’Orgnac

07 of 08

Château de Prye, Nr Nevers, Burgundy

Chateau de Prye
Chateau de Prye is very grand. Courtesy of Chateau de Prye

The stately Château de Prye dates back to the Middle Ages though you sleep in rooms added in the 19th century when the extensive grounds were redesigned. Owned by the welcoming Marquis et Marquise du Bourg de Bozas, it’s more a very posh bed and breakfast than a hotel in the lush countryside of Burgundy. And you really do feel you are in a castle, a guest of the owners.

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Château Le Cagnard, Haut-de-Cagnes, Cagnes

Terrace at Chateau Le Cagnard, Haut-de-Cagnes
Breakfast on the Terrace at Chateau Le Cagnard, Haut-de-Cagnes. Courtesy of Chateau Le Cagnard

This is south of France living at its best. Perched up high in Haut-de-Cagnes above Nice and the Côte d’Azur, you get views of the sparkling Mediterranean in the distance. It’s a gracious hotel, with pretty rooms decorated in chic Provence style and a dining room with a roof that opens to the sky.