Few places rival the lengthy history and quintessential charm of Northern France. Renowned for its lush pastures, green forests and lively farmlands, this tranquil region will leave you in awe as you escape the daily grind for a well-deserved break. Whether you are travelling with the whole family, a group of friends or as a couple, this region has the potential to please everyone. To help inspire your holiday plans, we’ve gathered 10 of our favourite villas in Northern France – and some look straight out of a storybook.
1. Chateau Lazuline, Normandy
A unique union of modern New York design and classic French elegance, this chic 17th-century chateau has been featured on the front page of Maison Normandes and Elle Decor – you’ll seen see why. The stylish social areas have been designed for relaxing while also admiring the pretty banks of the Seine. Come nightfall, you can dine under the stars in the beautiful arbour – a true French dream come true.
Prices from: £99pppn
2. Chateau Belle Vie, Picardy
If you’re all about celebrating the good life, this is the chateau for you. As the name quaintly suggests, guests of Chateau Belle Vie can expect interiors with glamorous furnishings, alongside entertaining touches like table tennis, an indoor trampoline room, and a snooker room. All just 400 metres from the local boulangerie! It’s truly a beautiful life…
Prices from: £38pppn
3. Domaine Du Pont Farmhouse, Normandy
Once a safe house for aristocrats during the French Revolution and then used in the resistance during World War II, Domaine du Pont stands as an authentic slice of French history whose past is still very much present. With notable names such as Aga Khan and the Dalai Lama among its previous guests, you’ll be in good company at this perfect countryside escape.
Prices from: £26pppn
4. Chateau Quatre Saisons, Normandy
This centuries-old chateau has been brought back to life thanks to the love and exceptional tastes of its new owners. Today, Chateau Quatre Saisons is a stylish and elegant haven set within 60 acres of park and woodlands that have been listed as a ‘site classé’. You’ll find beautiful walking paths throughout the grounds, while there’s also a popular cycling route in the area which you can enjoy on one of the chateau’s complimentary bikes.
Price from: £69pppn
5. Chateau De Jaques, Champagne
The renowned landscape architect Le Notre designed the fabulous gardens of Chateau De Jaques across 10 lush hectares of wooded grounds. Learn more about the chateau’s fascinating history from the resident owners, who are on hand to share their local knowledge or even to prepare meals for you throughout your stay. You’ll be free to spend your break completely carefree, roaming the property and its lush surroundings.
Prices from: £46pppn
6. Manoir Normand, Normandy
Price from: £56pppn
Find this lovingly restored 18th century manoir right in the heart of historical Bayeux, just a few minutes walk from the town’s restaurants, shops, cathedral and Queen Mathilde’s UNESCO classified Bayeux Tapestry. The villa is set within an enclosed garden and has been decorated using impeccable French furnishings, but it also holds all the modern comforts you could ask for, including a wellness room with hot tub and sauna.
7. Chateau Royal, Paris Region
This astonishing property is a landmark in itself, no more than 30 kilometres from Paris. In the past, it’s served as a destination for royalty and a venue of choice for numerous high-end events and ceremonies. Now available for exclusive hire, including dedicated services like coordinators, chefs, a butler and concierge, it’s the ultimate wedding venue if you’re looking to tie the knot in France.
Prices from: £129pppn
8. Chateau des Temps, Champagne
This luxury villa in Northern France has been expertly restored, maintaining its unique 17th century charm with original features like a stunning carved marble fireplace, ancient tapestries, and oak floors. A unique timely aura still resonates here, but nonetheless, you won’t miss out on any contemporary comforts or amenities. You’re also well-placed to spend days leisurely exploring the neighbouring vineyards and beautiful villages nearby.
Prices from: £61pppn
9. Pavillon Normandie, Normandy
Price from: £60pppn
The spectacular Pavillon Normandie dates all the way back to the 16th century when it was lived in by one of the greatest political thinkers and writers of his time. The property’s stunning English gardens were created by his wife, and would later come to include WWII-fortifications which still stand today. In modern times, it’s been updated with love, celebrating all the home’s original charm but also incorporating modern comforts and amenities like a home cinema room.
10. Chateau Beaucharm, Champagne
Price from: £17pppn
Chateau Beaucharm is the ideal place to enjoy the unspoilt heart of France’s wine country. The old stone house is surrounded by green gardens, meadows, streams and forests where you can wander freely, eat your meals al fresco and even swim in the nearby lake. Inside the chateau, you’ll be charmed by the old-school decor, wooden beams, tile and stone. Only a few kilometres away is the town of Bourbonne-les-Bain, which is famous for its spas and hot springs – you’re sure to come away feeling entirely rested.
These are just a few of our luxury villas and chateaux in northern France. We’ve got plenty more to choose from, so feel free to contact our concierge service if you need a little help deciding. And for those looking to read more about Northern France, check out our travel guide.