Known for its rich culture and delicious cuisine, France is the number one most visited country in the world. The largest country in Western Europe is packed with perfect skiing, glittering coastlines, and cosmopolitan cities. And if you’re heading to its rolling countryside in a region such as the Dordogne or the Alsace, why not really push the boat out when looking for somewhere to stay? France has more than 45,000 châteaus, many of which have been opened up to tourism through sites such as Booking.com and Airbnb.
In this post, we’ll take a look at 15 of the best Airbnb châteaus in France. These castles will make your stay one that you certainly won’t forget in a hurry!
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Best Airbnb Chateau Stays in France
Location: Saint-Saturnin-sur-Loire, Pays de la Loire
Located south of the town of Angers and the River Loire, this stunning French castle has a studio on its ground floor that is perfectly suited to a solo traveller or couple. The manor house boasts French Renaissance architecture in its own gardens.
The château also boasts a swimming pool and library, while you can rent bikes and e-bikes to explore the Loire Valley on your doorstep. In addition, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site making it even more special. This lovely French castle has a six-night minimum stay and costs €90 per night.
Location: Puimisson, Occitanie
Always dreamed of staying in a château in the south of France? This castle is close to the town of Beziers, the Haut-Languedoc Natural Paras as well as the city of Montpellier.
It’s another romantic spot with a double bed in a studio room in a castle tower. You can cool off in the pool or warm up in the hot tub, and you’ll be assured of privacy for you and your other half. It costs €120 per night to rent this charming French castle Airbnb.
Location: Onlay, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Getting a little bigger now, but this French castle is still small enough to be considered cute. It’s in the rural town of Onlay, close to the Parc naturel regional du Morvan – so you can be assured of long walks and bike rides if that’s what you’re looking for.
The castle itself boasts a swimming pool and a shared garden. You’re assured peace and quiet here, as the nearest shops and restaurants are two kilometres away. There’s a fully-equipped kitchen should you want to stay at home and enjoy wine with dinner while enjoying the views. Prices start at €120 per night and minimum stay is seven nights.
Location: Bouville, Île-de-France
Now for a true showstopper. The Château de Farcehville is about an hour from Paris and one of the best examples of a French castle Airbnb there is. Set among beautiful grounds, gardens and lakes, you’ll have to cross a moat to access the medieval prison cells, chapel and underground wine cellar. How cool is that?
The enormous castle boasts 22 bedrooms, 12 of which are ensuite, while for entertainment there is a swimming pool, spa and a rooftop where you can take in the views. Minimum stay is five nights.
Location: Lot, Occitanie
Each summer, this castle is rented out to guests with exclusive use of the pool and grounds. There’s room for up to six guests, so it’s perfect for a family or group of friends looking to add a bit of x-factor to their trip.
It’s located in Lot, around two hours north of Toulouse, and just a stone’s throw from the clifftop village of Rocamadour. The minimum stay is seven nights and the rate is €115 per night.
Location: Laussou, Agitaine
This Agitaine castle sleeps up to 14 guests and would be an ideal location for a family gathering or group celebration. It has some serious history – since Barayre Castle was built in the 12th century, it has hosted important people, including popes!
Nowadays, you can wander through its grounds which include a courtyard and herb harden as well as forests and meadows. Luxuries such as a fully-equipped kitchen and swimming pool have been added in more recent years. It’s €154 per night and there’s a minimum stay of four nights.
Location: Trébeurden, Bretagne
This castle in Trebeurden was built in the 19th century, making it one of the most recent castles on this list. A complete renovation in 2009 at the cost of €1m makes it one of the most comfortable and modern castles there is!
It is right in the centre of Trebeurden with easy access to the “Côte de Granit Rose” – that’s the Pink Granite Coast! There’s space for up to 21 guests, so it could easily host a large gathering. This castle costs €1,100 a night and the minimum stay is two nights.
Location: Le Temple-sur-Lot, Aquitaine
Close to the banks of the River Lot, this château has space for up to 12 people. It’s ideal for families, as there is a large and comfortable family room, games room, summer kitchen and heated pool.
For exploring the local area, you can also take bikes out of the bike store and cycle along the banks of the river. Château Bouffereille has a seven-night minimum stay and each night costs €850.
Location: Donges, Pays de la Loire
This Breton castle lies between Nantes and the sea on the banks of the River Loire. Built between the 15th and 17th centuries, there is space for up to 16 guests in a manor house which surrounds an inner courtyard.
One of the most enticing features in this manor is the wooden period staircase which leads up the tower boasting incredible views across the surrounding meadows. Staying here begins at €540 per night, and there’s a three-night minimum stay.
Location: Saint-Sylvestre-sur-Lot, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Aquitaine
Another castle on the banks of the Lot River, this one is surrounded by a 10-hectare park where you can go for walks. The hilltop Château de Cadrès has superb views which you can enjoy from its terrace.
There are plenty of creature comforts here including table tennis, football and a portico with a swing. There are also wonderful tapestries adorning the walls. Prices start at €500 per night and the minimum stay is three nights.
Looking out over the Vallée de la Calonne, this castle has been added to over the centuries to become the spectacular site that it is today. You’re assured of privacy as the nearest shops and restaurants are six-kilometres away, so it makes sense to have your own transport if you’re staying here.
With room for 19 people, it can be great for a family gathering, and you can take advantage of tennis courts, a furnished garden and a recreation room if the weather’s bad. Minimum stay is seven nights and the castle costs €238 per night.
Location: Rions, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
On the banks of the River Garonne, La Bastane is the perfect castle Airbnb for visiting Bordeaux. You can stay in the castle’s east wing and look out at the surrounding vineyards which are still active and produce organic wines today!
You have your own kitchen, living room and private terrace. Fancy trying the estate’s wines? You’ll be pleased to know they’re on sale in the neighbouring kitchen. Staying here costs €370 per night.
Location: Lantenne-Vertière, Franche-Comté
This 16th century castle is in the northeast of France, near the town of Besançon and close to the border with Switzerland. It has two turrets and can sleep up to ten guests. You’ll find a fully-equipped kitchen and living room with a pool table, while there are a further four bedrooms on the second floor.
Feel free to explore the surrounding 60 hectares of land which boasts a flowered park and pond. Stays start at €160 per night.
Location: Tocqueville, Basse-Normandie
Built during the 16th, 18th and 19th centuries, Tocqueville Castle is surrounded by an English-style park. Just look at the views of the castle from the other side of the lake!
The house is calm and tranquil, and it is thought to have inspired many of Alexis de Tocqueville’s writing works. You can stay in the tower which has space for up to 10 guests, starting at €618 per night.
Location: Bon-Encontre, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Located pretty much half-way between Bordeaux and Toulouse, this castle Airbnb in Bon-Encontre sleeps up to nine guests. While the castle is no doubt impressive, it’s set up for summer holidays.
The garden boasts a swimming pool and a terrace, while you can also find shady spots in which to relax. Stays start at €255 per night and it’s a seven-night minimum stay.