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Choose from more than 80  member properties across France!


Château de Courtomer in Normandy is available in August for your group gathering
and a generous discount on their weekly rate may be offered if you book soon!

Château de la Barre offers luxury accommodations and a package tour
including Normandy battlefields & D-Day beaches with a Brigadier General, Chartres cathedral,
 the historic Loire Valley, Monet's gardens at Giverny and much more! 
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and . . .see our Château of the Month below!

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au Château is proud to present very special private châteaus in France where you can be an honored guest for one or more nights.  Share in the charm and ambiance of stately manor houses, medieval castles, Renaissance châteaus and aristocratic family homes while you vacation in this rich and beautiful country. We offer a wide selection of properties throughout France, from unique small castles and country manors offering understated elegance to opulent and stylishly-decorated luxury châteaus.  A dream weekend getaway or short break to enjoy swimming, golf or tennis becomes a reality when you stay at a French château in the countryside.  Weekly rentals of an entire château are ideal for a family holiday or to spend with friends to celebrate a special occasion, enjoy a unique vacation or as the location for a destination wedding!

 au Château  gives every inquiry personal, prompt attention ~ and we are here
 to answer all your questions, unlike the automated online booking services.

Please visit our Château of the Month

Chateau de la Foltiere Be amazed by the 24 incredible botanical gardens at Château de la Foltière in beautiful Brittany.  Monsieur JOUNO, the enthusiastic and proud owner of Le Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne sharing the estate with the château, will welcome you warmly to his bed and breakfast.  Others have to pay to visit the gardens, but guests of the château can wander freely from garden to garden, each more spectacular than the last, throughout their stay.  The en suite château guest rooms are lovely and spacious, and breakfast each morning is offered with views out toward the gardens.  Don't miss the chance to enjoy this fine B&B and experience some of France's finest privately-owned gardens. Contact us by email for availability and more information or to book your room!

Although each property on this site is different from the others, the similarities include a warm welcome and comfortable lodging for guests, interesting architecture (view the châteaus on our Château Photos page), the owners' eagerness to share their homes' history through tours and fascinating stories, and a standard of excellence required of successful bed and breakfast lodging in France. 

Romantic guest rooms await you on beautiful estates, many with swimming pools and tennis courts.  Château guest rooms are spacious and luxurious with en suite modern bathrooms and views over the countryside.  Many châteaus provide romantic candlelight dinners just for their guests, giving one an opportunity for immersion in French culture.  The personal attention offered at châteaus and country manors will make your holiday in France just perfect.

Perhaps your interests lie in cooking, painting or French language classes while a guest at a bed and breakfast.  Visit our Château List page to find a château offering that special activity you are seeking.  And, if you want to vacation in a particular area of France, a click on our Maps page will help you pinpoint the perfect château. Our Links page will take you to some web sites that will be helpful when planning your trip to France.  Looking for a special discount or a unique travel package?  Don't miss our Special Offers page that provides the most recent château packages, guest reviews, and access to all of our past newsletters!

You can book directly with many of the owners ~ please read how easy it is on our Booking page ~ or complete our convenient Booking Form, and we'll help you make your reservations. Many of our members offer wine tours and tastings, some have their own vineyards producing wine or Champagne, and others have olive groves and produce their own pure olive oils.  To learn more about these properties, please visit our Wine Estates page. 

Rent a château or self-catering gîte for a week or an apartment in a château for a few days. Whatever you choose, your experiences will create memories to last a lifetime.  And, if you are looking for that perfect venue or elegant location for a special family celebration, anniversary, birthday or wedding  ~ a château is the perfect place for a memorable marriage ceremony  ~ au Château offers you many from which to choose. Catering can be arranged in addition to such entertainment as live music and hot air balloon rides.

Occasionally, a château is for sale, and our web site provides information on some of the best. Perhaps you are seeking a charming country manor house or an historic and elegant castle ~ look at our Châteaux for Sale page first to see what we can offer. 

Trip Cancellation insurance is a very important part of travel planning.  Most carriers
assume no financial responsibility to travelers for cancellations due to events beyond their control.

Look for these icons on member pages for courses, programs or special features of the property:

Armagnac/Cognac      Art Classes      Champagne       Cooking Classes
Dance Lessons  Featured Gardens     French Immersion  Featured Gardens Music Programs     Organic
Hot Air Balloon Rides    Gîtes/Self-Catering     Riding    Spa on Site     Swimming Pool
Tennis Court  Weddings Wine Appreciation     Vineyards/Wine Country   Writers' Workshops

Questions?  Click on Contact Us to send us an email.  Perhaps we can help you find just the right member property! 

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