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Once upon a time, one would need a title or tiara to stay overnight in a chateau. These days though, beautifully restored castles make for fantastic countryside escapes for us all. From romantic chateau hotels in France to fairy-tale worthy castles in Germany to sprawling Italian castle hideaways nestled among vineyards.
It's no surprise that these medieval and luxury castles are sending travelers' hearts racing, the properties have well-tended courtyards, lovely gardens, and soaring pergolas. What's more, many of these castles can be rented out in their entirety through home-sharing websites like Airbnb.
With so many castles available to rent, finding the right chateau for your trip can be a daunting task. Which is why we reached out to Airbnb for their insight on the French castles that travelers are saving to their wish-list the most. And their top three most wished for castles in France delivered.
From a stunning Cinderella-esque castle in Bordeaux complete with a stunning resort-like swimming pool to a grand Loire Valley chateau complete with manicured gardens and over 100 flower species. Read on for travelers' dream French castle listings on Airbnb.
Chateau Bordeaux & Vignoble: Aquitaine
The only thing that makes a castle better is if it's also sat in a 16-hectare Bordeaux vineyard like this one. This eight-bedroom stay also comes with a resort-style swimming pool, barbecue grill, and plenty of entertaining space. Want to venture beyond the estate grounds? The castle is a hop away from Golf de Bordeaux-Cameyrac, and wine lovers are spoiled for choice when it comes to more close-by vineyards in Bordeaux. Available from $934 per night.
Château de Barnay: South Burgundy
Turrets, towers, spiral staircases, and large fireplaces...Château de Barnay in South Burgundy looks straight out of a fairytale. Gather seven of your nearest and dearest to stay in this cozy stone castle which has a garden salon in the courtyard with swings, table tennis, and badminton to while away the day. Available from $225 per night.
Superhost Pierre's lovely Loire Valley chateau is the ultimate countryside escape, and it's just a two-hour drive from Paris. During warmer months guests can make the most of the outdoor pool, grills, and gorgeous gardens peppered with over 100 flower species and a wisteria trail. Winters were made for switching on the cozy fireplaces and making the most of the grand dining rooms indoors. Available from $539 per night.