Who doesn’t love a bit of quirkiness every now and again? Don’t get us wrong – there’s nothing wrong with a digestive biscuit, but every so often nothing but a jammy dodger will do. And the bigger your indulgence, the more important it is to be a bit quirky. That’s why we think that when you’re on the lookout for holiday accommodation, you definitely want to pick somewhere with a bit of character. After all, why spend your hard-earned money on a holiday and then stay in a bland hotel room that had all of its personality sucked out in 1987 – especially when you can get somewhere seriously swish for the same price?
Our range of luxury chateaux and villas in France includes some of the most stylish and memorable holiday homes you can find, and that’s saying something – when it comes to interior design, the French have been ahead of the curve for centuries. Whether you’re looking for Sun King-style opulence or something that’s a little bit chic and sexy, there’ll be something tempting in our portfolio – but to start you off, we’ve picked the quirkiest chateaux for you to enjoy below!
Prices from: £22 per person per night
A venerable property that’s full of surprises, Domaine de Favaze is actually one of the oldest properties on our portfolio, with parts of the structure dating back some 700 years to 1308. Back then it was just a sheep pen, but over the years it’s been added to and improved until today, where it’s the perfect place to enjoy a laid back vibe, unconventional architecture and colourful, invigorating décor.
Location: French Riviera (Cote d’Azur)
Prices from: £194 per person per night
Chateau De La Victoire is fit for royalty (seriously, HRH Queen Elizabeth stayed here!). Not only is the interior incredibly ornate, grand and finished to perfection, so is its history. Fit for Queens and celebrities alike, the famous rapper, Nelly, filmed his music video for Millionaire here. You can’t get more quirky than this gorgeous palace!
Prices from: £65 per person per night
Less a holiday home and more a holiday village, Catelnau de Fezensac is a 13th Century fortified hamlet with 12 individual houses for guests to enjoy. Found in the heart of Gascony, the beautiful landscape stretches off for miles around and, as you’d expect from rural France, the local cuisine is absolutely sublime. Better yet, the capacity, surroundings and fact there’s a church in the grounds make it the ideal place for a destination wedding!
Prices from: £53 per person per night
Chateau de Cource’s grandiose touch, bold colour and pattern choices make this chateau a perfect spot to bask in the grandeur of French design. The gardens are wonderful to walk around and there is great trekking and biking nearby. In the winter, the huge fireplaces are perfect for snuggling in front of.
Sleeps: Up to 15
Prices from: £27 per person per night
If you’ve ever fancied sleeping in your very own historic monument, a trip to Chateau de Baloigne is just the ticket! The castle ruins that surround it are protected by the French government and make for a suitably dramatic place to sit enjoy drinks and dinner, while the interiors and amenities have been renovated to ensure the highest standards of living – it might be an old chateau, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all your preferred modern luxuries!
Prices from: £27 per person per night
This is one chateau that revels in the exotic! The garden has a zen-like simplicity to it that’s reminiscent of Bali, making it great for summer stays. The 12th Century wall and raised swimming pool complete the relaxing atmosphere, and you’re right next to the local village so supplies (and a visit to the local patisserie!) are only a moment away.
Prices from: £32 per person per night
One of the most wonderful things about this property is the fact that you can spend your evenings in the 16th Century Dovecote, which has been converted into a bar and lounge. The medieval styling – dating back to when the chateau was first built – will make you feel like you have stepped back in time with its coats of arms, suits of armour and rich history and surroundings.
Location: Vendee & Charente
Prices from: £19 per person per night
This is one chateau that’ll absolutely blow you away with its exterior! Though the owners live in the main building the keep and pavilion are available to rent. You’ll never get bored of looking at the stunningly designed main tower, and relaxing in a garden surrounded by ancient brickwork is an experience you won’t soon forget.
9. La Tour
Prices from: £24 per person per night
What could be more appealing than your own tower by the beach? La Tour is a charming and attractive home that sits right by the shore, meaning you’ll be woken up every morning by the sound of the sea. It’s a snug and cosy little place that’s perfect for a romantic retreat or a family getaway where you want to make the most of the coast.
10. Chateau Lignol
Prices from: £29 per person per night
With exposed wooden beams running through the interior and ornate 14th Century stylings outside, this miniature castle in the middle of the countryside is perfect for kicking back and feeling like the lord or lady of the manor! With rural bliss in every direction and plenty to explore, Chateau Lignol is the perfect mix of style and sophistication that still lets you feel like you’re getting away from it all.
11. Chateau Morvan
Prices from: £40 per person per night
The interior décor might not be to everyone’s taste, but those who like their accommodation a little out of the ordinary are bound to fall in love with it. The renovation of Chateau Morvan has utilised up-to-the-minute design techniques that have stripped back the chateau’s walls to their original stone and augmented it with wood, concrete and metal to create a truly unique look. Couple that with loads of space for everyone to relax and you’re onto a winner!
12. Manoir Anoir
Location: Loire Valley
Prices from: £31 per person per night
Enjoy the feeling of living the medieval life at Manoir Anoir! Inside you’ll find plush décor reminiscent of days gone by, and the fact that the whole thing is partly surrounded by a moat only adds to the ambience! In summer you can enjoy the beautiful grounds, but in the cooler months you’ll be hard pressed not to light the lounge’s impressive main fireplace and just sit around, enjoying the flickering firelight and a glass of some of the fantastic local wine.
Prices from: £63 per person per night
Enchanting Chateau Chamborigaud will captivate you as soon as you arrive. You will feel as though you are living in a Disney film. A wonderful traditional interior with quirky paintings and even an outdoor kitchen for the summer months! The chateau is moments away from great outdoor activities, such as, skiing, walking or watersports on the reservoir.
14. La Maison du Sud
Prices from: £26 per person per night
If you’re looking for a holiday that takes in the best of the South of France, La Maison du Sud’s unique charms will ensure you’ve got somewhere gorgeous to stay while you enjoy this fantastic part of France! Homely, inviting stonework is found throughout the interior creating a rustic but welcoming atmosphere, while the closeness of the local village and some beautiful towns to explore nearby only add to the magic.
Prices from: £80 per person per night
If you’re a fan of classical music, art or gastronomy, this bubbly Chateau is perfect for you. Overlooking the picturesque Gascogne hillside, this peaceful location is the perfect place to unwind. Its elegant interior is equipped to entertain large groups with ease. Gourmet jams are also prepared at the chateau that you can have with your breakfast or to take home as a souvenir, delicious!
This is just a summary of our favourite quirky French properties, we’ve got so much more to offer! Find your perfect holiday rental across Europe and the Caribbean! For any inquiries or questions, please contact our concierge team.