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at a lovely Loire Valley Château
These special rates are only valid if booked through au Château!
Château de la Barre
Book your stay at this luxurious historic château and add the package tour of Normandy to
a visit to Chartres Cathedral and so much more!
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Château Détilly in the Loire Valley
can sleep from 12 to 27 people in the château and Coach House. Rented by the week, this beautiful property with a swimming pool and tennis court is the ideal destination for your family or a group of friends. The owner is now offering substantial discounts for those interested in shorter stays at the château. The following dates are still available:
Weeklong stay August 6-13; short stays from August 20-22, August 29 - September 1, September 5-8, September 12-16, September 22-23, and September 26-30.
Weeklong stays are again available after September 30.
Contact us today at email@example.com and indicate Detilly in the subject line to learn more!
des Allues in the Savoie has many special
offers and packages for their guests including Gourmand, 1 night for 2 including
breakfast and dinner and a special surprise gift for €246; Découverte, 1 night for 2
with breakfast included for €150;
Détente, 2 nights for 2 with breakfast and dinner and a
surprise gift for €396; and demi-pension for 2 persons for €285 per
person in the spring and autumn (2 weekend days or 3 weekdays).
Contact us for all the details and with any questions you may have: firstname.lastname@example.org and
please put Allues Offers in
the subject line of your email.
A visit to Château de
Sommesnil in Normandy will
be very special indeed if you are a golfer. Five golf courses are
in the area, and the château is now offering 7-day packages that
can include games at all five plus two days of excursions to local
villages, abbeys, châteaux and markets. Customized tours to
suit your interests can easily be arranged, so feel free to mix and
match activities. And, artists will find the Plein Air packages
appealing. Contact us and we'll make the
arrangements for you! Be sure to mention Château
Sommesnil along with your interests, whether it
is golfing or
just visiting all the historic sites in Normandy.
The elegant Château de Détilly in the Loire is offering the château OR the coach house for smaller groups at special rates for 2016. The château can be booked for 19 people, or can be rented at a lower rate for 10 to 12 people. The Coach House will comfortably accommodate 6 or 7 people. And remember that this château is the perfect venue for that upcoming wedding offering the bride and groom assistance with every detail and providing beautiful gardens for those special photos!
Visit the château on our site today to read all about it, and then contact us if you would like to check availability or book.
de la Ballue in beautiful Brittany is offering a variety of
music concerts at the château. Contact us at email@example.com
make arrangements for your stay at the
château and/or to make arrangements to attend the concerts and
for detailed information about each one. Contact us about
Château de Chambost , not far from Lyon in the Rhône region, offers French Immersion (conversational) and French Cookingclasses with your charming hostess, Véronique de Lescure. Simply contact us to request more information.
Château du Bois Noir in the beautiful Limousin has some great package offers for you. For example, their 6-day Gardens of the Périgord Noir stay starts at €870 for two. Or inquire about their Culinary Hiking package, their special 3-day In Transit package or their 4-day Golf Package including greens fees for two, packed lunches and exquisited dinners at the château for three evenings. Contact us today for availability and information at inquiry@au-château.com.
Domaine des Faures not only offers a beautiful Dordogne B&B opportunity for guests and can be rented by the week but they also host exclusive garden tours several times during the year. Take advantage of these all-inclusive small group tours. Detailed information on their pages on this web site. Please be sure to inquire as to how you can participate.
de Vallery is
an amazing château in Burgundy offering elegant and luxurious
to bridal couples from around the world. Words cannot describe
grand halls, stunning bedrooms and superb amenities offered by the
to create the perfect marriage venue, business conferences or group
events and celebrations. Contact
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Château d'Ambrus in Aquitaine's Lot-et-Garonne département is our newest member. This incredible 12th century castle with fifteen guest rooms will accommodate up to 30 people and is rented by the week from May to October. All modern conveniences have been included without sacrificing the historical ambiance and charm associated with this Medieval property in the heart of Gascony. Visit Château d'Ambrus on our site today, and be sure to book your week soon!
Château de Chanzé in the Loire Valley has so much to offer! You can rent the magnificent Medieval château by the week; you can rent a self-catering gîte for 3 days or longer; or you can rent a separate chambre d'hôte and have breakfast included. All include use of the lovely swimming pool, spa, and easy access to all the royal châteaux of the Loire. Book your stay today!
Domaine de Biar near the magnificent southern city of Montpellier has just joined au Château. This newly-opened, stylish and unique bed and breakfast is also the home to the magnificent white Camargue horses. Book your stay at Domaine de Biar to enjoy the quiet country atmosphere at the edge of exciting Montpellier by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Château de Gauville in the Orne département of Normandy is an easy drive from Paris, and the château offers families and friends an elegant rental experience. Visit it on our site today to see all the amenities, the beautiful rooms, and so much more! You will want to make your reservation before the château is fully booked for this season.
Château Allure du Lac in the département of the Maine et Loire, not far from Nantes and Angers, is our newest member. This magnificent rental châtesu on its own 105-acre lake offers twelve en suite guest rooms, dining terraces, a swimming pool, a games room, a drawing room, salon and much more. It is the ideal setting for a wedding or grand celebration, so don't waste a minute - visit it on our site today!
Château de Courtomer in Normandy's Orne département now a member of our site. Offering 15 en suite guest rooms for weekly rentals, this elegant château is an ideal destination for family gatherings, anniversary celebrations, weddings and is especially suitable for seminars and conferences. Please visit its au Château pages soon and book your stay for 2015.
Château de Sommesnil in Normandy, is an historic property in Normandy's Seine-et-Maritime catering to groups for short breaks, events and week-long stays. Customized tours, plein air painting, golf outings at any of the five nearby courses, and pick up at Roissy Airport in an air-conditioned coach will ensure that your group of friends or family has the very best holiday in France.
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Don't hesitate to contact us now if you would like to book a stay at any of the our member properties. We can provide details including room or rental rates and some photos. We hope you will visit all our member châteaux to make your selection of places to stay for your next visit to France. And, if you have questions about any of them, a click here will enable you to send us an email with your queries.
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Château Guest Reviews & Offerings ~
de Servigny is a spacious and comfortable
residence that welcomes groups of friends and family to the Cotentin
Peninsula of Normandy ~ rich in history, charming coastal villages,
open-air markets, and easy access to Le Mont Saint-Michel and the
landing beaches of World War II. Enjoy the swimming pool, tennis
courts and country location, only a few minutes to a bustling town with
shops and restaurants. Book your week or longer for the
experience of a lifetime!
Guest Review: Fourteen of us booked this lovey château for a September week in 2014. Most of our friends had never stayed in a château before, and they were really enthralled with the experience. Françoise, the amazing housekeeper, greeted us all upon our arrival and made everyone feel welcome. Her brief daily visits kept everything neat and tidy, and she arranged for a welcome dinner and one a few nights before departure, both of which were superb. Some in the group went bike riding, others took advantage of the swimming pool, we all went on day trips to various historic sites and fishing villages, and everyone had a great seven days at Servigny ~ a gem in beautiful Normandy. G&D O, California USA.
Review: We enjoyed our stay at
Servigny very much. The castle was even better than we had
anticipated. The service from the staff was excellent ~ we had
several meals prepared by Gwenaelle which were very much
appreciated. We were very lucky with the weather ~ no rain at
all. I've posted several photos on Facebook, and all my friends
have commented positively. My sister is already thinking of going
there with her group of friends. Should you ever need references
about the stay at the Château for future guests, please feel free
to provide my name and email. Thank you for helping to make this
vacation a memorable one. MN, USA -
Château de Rouffillac awaits the next group of vacationers looking for a pretty château in an excellent location in one of France's most desirable regions - the Dordogne. The château sits high above the River Dordogne offering amazing views of the river and the verdant countryside beyond. This château is currently for sale, so do book your stay soon in order not to miss an amazing opportunity!
Review: By way of feedback, I
report that we had a wonderful time at Chateau Rouffillac, and we were
well looked after by Isabelle. The chateau was very comfortable with
we needed to make it a memorable holiday. Thank you for all your
assistance in organising such a great location! -
KJ, South Africa, July 2012.
de Moulin le Comte, is a fine
château in the Pas-de-Calais region of northern France,
to the ferry ports of Calais and Dunkerque as well as the Eurostar from
London to Lille. Offering five spacious bedrooms, dinner by
and a lovely parkland with the River Lys running through, this
B&B was completely renovated in 2012 and awaits your visit.
Don't pass this one by!
Review: Thank you
wonderful arrangement you made for us at Le Pavillon at Château
de Tocqueville in Normandy. The grounds were beautiful, the
hostess was wonderful, and the history rich. The Château
was located in a perfect place with easy access to the historical
sections of Normandy. We only wish we could have spent more time
there. G.B., Georgia, USA
de la Caillotière is waiting to welcome you to the Loire . . .
de la Caillotière is a weekly rental property in the
Pays de la Loire region ~ convenient to the Loire Valley's vineyards,
châteaux and wonderful market towns and historic sites. A
new kitchen, six en suite bedrooms and a music / games room make it a
vacation getway for friends and family. Visit its au
Bordeaux and St Emilion are calling you . . .
Château Tertre de Belvès, whose location is only five minutes from the southwest's famed wine village of St Emilion, is too good an opportunity to pass up! Surrounded by vineyards producing a highly-rated merlot wine, the château can accommodate up to twenty-one people on a weekly rental basis. This is one to book for your next visit to France!
Everything was perfect - the Château and the setting were
beautiful, very well-equipped and tastefully decorated - the service
great. In short, we loved it! NB, Paris, France.
An Exquisite Burgundian Bed & Breakfast . . .
Borde Maison d'Hôtes is
a charming and inviting bed and breakfast in the Burgundy
only 90 minutes from Paris ~ offering 5 guest rooms and 5-star
quality! Most of all, your host and hostess are absolutely
best! They are friendly, helpful and have not overlooked one
detail to ensure that their guests have the highest quality experience.
Luxurious, richly appointed guest rooms, incredible award-winning
and friendly hosts will make your stay perfect. Dinners by advance
reservation are superb! And, if you want
to arrive by helicopter, they have two helipads at your disposal!
Review: We were immediately
impressed as we came up the drive to this unique and special bed and
breakfast. Our hosts greeted us at our car, and from that moment
on there was nothing they wouldn't do to make us comfortable and
welcome. Apéritifs and freshly baked gougères in
the lovely salon gave us time to relax after traveling ~ and a bit
later we were enjoying a delicious meal in the guest dining room.
Nothing here is left to chance ~ our room was perfect, peaceful and
comfortable, and our bathroom had a walk-in shower, double sinks and
lots of toiletries. Too bad we didn't have time to use the spa or
gym, but perhaps next time. We certainly will return to La Borde
Maison d'Hôtes and recommend it to everyone! D.T.S
Château de la Ballue in Beautiful Brittany . . .
This amazing château has been on our web site since November of 2000 - thirteen years - and we had the pleasure of staying there when it was in the hands of the previous owners. Today, Château de la Ballue is the much-loved home of Madame Mathon, who not only appreciates the value and history of the château, but maintains the exquisite sculpture gardens, hosts regular musical events, and provides her guests with an unforgettable experience. Following is a review of someone who was a guest there very recently:
Review: I wanted to write you a
quick note to let you know that our time at Chateau de la Ballue was
fantastic. From the warm welcome by Madame Mathon, to the beautiful and
spacious Chambre Diane, the meticulous grounds and gardens, the
"essentially private" dinner at Au Chant de L’alouette in the
little hamlet of Bazouges-La-Perouse right up the street …. And capped
off with a most French country breakfast the following morning. This
and what is has to offer is an A-plus-plus, no doubt. If we ever get
to the Normandy – Brittany area, we will be staying with Madame Mathon
again. We recommend Château de la Ballue whole-heartedly and
reservation. We can't wait to go back. - C.
N., Florida, USA 2013
The Delightful Village of Lautrec & the Amazing La Terrasse . . .
La Terrasse de Lautrec is a truly enchanting bed and breakfast in an amazing location in the Tarn. Like a scene from a classic French film, this lovely village house faces the Place du Monument in the delightful medieval hilltop village of Lautrec. Step through the door to find yourself in a marvelous home, filled with artwork and fine furnishings, and discover a French garden (by none other than Le Nôtre) behind the manoir from which there are breathtaking views as far as the eye can see. Built on the ramparts of the medieval town, La Terrasse is a place for dreaming, solace, exploration, and rejuvenation. You will find you are in the real France when you are a guest at this incredible manoir.
Review: Thank you for your help
with our booking at La Terrasse. My traveling companion and I so
enjoyed our stay. Dominque was the quintessential hostess, and
home and gardens are superb. We cannot have imagined a better
to spend our last night in France...Wishing you our best, and looking
to booking accommodations through your service in the near future. - G.W.,
New York City, June 2009
Don't Miss a Chance to Stay at Château Meyre near Bordeaux . . .
Easy to find on Aquitaine's Médoc peninsula, Château Meyre - a wonderful wine-producing estate - offers sumptuous en suite guest rooms in either the château or the annex, and the opportunity to enjoy its vineyard views and wine tastings in the château. A warm and welcoming staff is there to greet you and see to your every need. We received these comments from a recent guest:
Review: We had a very special
at the château. The staff could not have been more helpful
and accommodating. Their suggestions for dining and wine tours
excellent - delicious and instructive, each guide building on the
guide's information. Glad we took a trip to St Emilion at the
Mr and Mrs H., Maine, USA - September 2011
Experience the Southwest at Château Robert
Château Robert in the Landes of southwestern France is a full-service accommodation with new owners. They offer more than beautifully decorated, elegant guest rooms, a tennis court and swimming pool; guests also have the opportunity to enjoy fine dining and can arrange for tours of prestigious wine producing estates. Read what one member of a group who just spent several days at the château has to say:
Guest Review: I just want you to know that our stay at Chateau Robert was just fantastic!!!! The whole group was thrilled, and I must say that the chef was the real gem of the place. He served us food that you would only find in the world’s best restaurants – every day! We had our best meals at the chateau – and we would have thought that La Table du Lavoire would be the highlight food wise. It was good too, but Jose was the best!
was a fantastic guide and most wonderful person to accompany us to all
the wineries. She put together a tour that made sure that the most
chateau, Chateau Smith Haute Lafitte, came last of the reds, and then
with Chateau Filhot as the final.
Guest Review: We had such an awesome experience at Chateau Robert! The service and food were top-notch and the setting was beautiful. What a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. It was so quiet and peaceful there in the French countryside. We made day trips to some nearby villages which were quaint and full of history. We also did a day trip over to Biarritz and San Sebastián- two cities that we highly recommend visiting.
The owners were lovely hosts and were very helpful with planning and recommending activities. Chef Steve prepared the most delicious 3-course meals for us and it was all authentic French food (except the one lunch when he treated our children to hamburgers). Everyone in our large group of 17 had a wonderful time. I hope to return there someday because one visit is not enough! I am completely spoiled now. - R.W., California - July 2014
In the beautiful Lorraine countryside. . .
is the stunning Château d'Hattonchâtel ~ not simply a country château but a very unique and magical property. It is one of the more popular destinations listed on our web site. With its primary architecture originating in the 9th century and rebuilt in the 16th century, the château offers grand rooms with Gothic arches and windows, comfortable and beautifully-appointed guest rooms, and a setting that is ideal for a delightful B&B experience or a grand wedding. In March of 2011, a young couple and their family spent two nights at the château and wrote to let us know how much they enjoyed their stay.
Review: Thank you for an
experience at your château! While our family has traveled
many others, Château d'Hattonchâtel was indeed the best
thus far. Not only were the accommodations luxurious and the
and decor impressive, but the hospitality made us feel warm and
Also, the private dinner was perhaps one of the most romantic and
evenings that my husband and I enjoyed. Fabien's outstanding
and descriptions, coupled with the incredible dining hall, made the
spectacular. We truly enjoyed our time spent and hope to come
again. - Mr
and Mrs B.D., Belgium - March 2011
Guest Review: Chateau Hattonchatel was more than we could've expected, and we enjoyed every second we were there. The room was wonderful and the view of the valley was stunning. We had a 6-course dinner on Friday night in front of a roaring fire at the Chateau, and Saturday night we ate in the village at the restaurant that was suggested which was also excellent. - B.B., USA - September 2014
château not far from Lyon. . .
Château de Chambost is a lovely château within an hour's drive of Lyon, France's gastronomic capital. Madame Véronique de Lescure is charming and wants to welcome you to her home. She offers conversational French lessons and cooking classes. Recently, an American lady spent several days there taking advantage of both French immersion and a cooking class. Madame enjoyed having her as a guests very much, and we received this response from the young lady -
Review: Please tell her I said
I absolutely adore her whole family. I can never thank her enough
for her gracious hospitality. I am hoping to return to the
sometime. - R.U.,
Loire region château in the vineyards . . .
Château de Cheman is an historic wine domaine near Angers and very close to the southern banks of the Loire River. Outside the absolutely charming village of Blaison-Gohier, you will find yourself in a charming château with warm and friendly hosts. This ideal vacation destination offers you luxurious bed and breakfast accommodations in a residence dating back to the fourteenth century on a working wine producing estate. Enjoy an apéritif before dinner with your hosts and other guests, and wake each morning to a copious breakfast. Visit the château to see photos and read about all the amenities and local attractions to make a holiday here very special.
Review: From the friendly
at the gate to the apéritif before dinner, our stay at
de Cheman began beautifully. Dinner was at our own table while
couple was at theirs. It was superb food, as was breakfast each
Our room was perfect with a view of the grounds, and we enjoyed our
to the local village where we had lunch with friends. The
are considerate and friendly, and we would certainly recommend the
to anyone. - C.M.,
Burgundy's Yonne département beckons . . .
Château de la Resle is the destination for artists. In addition to being a warm and inviting chambres d'hôtes offering two suites and two guest rooms as bed and breakfast accommodations in Burgundy's beautiful Yonne département, and convenient to the lovely city of Auxerre, a new restaurant has opened on the estate. The château's owners offer their guests an historic château experience while highlighting their appreciation of contemporary art and design. You will feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Enjoy the beautiful estate surrounded by interesting villages with fine restaurants. This is a truly unique property in one of France's most delightful regions.
Review: Art is the passion of
owners of this château, and it is tastefully placed to have the
impact on visitors. We had a nice room with a huge bathroom and
views in two directions over the estate and lovely breakfasts each
Not far away we discovered an excellent restaurant for dinner and spent
our days exploring the countryside and interesting villages.
location! Don't miss it! - Mr
and Mrs G.H., California, USA
Lush gardens surround this peaceful manoir . . .
The beautiful Manoir
La Chaussée in Brittany, famous for its incredible Jardin
Anglais, is now a welcome addition to au Château.
Often the location of writing workshops for its tranquil location and
ambiance, you can rent this château by the week, and enjoy the
spacious en suite bedrooms, two apartments and the separate cottage as
well as the spa and hot tub! When the property is not rented, bed
and breakfast accommodations can be made available. Inquire about
their art courses, too!
Lovely Country Manoir near Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi . . .
Domaine des Castelles, a few kilometers from both the walled city of Carcassonne and the delightful Canal du Midi, is a vine-covered house that is just perfect for a visit to the département of the Aude in the Languedoc-Roussillon of southern France. Recently, we received this comment from a guest:
Review: We really enjoyed
our trip, and staying with Isabelle was wonderful. It rained one
day, so she took us on a tour of the cellar with all the old remaining
winemaking casks, etc. - L.
N., California, USA
A Fine Château to Rent in Bordeaux Wine Country
The exquisite Château la Roque de Bas is in the Pomerol/Saint-Emilion wine country of Bordeaux and available to rent by the week. With five luxurious suites, a salt water swimming pool and hard surface tennis court, your family and friends will find this a perfect destination. Read some guest reviews for stays in 2011 and 2012:
Guest Review: "It was a wonderful way to spend our ruby wedding anniversary at Château La Roque de Bas surrounded by our family We have enjoyed all the local sights, have drunk copious amounts of wine, eaten loads of French breads and cheese. We have sunbathed around the pool and enjoyed the ambiance of the chateau.
Thank you, Jane, for waiting for us when we got lost coming from the airport. A massive thank you to Christophe for making our anniversary dinner so delicious and Florence - we want to take you home! Thank you all ... now back to the lashing rain of England!" Mr & Mrs B., UK - June 2012
Guest Review: "Thank you for a wonderful week from the Norwegians. The chateau, the area and the weather were perfect." Mr & Mrs T, Norway- July 2012
Review: "Great home,
location, brilliant week ... thank you." B.,
UK - August 2012
Guest Review: "The château is very pretty and the pool is fantastic. I really enjoyed playing on the tennis court even though I am not very good at it. The weather has been great which made the holiday even better. The bedrooms and living rooms were very comfortable. Thank you very much for letting us stay in your beautiful château." - Bethany B. (age 9), Scotland - July 2011
Guest Review: "Bordeaux is indeed beautiful. Château la Roque de Bas was a beautiful and relaxing experience, and we all enjoyed it thoroughly. You have a lovely home in a fantastic location. Having not been in France for years, the trip rekindled my interest - this may have been the first of many future visits!" - Jonathan R., Scotland - July 2011
Guest Review: "Thanks for a lovely week in your Château. We really did have a wonderful week and were sad to leave. The house is so well equipped that we really did not miss anything from home. The kids loved jumping in and our of the pool and relaxing around the garden. Christophe is a brilliant find; he cooked us all two lovely meals. If we could have booked him for the full week, we would have done so. Maybe next time!" - Neil R., UK - July 2011
Guest Review: "We had a most wonderful stay ... unseasonal weather did not dampen our spirits, and we made the most of your recommendations. Pace of life illustrated by the Huit a 8 supermarket which shuts for lunch ...well done on such a stylish home." - Yeatts Family, UK - July 2011
Guest Review: "What a wonderful home! We enjoyed it very much. The surroundings are great to take bicycle tours, the pool is fantastic, the tennis court is very good, and the accommodations are excellent. Thank you for recommending Christophe and his wife. Both were very warm and efficient. We had a very good vacation, and thank you for all your attention." Guiterrez Family, Mexico - August 2011
Guest Review: "Just a thank you for providing us with such a lovely base for our holiday. Your facilities were excellent...we couldn't have asked for better. A really enjoyable stay ..." S Griffin and family, UK - September 2011.
Guest Review: "Your home is absolutely beautiful, and the setting just idyllic. We very much appreciated your attention to detail. I hope the orchids survived as we did not realize they were real until the blooms started dropping off! We could have easily spent more time in the area as there is so much to do and see. We did manage to visit both St Emilion and Bordeaux. Thank you again for such a wonderful week." the Brannan and Morgan families, Canada - August 2011
Guest Review: "The Mildenhall reunion went very well; much laughter and reminiscing from parents and sons. Great venue - could not have been better! Despite some wet days, a few managed a tan by the end of two weeks." The Mildenhalls (Australia) June 2013.
Review: "It was such a great
to stay in such a wonderful home. When we return as a group, we
definitely stay there again. We are all creatures of habit and
found such a comfortable spot, I can see no other option we would
I was very happy with our choice to stay with you." Mr
and Mrs Rusciano (USA) May 2013.
History and Country Comforts in the Dordogne
de la Poujade,
once surrounded by rich vineyards, is one of the largest chartreuses
in the Dordogne. It is an Historical Monument high on the slopes
of the Black Périgord, only twenty minutes from Sarlat and a
hour from Bergerac and Périgueux. We hope you visit its
soon to see the photos and read all about this fine holiday
The owners, Count and Countess de Commarque, inlcude a free visit to
fortress of Commarque, the historic birthplace of his
The dramatic keep was erected in 1380, and nearby the ruins of a
village, knight's tower, chapel and houses built into the rock were
by archaeologists ~they had been covered in vegetation for over 350
Visitors today can walk on the grounds in the valley to reach the keep
(donjon) from April to November 1st.
Another Commarque Family Château
de la Bourgonie,
near Sarlat and Bergerac in the popular Dordogne of southwest France,
another inviting destination. This medieval château dating
back to the 14th century (and a Listed Historic Monument), was enlarged
in the 17th century. It is beautifully decorated, oozing with
charm and offers breathtaking views over the Dordogne valley. The
château can accommodate 11 adults and children and one toddler
the age of two in the guest wing, and is rented only by the week.
As with Château de la Poujade, those who stay at La Bourgonie
receive a free tour of the Medieval fortress of Commarque.
A Dramatic Medieval Castel in Languedoc
d'Agel, nestled at the foot of Black Mountain in Languedoc,
has joined our family of prestigious lodgings in France. This
fortified castle from the 12th century is a superb example of medieval
architecture - completely updated for the absolute comfort of
in the 21st century. Rent it by the week for a gathering of
or friends, and enjoy this authentic experience in Minervois wine
Visit it on our site today to see the beautiful guest rooms, fantastic
gardens and surrounding vineyards. Agel is the perfect wedding
and your guests can visit nearby Carcassonne and the Canal du Midi.
La Fayette's Loire Valley Château
Château de Reignac is a beautiful, recently restored Loire Valley property at the edge of a magical little village, a short walk from a babbling brook and the River Indre. With a history of famous residents and owners, including Général Marquis de La Fayette, friend of George Washington and hero of the American Revolution, the château offers modern amenities (including an elevator) along with its amazing history. The largest private chapel in the Loire region can be found at Château Reignac ~ the setting for Masses as well as wedding ceremonies. The magnificent guest rooms furnished with great taste and style and are awaiting their next occupants. The beautiful en suite bathrooms are icing on the cake! This lovely château, located only a few minutes southeast of Tours in the village of Reignac-sur-Indre, is the perfect base for exploring the great châteaux of the Loire, sampling the fine wines of the region and experiencing château life at its best.
Review: We were thrilled to be at
de Reignac from the moment we arrived. Lovely appetziers and
preceded dinner, and we had the opportunity to sit and chat with other
guests. Dinner was incredible and served promptly and with great
to detail. Our room was very special with windows facing two
the village and the park in front of the château. Erick,
owner, is very pleasant and welcoming. He's always around to
questions and to tell us about the château. Most impressive
was the chapel with its sculpture of Louis de Barberin, Knight, Count
Reignac. The château was later
by his great-great grandson General Marquis de Lafayette.
We just loved everything about it and will return again at our first
& Mrs KS, California USA
Château Reignac was wonderful. We loved
it, and had a wonderful dinner and exceptional breakfasts. I
would whole heartedly recommend it. RP, USA, June 2016.
A Family's Historic Home Welcomes Guests in the Centre . . .
Chateau de Rère,a treasured family residence for over 20 generations, is also a stately and charming bed and breakfast in the lovely Loir et Cher département. History and modern amenities combine to provide guests with a wonderful château experience, and your hosts are friendly and helpful. The location in the Sologne forest is an added bonus. Don't miss the opportunity to stay there!
Review: We couldn't have
our stay more ...especially the tour of the château on our last
to understand more about the family history and the beautiful portraits
adorning the walls. The region is bucolic and pleasant, and we
several fine restaurants for lunch and dinner just a short drive from
château. Albéric d'Orléans and his wife are
hosts. We'll return again! -
Explore the Troglodyte Caves ~ then Sleep in Luxury . . .
Chateau de Jalnay, just south of the Loire and the Abbaye de Fontevraud, is a splendid, classic French château built over three centuries and today a sophisticated and luxurious chambres d'hôtes. Each guest room is thoughtfully decorated with all the comforts one could want, and the en suite bathrooms are sparkling and spacious with all the modern conveniences. The common rooms are elegant, and your friendly host and hostess offer fine breakfasts and dinners by advance reservation to make your stay memorable for years to come. Don't forget to visit their very own troglodyte cave dwellings! Amazing!
An Exciting Discovery . . .
Vieux Murs is
one of those hidden gems - a secret treasure one wants to keep all to
or herself. We discovered it this year nestled away behind the
historic village of Souvigny in the Allier département
the northernmost Auvergne. Minutes from the city of Moulins, this
fine country manor on over five acres of rolling lawns and rich with
trees, is now a member of our site. Lovely guest rooms, modern en
suite bathrooms, and a breakfast each morning that is more than
Your warm and friendly host and hostess, Michel and Laurence Louyot,
you feel as though you are staying with old friends. Les
Murs is a delight that should not be missed!
Indescribable Luxury in a Charming Normandy Château . . .
Château de Bénéauville is a unique and charming château in Normandy - an historic monument with exquisite interiors, comfortable en suite guest rooms, a pond for fishing, a sauna and a lovely large swimming pool for the ultimate enjoyment. Offering bed and breakfast accommodations from May through September each year, its location near the historic city of Caen and the D-Day landing beaches makes it the right choice for your stay in France.
A Treasure in Normandy . . .
de Saint-Maclou-la-Campagne is
an elegant château in Normandy offering guests four luxurious en
suite B&B guest rooms in a lovely country setting convenient to
Le Havre and Pont l’Évêque. It is also available for
renting in the summer months with a fifth bedroom accommodating ten
Lovely salons, an elegant dining room and magnificent grounds make this
château the perfect destination. It is convenient to
with its beautiful harbor and the resorts of Deauville and Trouville on
Come and Stay in Champagne Country . . .
Domaine Ployez-Jacquemart is a recently-opened bed and breakfast on the estate of the highly acclaimed Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart ~ what a lovely place to stay! Five beautifully-appointed rooms, all en suite, are available to guests who will find this an excellent base for their exploration of the Champagne region of France. Exclusive gourmet dinners complete with Champagne from the Domaine along with lovely wines are offered to guests with advance reservation. Do visit it today to see how absolutely charming Domaine Ployez-Jacquemart is!
Review: We had the exceptional
of two nights at Domain Ployez-Jacquemart. Our hostess, Laurence
Ployez, was charming, and included us on a tour of their cellars.
What a great experience to learn the complicated process of producing
bottling Champagne! Mr
& Mrs O, USA.
Savoie Getaway for Gourmands!
Château des Allues, a cozy and delightful château at the edge of the Alpes in the spectacular Savoie region of eastern France is one château you don't want to miss. It begs to be visited, whether for ski vacations in the winter or trekking holidays any other time of year. For those who are simply intrested in clean air, beautiful countryside, visiting historic towns, and sublime cuisine, it is perfect for you as well. Proprietor Stéphane Vandeville loves to cook, and if you reserve a spot at the table for dinner, you will have an outstanding and memorable meal!
Review: What a wonderful
The château is just outside of a charming little village,
with Swiss-style chalet homes, and we enjoyed our walk into town
times during our stay. Especially enjoyable was the little
rushing down from the mountains not far from the château's
gates. Dinner was delicious and beautifully presented, and we not
only enjoyed the local wines served but the company of other guests at
the table. Our room was grand and the views
sunrise over the alps. We'll go back and would recommend it to
& MT, California USA
Guest Review:I had high expectations of Allues, and Stéphane did not disappoint! The location was stunning. The food, and we had dinner there all three nights, was off the charts. My wife, who’s a real foodie, loved it. And we especially like the atmosphere he creates with other interesting guests, as we all dine together. Went to the top of the “Col” directly above St. Pierre d’Albigny on the way over to the Bauges region. CT, California USA July 2015
Atlantic Coast Beaches not far away . . .
Le Clos de la Garenne is a lovely place for a getaway in western France where you will be warmly welcome by Monsieur and Madame François. Just a few minutes from the historic port of La Rochelle, la Garenne offers spacious bedrooms, a suite or an apartment as bed and breakfast accommodations, or you can spend a week in the self-catering studio, Tournesol. The charming village of Puyravault is a convenient location for a home base to take day trips to the Ile de Ré, Ile d'Oléron, La Rochelle, Rochefort and the wonderful coastline of Atlantic France. Do visit le Clos de la Garenne on our site today, and include it in your next visit to France.
Review: We had two lovely
at this charming B&B ~ our hosts were friendly and helpful,
breakfast each morning was super! Our room was large and the en
bathroom modern. The family has two nice dogs and two amazing donkeys
are well cared for. The location made it easy for us to visit La
Rochelle, Rochefort, and several small towns and villages with lots of
history. We recommend it as a great place to stay when traveling
along the western coast of France.
T & K, USA 2011
Stay amid the Groves and Vineyards of Provence
Château Juvenal is warm and enchanting with its Provençal location and surrounded by its own vineyards and olive groves. Sparkling in the sunlight of southern France, Château Juvenal offers fine guest accommodations, dinners of regional cuisine including wine, and a refreshing swimming pool. Explore the villages and vineyards of Provence, spend hours wandering through the Carpentras market, or just enjoy quiet and relaxation at the château. Please visit them on our pages today!
Read an excerpt from someone who discovered Château Juvenal's wonderful wine in July of 2006:
Guest Review: Yesterday we visited a small town...close to where we live in Edinburgh, called Peebles and ate at a small bistro. Their Wine Merchant had supplied them with Château Juvenal 2004. IT WAS EXCELLENT and quite made our luncheon party. We had some good wines in the Luberon last summer during an extended visit there but nothing as good as yours.
Review: We couldn't have
our stay at Château Juvenal more! From our lovely room with
a spectacular shower and a balcony overlooking the front entrance to
delicious breakfasts and dinner we enjoyed at Anne-Marie's table, it
be long remembered as one of our favorite Provençal
Meeting the other guests, sampling the château's own wine, and
home a small can of Juvenal's exquisite olive oil...what a great
O & S, USA
a minimum of 3 nights at any château found on our web site.
the 5-bedroom apartment in this historic château ~
Château de Garrevaques, in the beautiful Tarn region of southwestern France, welcomes families and groups of friends to its five-bedroom château apartment.
In December of 2004, 15 beautiful air conditioned guest rooms with canopy beds and ensuite bathrooms were created on the property along with a restaurant and a complete spa! Now visitors can enjoy the charm of a château, the health benefits of a spa, fine cuisine, and the attractions of the Tarn region all at one place: Château de Garrevaques!
If you know of anyone planning a wedding in France, Marie-Christine Combes, your hostess at Garrevaques, is there to help. With the large Orangerie (over 3600 square feet) now occupying their beautiful ancient barn, the Combes can offer ideal facilities for a wedding, dances, reunions, large parties and seminars.
Please visit Château de Garrevaques on our web site to learn more about the château, the spa, the restaurant and all the relaxing and interesting pastimes to be found there -- before you plan your next visit to France!
Review: "What do little
dream of? ... sleeping in a pink turretted château in the middle
of the French countryside ~ and that's exactly what I did. It was
wonderful. The Château de Garravaques has been in the family for
generations, and now Marie-Christine and her husband, Claude, welcome
warmly to their home in the village of Garravaques. Nothing is too much
trouble, and it is the ideal place for a rest and total relaxation or
recuperation. The surrounding woods (great for picnics) and countryside
are silent, ensuring an excellent sleep in the antique beds (modern
and the fabulous swimming pool is a wonderful way of enjoying the sun
a little gentle excercise! The chef produces a superb selection
French cuisine, and for total pampering the spa provides everything
massage to a multiplicity of wraps ~ absolute bliss. It is not
that the carefully-preserved historic rooms provide an excellent
for a wedding or special ocassion. Satisfaction guaranteed. I loved
a trip (or taints its memory) more than trying to
Château de Vollore and its American Connection
The General Marquis de Lafayette played a pivotal role in the United States War of Independence, so it is with great interest that we visited Château de Vollore in France's Auvergne, owned by a direct descendant of the General, Madame Aubert de La Fayette and her charming husband. Our stay was luxurious and restful. The scenery outstanding. Local cuisine perfect. And, most of all, our host and hostess were two of the most welcoming people you will ever meet in France. Touring the rooms of the château and viewing keepsakes of the General with Monsieur Aubert de La Fayette was an enlightening and educational experience we will always remember. We recently received the following letter from another recent guest, one with a very special interest in General Lafayette:
Guest Review: "Dear friends, I enjoyed reading au Château News. I stayed at chateau Vollore last summer (2002) and agree with your assessment of the Aubert La Fayettes and the fine accommodations. I will never forget them. Since I am writing a biography of General Lafayette, I drove south to the château musée Chavaniac, where there is a fascinating sound and light show. I also visited Le Puy en Velay and saw the ruined château Polignac. I am a retired art and architecture critic and live with my wife in sunny Naples, Florida. Bonne chance! Sincerely, D. M., Florida, USA "
Review: "M. Aubert La Fayette
one of the most gracious hosts we had. The castle is very
we had a hard time finding it as there are lots of turns along the
not [many] signs." Mr
& Mrs T, Philadelphia
Relaxing & Affordable Two-night Getaway
If you are interested in a short break in northeastern France, Château des Monthairons is a great place to stay, wonderful meals and more!
Review: "Last June
my mother and I rented a car in Paris and went on a plan-it-as-you-go
through Europe. We stumbled upon [Château des] Monthairons
and stayed one night. We felt very fortunate to have found such a
beautiful and elegant retreat away from the hectic world. We
the history and architecture of the Château, as well as the
grounds and countryside. We...walked up and down the banks of the
[River] Meuse and thought Monthairons was a special place.
was superb and the Château staff could not have been better. The
people there were really nice to my mother and me. We have a
poster of the Château in our front hallway because we liked our
so much. If we were ever to [stay at] a château for a week,
the Château des Monthairons would be it." B.M.,
Château des Monthairons was absolutely wonderful, and we hated to
leave! Our accommodations were perfect, and we thoroughly enjoyed
the beautiful grounds. We dined there twice, and each night the
food was outstanding! And, of course, the staff made us feel
right at home. Again, many thanks for all your help. I
couldn't have asked for a more perfect birthday celebration!"
J.C., USA - June 2014
a good guest.
In a survey of proprietors (of various nationalities), we
Rave Review of Château de Boucéel
Chateau de Boucéel in Normandy's Manche département has long been a favorite of visitors to our web site. It is a charming residence with an interesting history and guests are always made to feel like old friends. A very short time ago one such guest returned home, and she was kind enough to share her experiences at and observations of the château with us.
Guest Review: "Finding au-chateau.com was a dream come true! I felt like a kid in a candy store looking at all the beautiful chateaux. After several communications with three chateaux, we decided to book a reservation at the Chateau de Boucéel. They were best able to accommodate us, and the price was excellent. I traveled to France with my daughter and her Aunt, and the duration of our stay at the chateau was April 27 thru April 30, 2003.
"Chateau de Boucéel is breathtaking to say the least. The chateau is warm and inviting yet is very regal and elegant. We felt so welcomed. Beautiful moldings and paintings adorn all the walls throughout the chateau. The parquet floors, large windows and wall paneling and moldings are very reminiscent of Versailles. The current chateau was created in the mid-1750s out of the stone from the castle that use to be a few hundred yards away which had been the post during the Hundred Years War to notify Mont Saint Michel of any armies coming.
"Comte Regis is nothing less than the most charming and gracious host. This was so much more than going to a bed and breakfast. This was the chance of a lifetime to visit with a family that has owned this property for hundreds and hundreds of years. He has so much knowledge that he loves to share regarding the history of the land and his family. Truly remarkable! It has been an honor to meet him.
"The three of us stayed in Nelly's bedroom (Nelly was his aunt, and this was her room). It was exquisite with its marble mantel and many family portraits that go back several generations. Family history is placed around the room, such as Nelly's birth announcement tucked in the mantle mirror. The large windows open to the pond and cow pasture. The small room off the adjoining bathroom was the Comte's room as a small boy. The bathroom was large and very clean. The beds were very comfortable and the sheets are of rich cotton/linen. We felt like royalty when we slipped between the sheets for a wonderful night's sleep.
"Breakfast was delicious with a bounty of wonderful bakery, jams, coffee, cocoa and fresh orange juice served elegantly in the dining room. It is an experience I will always treasure. We all would love to come back and stay again some day since three days were not enough time to see everything we wanted to see." A.K., Wisconsin, USA
Review: "Château de
and the Count were delightful...a charming host. It was hard to
we were sleeping in a room occupied twenty years before the
War! I cannot even imagine staying in anything but a chateau from
this point foreward." WEE,
properties, if not all, employ local ladies as chamber maids.
The Warmth of Château de la Roque ~ now under new ownership
A seasoned traveler recently wrote of his auto trip to enjoy some of the highlights of Normandy. Having never stayed in château bed and breakfasts before, he found himself pleasantly surprised when he arrived at Château de la Roque:
Guest Review: "The Château de La Roque lies a few miles west of St-Lô, not far from the Normandy Beaches and the famous Bayeux tapestry. You approach down a narrow, tree-lined lane, pass through an iron gate and find an immense lawn separating the château from the old, now-converted, stables which house the main dining room, kitchen and additional sleeping units.
been assured by those at au Château that we would like
château we might choose from their web site, regardless of
We were not disappointed." D.
D., Santa Maria, California, USA
a dinner guest in a French château (or French home) mustn't do:
Flowers for all seasons
Château de la Foltière has tours for all seasons at the le Parc Floral de Haute-Bretagne -- those beautiful gardens you see on their web pages. Throughout the year there are scheduled expositions and plant sales (for those of you who live near enough to Brittany to take a plant home!) and the gardens are always in bloom with color. And guests of Château de la Foltière will be made most comfortable by the kind and charming Monsieur Jouno, who transformed this corner of Brittany into an enchanted floral oasis. His dedication and devotion to his gardens is abundantly clear to everyone who visits the gardens or is a guest of the château. Contact M. Jouno for events during the year or visit his own web site -- a link can be found on our site at Château de la Foltière.
Review: In 2001, a contest was
by the newsletter, FRANCE On Your
and the winner received a two-night stay for two at a château
from this web site. The winner, J.M. of California, selected Château
de la Foltière in Brittany -- she and her
spent four days there in the Spring following a three-week visit to the
south of France. "Our host, M. Jouno, welcomed us graciously . .
. you could see his pride in the château and his passion for the
gardens he'd designed. The château . . . has three
Its restoration has been done with meticulous care . . .
room, the 'Renoir', was spacious and lovely with warm colors . . . and
Louis XVI-styled furniture. Our days began with breakfast in the
tea salon, complete with table linens and vases of fresh flowers.
The breakfast was excellent . . . We were struck by the
and imagination that had gone into the creation of the themed gardens
No matter what you choose to do during the day . . . it's a delight to
wander through the gardens at days' end." - J.M.,
Normandy Château . . . enjoy the disco!
Château de Canisy is history, charm and absolute luxury all rolled into one. Bathrooms so elegant, you will want to spend the day soaking in an elegant tub; bedrooms designed for total comfort and serenity; an estate with its own lake and expansive lawns with woodlands...so much to enjoy in beautiful Normandy. Here are some of the guest reviews:
Guest Review: I have been meaning to email you and thank you for your role in steering us to Chateau de Canisy. It was everything we had hoped for and more. The Chateau itself is stunning, the grounds are lovely, and the staff was just wonderful. Sandrine and Jennifer couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating. We ended up taking all 4 dinners there, and the chef does an outstanding job. We were fortunate to be there on a weekend when the Count drove up from Paris, so meeting him and having him join us for drinks and dinner one night was just icing on the cake. I would (and already have) highly recommend it to friends. Jennifer asked that we give them a good review on Trip Advisor, which I will do as soon as I have a moment. - V.D., Georgia, USA 2013
Guest Review: It wasn't long ago that we heard from four Americans who had been guests at Château de Canisy in Normandy. Here is just some of the praise they heaped upon the property and its owner: "Our real treat, however, was the Château de Canisy. You were correct -- it did take our breath away. We four were the only guests, and they treated us to the complete experience. . . cocktails, time to explore, dinner complete with fireplace going. . . Their English is excellent, as well as everything else, including the wine served with dinner. . .What a treat it was. We would like to go back."
Remember that this large château can be rented to accommodate wedding guests, all the family and friends for a celebratory event, or makes the ideal location for a garden wedding. Past guests have had assistance arranging catering, wedding dinners, hot-air balloon rides and garden cocktail parties, so anything is possible. Contact us at email@example.com with your ideas or questions for renting Château de Canisy.
And another Review: "We were overwhelmed by the hospitality extended to us during our too-brief stay at Château de Canisy. A fire glowing in every room, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres served in grand style, and our beautiful room! It was just wonderful. We will recommend more than one night at Château de Canisy to anyone who will listen!!"
Review: "We had a simply
time ... We were beautifully looked after and the food at the
was delicious. We stayed up late three nights in a row, going to
bed at dawn on the Saturday night! Everything was perfect and
had such a fabulous time. The tour of the beaches and our coach
was very poignant and the fish restaurant for lunch
Sandrine was enormously helpful always, and nothing was ever too
N.D., UK 2011
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Provence and Château Talaud await you!
Château Talaud, with exquisite guest rooms, suites and apartments, and situated among its own vineyards, is the ideal location for visits to the Vaucluse of Provence. Recently, we received the following review from someone who discovered it on this web site:
Guest Review: "The château, rooms and grounds are gorgeous...but by the time we arrived, my husband was very sick. Madame was very gracious about helping me take care of him, as was her husband, who offered to take him to a doctor." J.T., Philadelphia
just wanted to let you know that we had a lovely stay at Chateau Talaud
in October and wanted to thank you for your recommendations and
with the reservation- a beautiful spot, great food and lovely hosts.
the Dordogne and Paris were all wonderful, and we are looking forward
a return." D.T.,
Roanoke, Virginia 2012
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