Found right in the middle of Southern France, Languedoc is an intriguing mix of beautiful towns on the coast and rural bliss inland. From the bustling energy of Montepellier to the beautiful medieval castles of Carcassonne, there are plenty of places to visit and plenty of stuff to see – and plenty of opportunities for relaxation too. If you’ve ever fancied seeing what authentic French countryside living is like, there are few places better to experience it like Languedoc.
With vineyards aplenty and delicious regional specialities like cassoulet and gardiane to tuck into, indulgent living is definitely on the agenda. Fancy reconnecting with nature? The marshes of Languedoc are a wonder to behold, full of fascinating wildlife including flamingos and wild white horses. If you’re not convinced already, we’ve picked our top 10 chateaux and luxury villas in Languedoc – which one’s your favourite?
With lush greenery, flourishing flora and charming interiors; L’Oustal Des Fleurs is an escape like no other. You’ll have hours of sheer bliss lounging on the hammock in the colourful garden, surrounded by the fragrance of flowers and the sounds of birdsong. Then when you’re ready to explore, a trip to the weekly markets in nearby Olonzac is perfect for a touch of shopping and some tasty treats.
Prices from: £87pppn
Giving a bit of a tropical feel to the rural heartlands of Languedoc, the interior at Chateau Asturias was inspired by the look and feel of Bali. The garden, in particular, is styled after Indonesian design and chilling out and enjoying the space will be one of the highlights of your trip! With fantastic views and a quirky castle feel, Chateau Asturias is a must for those who value character as much as comfort.
Prices from: £34pppn
If your idea of an ideal break is getting a couple of close friends together and enjoying the best of everything as simple as possible, you could do a lot worse than booking at La Maison du Sud! The exposed brickwork and beams in the property give it a wonderfully welcoming rustic feel, and the town of Uzes is a leisurely twenty-minute drive away for fantastic day trips and exploring local cafés and restaurants. Read our Languedoc Travel Guide to find out more.
Prices from: £32pppn
With its turrets and its riverside location, Chateau Chamborigaud will bowl over visitors of all ages with its charm and elegance. Decorated inside with an exacting and individual eye, this is one chateau that’s great if you’re into your outdoor activities. There’s a lake nearby which is perfect for watersports, and skiing is only a 20-minute drive away!
Prices from: £63pppn
Chateau De Valombreuse is more of a destination for grown-ups – the little ones might end up getting a little bored! The absolutely magnificent house is the place to book if you’re looking for long, lazy afternoons lounging around, and there are 160 hectares of grounds to explore. Brilliantly, 60 of those are taken up by vineyards, and you can enjoy wine tasting on the grounds of the chateau itself too.
Prices from: £124pppn
This villa-style chateau is perfect if you want to take the kids away and have them fall in love with France from an early age! Set into the scenic Cévennes mountains and only 10 minutes away from the nearest village, Chateau De Mazelle provides high chairs and cots for the little ones while the adults can enjoy the pool, fantastic scenery and total sense of peace and quiet.
Prices from: £36pppn
Surrounded by 3 acres of vineyards, gardens brimming with lavender and an irresistible pool… Languedoc homes don’t get any better than this! Spend days splashing in the pool before retiring inside to gloriously cooling white-washed interiors. This house is the ideal base for following the Cote du Rhone wine route where you can stop in at vineyards for tastings along the way, or simply never leave the Mas, enjoying breakfast or dinner on the terrace. Bliss!
Prices from: £35pppn
Boasting a vibrant contemporary design and a huge range of things do (including a programme of watersports suitable for all ages), Villa Verre et Mer is perfect for indulgent breaks with friends and family where you want to enjoy the very best of everything! Lounge around in the beautiful and airy communal spaces, watch some classics in the cinema room or melt your troubles away in the sauna. Feeling adventurous? Head out in the speedboat or try out the kayaks – you’ll never run out of options when it comes to entertainment and adventure!
Prices from: £98pppn
Chateau De L’Ange will definitely tickle the fancy of history buffs, as well as those who have always fancied the high life in true medieval style! This 12th Century castle has been fully renovated to offer guests the height of luxury and is found right near the charming little village of Aigues-Vives, but there are numerous medieval towns nearby for fantastic days out and taking in the sights. Not that the chateau itself is short of sights – lying at the foot of the Black Mountain, it enjoys some great views.
Prices from: £47pppn
10. Chez Le Vigneron
Chez Le Vigneron is a wine-lovers paradise. Located in the heart of a historic village in Languedoc that is famed for its wines, the area is also surrounded by delightful vineyards. There are also three UNESCO World Heritage sites within driving distance that are ideal for a day trip. The charming courtyard has a picture-perfect plunge pool that is great for lazing the days away. Large groups and families will find plenty of space to retreat and relax in this home – with four lounges and an upper terrace, a slower pace of life is promoted in Chez Le Vigneron.
Prices from: £31pppn