French Castles You Can Stay in During Your Next European Retreat
Don't just travel to France. Travel back in time.
From Michelin-starred restaurants and authentic Renaissance decor to sweeping views of rolling hills and on-site wineries, these French castle hotels have pulled out all of the stops to make a far-flung vacation as indulgent as possible. Each of these castles is, or was, a very real home to the most regal, royal, and––well––rich in France, dating all the way back to the 7th-century.
From region to region across the country, we chose the most luxurious and authentic experiences we could find to give you this list of game-changing castle hotel stays, perfect for family vacations, romantic getaways, destination weddings, or photoshoots. While most of these castles have been reclaimed, renovated, or even completely redesigned, the authenticity of their exteriors is intact and the experience of staying in a centuries-old castle in the French countryside is as possible and enjoyable as ever (read: indoor plumbing). Surrounded by lush forests, vineyards, and even water, these castles will exceed your expectations and reclaim your typical European vacation.