French Chateaux to rent

Chateaux are magical – they look like they’ve been plucked straight out of a fairytale, with lots of character, history and beauty. Staying in a luxury chateau while on holiday is a unique experience, which is why we sent our destination experts to find the best French chateaux for rent.  

You’ll feel like royalty; with opulent interiors, spacious rooms, private pools and luscious gardens, this type of holiday is perfect for the whole family. They come in all shapes and sizes, with private chateaux sleeping anywhere between 6-80 people.

The chateau-dotted landscape of France is vast, and whether you decide to stay in one of the many chateaux in northern France or the south of France, you’re in for a treat. Kids can play princes and princesses or knights and dragons, parents can relax in the grounds or the whole family can take a trip to one of the charming local French villages. The memories you’ll make will last a lifetime.

Dreaming of a French chateau wedding? Live out your very own fairytale in one of our private, luxury properties. And if you need help planning the big day, our wedding consultants are here for you.

Get in touch with our concierge team to find the ideal chateau for you and your family (or wedding party!).

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Luxury Chateaux in France: Our Top Picks

Areas and regions of France

Just like our collection of chateaux, the regions of France have their own unique points; whether you’re a traveler who enjoys basking in the sunshine on a golden beach, a wine connoisseur who loves a bit of vineyard-hopping, or an outdoor explorer who’s obsessed with hiking/walking, you’ll be able to find your ideal holiday in France.

Chateaux in northern France are a great base to explore the wild and rugged coastline, while a chateau to rent in the south of France offers up a world of stunning nature and chic lifestyles. And with most of our chateaux being within walking distance to a local village, you’ll truly be able to live like a local.

A French chateau holiday is ideal for families – large gardens, private pools, spacious rooms and nearby activities is great for groups of all ages. 

Loire Valley

Where better to stay in a medieval chateau than in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site? With stunning landscapes that are draped in history, glamorous cities and incredible vineyards, Loire Valley is an idyllic French retreat.

Loire Valley

Boasting a dramatic coastline, lush green interiors, picturesque pockets (like Normandy) and a rich history, Northern France is authentic, beautiful and unlike any other region.

South of France

From the glittering French Riviera to the cobbled streets of Languedoc, this sun-soaked region of France caters to every taste – whether you’re a laid-back beach dweller, upmarket city slicker or simply a wanderer.

South West

Who doesn’t love South West France? Foodies flock to Aquitaine, outdoor explorers head to Midi-Pyrenees and those who are looking for a slow-paced quintessential French break visit Dordogne. The region ticks all the boxes!

Burgundy

If you’re all about the wining and dining, look no further than historic Burgundy, the world’s best destination for wine lovers. Its vineyards have been given UNESCO World Heritage status, with its food scene being a great match.

Top French chateaux for rent

The experience of staying in a French chateau is unlike any other holiday home. Where else can you have breakfast overlooking the beautiful French countryside while staying somewhere that’s centuries-old (and sometimes even a listed property?) Each luxury chateau in our collection has its own unique history, whether that’s housing French royals, defending villages in battles or even as refuges during wars. Although these chateaux date back hundreds of years, they’ve been lovingly restored by their owners; our destination experts handpicked every French chateau that’s in our collection. A French chateau holiday with Oliver’s Travels is perfect for historians, architecture-lovers or just someone that wants to stay somewhere truly beautiful.

Check some examples:

Chateau Beau Village, Dordogne

The perfect place to stay for an idyllic French getaway, this Renaissance period château has been beautifully restored while still retaining its original character. It boats 25 acres of grounds, a heated outdoor pool, and it’s only 2km from the charming village of Monpazier. Sleeps 12.

Chateau Gaillac, Midi-Pyrenees

If you’re looking for somewhere to soak up the local lifestyle and natural beauty, a stay in this Napoleonic château between two historic cities won’t disappoint. With opulent interiors, a child-safe pool and tons of space, the whole family will love this holiday home. Sleeps 20.

Languedoc

Looking like its been plucked straight out of a Disney movie, this magical château is only a 5-minute walk from the village of Chamborigaud and is adjacent to the Cevennes National Park. Wine-tasting, golf, walking trails and water-sports are all nearby. Sleeps 18.

Chateau De Cource, Normandy

Take a step back in time when you stay at this 17th-century château in the peaceful Normandy countryside; the grand interiors and landscaped gardens will take your breath away. Enjoy plenty of on-site activities or take a day trip to one of the nearby sandy beaches.  Sleeps 10-14.

Chateau De Garmeaux, Picardy

Just 45-minutes from Paris and the fun-filled parks of Disneyland, this Picardy château will win the hearts of the whole family. Although, with a games room, home cinema and heated pool you might want to just stay in the château. Sleeps 12-17.

Chateau Les Peintures, Aquitaine

Located on a wine estate, and newly refurbed, this stylish château isn’t far from UNESCO-listed Saint-Émilion as well as a variety of world-renowned vineyards. With an outdoor heated pool amongst 3 hectares of beautiful parkland, you’re in for a treat. Sleeps 18-20.

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