Spoil yourself in princely French chateau hotels

Some chateaus still serve as private residences to French aristocracy but many have open their doors to paying guests. Immerse yourself in the history of these French chateau hotels and uncover the stories of their former princely residents.

By JAY KAY
  • Chateau de Bagnols

    Commanding over the beauty of Beaujolais countryside, Château de Bagnols has become one of the most respected vineyard chateaus in France known for its 13th-century charms, exquisite cuisine and wine.

  • Château de Saint Paterne

    Nestled on the southern border of Lower Normandy and utterly charming, Château de Saint Paterne offers a peek into France's rich history while you stay in one of its 10 stylish bedrooms.

  • Château de Massillan

    Though a fortified castle, Château de Massillan was mostly used as a hunting lodge by Diane de Poitiers, the notorious and rather powerful favourite of Henry II, who used to roam its 24 acre of land in pursuit of game.

  • Château La Thuilière

    In the late 19th century a man in love decided to present his fiancee with a gift that would last a lifetime - the picture perfect Château La Thuilière, a honey-coloured summer residence you will fall in love with instantly.

  • Chateau de Vollore

    The elevation, imposing architecture and grand decor of Chateau de Vollore will have you know immediately that you have arrived at a true French chateau, this one dating back to the 6th century.

  • Château D’Urtubie

    Chateau D’Urtubie, a fortified castle, has apparently been in the hands of the same family since it was built in 1341.

Updated: 12 June 2013