Château Eza

When it comes to finding a place to stay, France is a visitor’s paradise. Keen to sleep in a château? Here are some eclectic accommodations picks…


Hidden away on the gleaming Riviera, 1,400 feet above sea level, Château Eza has played host to a gaggle of A-listers – past check-ins include Stevie Wonder, Claudia Schiffer and a couple of James Bonds (Sean Connery and Roger Moore) to name but a few. So what possessed the limo set to ditch their driver and footslog it up Èze’s lattice of tapering alleyways to this precipitous haven? The far-reaching ocean views for a start. The irresistible, no-holds-barred luxury. Not to mention the world-class, gourmet fare – enough to put a spring in the most hill- averse celeb’s step. We can’t think of a more glamorous retreat.

Château de Sacy


All fretted eaves and red-brick trim, Château de Sacy is sure to make you weak at the knees. If this weren’t reason enough to hotfoot it to Reims stat, it boasts the best-stocked cellar around.

Château de Courtomer


A period confection with all the lordly trimmings (and then some) Normandy’s Château de Courtomer could be yours – and 14 of your nearest and dearest’s – for less than €4,000. Better start saving.

Château de Fougeret


Hailed as France’s most haunted pile, Château de Fougeret has rattled even the pluckiest ghost-hunters. Brace yourself for eerie pitter-patter, door-scratching and (if you haven’t run for the hills by then) spine-tingling wails!

Château de Tourreau


Hemmed in by formal gardens with streams (plural!), Château de Tourreau is fit for (Hollywood) royalty. Case in point: Games of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner wed her beau at the Provençal estate last summer.

From France Today magazine


  1. None of these are castles! You really should take care with the translation of “chateau” into English. There are several alternatives: castle, chateau, palace, mansion and manor house being the most obvious. The English loan word “chateau” best fits all of these places.