Five great French castles that serve as boutique hotels

If you are visiting France, why not stay in one of the French castles? You will be spoilt for choice, whichever part of the country you decide to visit. There are plenty of castles, or châteaux, across France that have now been converted into stylish hotels, and here are five of the best.

1. Château De Boisrenault

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Chateau de Boisrenault

This stunning castle hotel is located in Buzancais in the Loire Valley and is surrounded by beautiful grounds. An aristocrat built the château in the 19th century to give to his daughter as a wedding present, and although it looks quite imposing from the outside, inside it is warm and welcoming and a perfect place for a family break.

It is packed full of intriguing items of furniture, antiques and pictures, and the rooms are amazing. Some apartments even have kitchens included, and the baths are huge. Go for a stroll in the grounds and you will also find a pool hidden away behind the trees.

2. Château d’Esclimont

This château is located just an hour away from Paris, making it the perfect retreat if you want to explore the capital during your time in France. It is found within 150 acres of land and a very beautiful garden, views of which can be enjoyed from your room.

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Chateau d’Esclimont

The rooms are all very well decorated and fully equipped, and there are lots of them to choose from. One of the most popular features is the excellent restaurant that is known for its exquisite dining. And to top it all off there is an outdoor pool to enjoy during the hot summer months. If this sounds good, you can always check out a hotel booking site online for more information on this châteaux and others like it to help you choose the perfect one. There are many other French castles outside Paris have been converted into hotels so when planning a visit outside the Paris region, look online for the most appropriate one for your itinerary.

3. Château Du Mesnil D’o

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Chateau du Mesnil d’O

Located in Normandy, this is one of the cheaper options on the list, at least for the best rooms in the château. This 18th century building is very dramatic from the outside with its iron gates and stone pillars, and it sits on five hectares of land and boasts stunning views from the rooms. Breakfast is also included.

4. Château d’Etoges

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Chateau d’Etoges

This historic château is found in a delightful location in the Champagne region. It boasts a large moat around the building, and you can even use one of the boats to go for a paddle around if you feel like it. Other freebies include bicycles so you can enjoy the surroundings, and even croquet equipment. You will find it easy to arrange Champagne tastings because it is attached to a winery. With excellent food in its restaurant and a health spa included, this is the perfect place for a very relaxing break.

5. Château De L’yeuse

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Chateau de L’Yeuse

Located in Cognac, this château boasts views over the Charente River. It has an elaborate modern extension where the rooms are located, and these are all very large with modern bathrooms. Head to the older part of the building and you will find a classical style with antique comfortable furnishings, especially in the cigar room. There is also an excellent collection of cognacs to try, and meals are served in the beautiful dining room with its impressive chandeliers.

Enjoy a French Hotel Break in Style

There is no more luxurious or stylish way to enjoy a weekend break in France than by staying in an old castle with splendid views over the surrounding countryside. Take your pick from one of the above, but if you can’t see one you like then there are many more to choose from all over France. So start looking for your ideal castle hotel today and enjoy a unique French experience. Many French castle hotels also have a gastronomic restaurant and spa facilities. They are perfect for weddings, family gatherings, anniversaries, and corporate events.

NOTE: Before you travel to France, make sure you get proper travel insurance to cover any unforeseen illnesses and accidents.

Author: David Miller has extensive experience as a travel consultant. His articles mainly appear on travel blogs.

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  1. Indeed these are amazing castles! Actually i was in the country three months back and i did not notice this even i passed by Chateau de L’Yeuse. I just wondered seeing the building but did not notice what it was. Just got surprised seeing it here! Thanks! Next time when i go, i would visit this for sure. Are visitors allowed here?

  2. You could probably ask to see the grounds and the reception hall.