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After something a bit different for your next rural retreat?Take a break from the norm with our range of quirky holiday accommodation. We’ve got the lot: rustic shepherd huts, cute caravans, glorious converted chapels, unique cottages and more.



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(9) Excellent 

28

Holiday chateau rental

Haute-Garonne / Aurignac

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Ask about pets
12th century chateau, nr Aurignac, sleeps 12, 6 bedrooms (4 doubles, 2 twin) 4 bathrooms (2 ensuite). WiFi in all rooms. 20 acres of grounds that include mature trees, many species of birds, peaceful, tranquil, swimming pool, summer kitchen.  …see more

from £208 / night

£1450 - £1850 / week

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from £208 / night

(9) Excellent 

18

Chateau letting in Journet with golf nearby, tennis court

Haute-Vienne / Journet

10 16 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Chateau Jautrudon has all that is needed for a relaxing family holiday in the rural Limousin region of France. Set in a 40 hectare estate, the chateau offers a peaceful and secluded vacation with several kilometers of walkways through our forest, private fenced pool, te  …see more

from £509 / night

£1957 - £3914 / week

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from £509 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau in Pouligny-Notre-Dame

Indre / Pouligny-Notre-Dame

7 14 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
Chateau Les Dryades is situated in the beautiful French countryside and is surrounded by 180 acres of land. It is at the heart of Les Dryades Golf & Spa resort. It is a perfect setting for a relaxing rural retreat. Sleeps 14 in the chateau.<br />You will have  …see more

from £522 / night

£2861 - £3592 / week

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from £522 / night

18

Holiday chateau in Argentat

Correze / Argentat

8 23 2 nights min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 23
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Swimming pool
Ideal for Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Mountain Biking, Tennis, Motorcycle Touring, Swimming, Water Sports, Families and Sightseeing.  …see more

from £500 / night

£3696 - £6070 / week

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from £500 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau in Grandcourt

Seine-Maritime / Grandcourt

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fabulous Chateau in an idyllic setting” We spent a wonderful relaxing weekend in this fabulous chateau which is just as splendid as it looks in the photos. The tranquil village setting provides a lovely backdrop for this magnificent country house.  …see more

from £152 / night

£760 - £1495 / week

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from £152 / night

(5) Excellent 

22

Holiday chateau rental

Ille-et-Vilaine / Sixt-Sur-Aff

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 63 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
The Rez de Jardin, chateau de Bézyl, is situated in the mids of a 96 ha of countryside, its fields, heaths and woodlands are managed as a nature reserve, its native flora and fauna can be enjoyed by walking its many paths and tracks. There is a small lake. We ha  …see more

from £248 / night

£1735 - £2131 / week

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from £248 / night

(3) Very Good 

26

Holiday chateau in Biron

Biron / La Capelle Biron

7 18 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning
“How a holidays is ment to be.” If you are looking for an atmospheric house with character and the possibility to play golf, swim or to make long walks on the property, we would strongly recommend a stay at Manoir de Montauriol. We enjoyed the estate,  …see more

from £1957 / night

£2827 - £4653 / week

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from £1957 / night

(1) Excellent 

21

Holiday chateau in Sauveterre-de-Bearn

Bearn / Sauveterre-de-Bearn

8 15 3 nights min

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
Chateau de Sillegue is a beautiful unique Chateau set in private secure parkland. Private heated pool with large brick built BBQ, terrace, shaded outdoor eating area, ping pong table and assortment of bikes and direct access to the famous fishing river, Gave du Saiso  …see more

from £500 / night

£3500 / week

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Holiday chateau in Fromental

Haute-Vienne / Fromental

7 24 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 24
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Chateau de Montare sits in 36 hectares of private grounds and is hidden away, surrounded by forests and country side. This family friendly environment is perfect for children!  …see more

from £1138 / night

£4550 - £4708 / week

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from £1138 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Holiday chateau with swimming pool in Nouzerolles

Gueret / Nouzerolles

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A wonderful place for a relaxing, family holiday” The chateau was perfect for the four of us, comfortable without feeling too show home and the August weather was great so we didn't stray far. The rural location is very peaceful but does mean that a c  …see more

from £85 / night

£595 - £995 / week

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from £85 / night

19

Holiday chateau rental

Vendee / Pouzauges

5 10 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
The historical Chateau de la Flacelliere is located in the Western Loire. Guest can stay in the stunning Keep building next to the main chateau. It is surrounded by extensive grounds of the estate house, a swimming pool and superb manicured gardens.  …see more

from £342 / night

£1422 - £1895 / week

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from £342 / night

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Holiday chateau in Fecamp.

Seine-Maritime / Fecamp.

9 18 2 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Private garden
Chateau Sommeil is a historic chateau situated in the Seine Maritime area of Normandy. It is a beautiful and historical part of France. The Chateau has been restored to a very high standard and is available for short stays, family holidays and special events.  …see more

from £790 / night

£3158 - £5158 / week

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from £790 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Faro District / Alte

5 11 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £82 / night

£568 - £1211 / week

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from £82 / night

(2) Excellent 

17

Bourg holiday chateau rental

Gironde / Bourg

1 5 4 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 5
  • 4 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Within Côtes de Bourg vineyard appellation this residence is central to the entire Bordeaux wine territory.  …see more

from £109 / night

£435 / week

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from £109 / night

30

Holiday chateau in Brouzet-les-Ales

Gard / Brouzet-les-Ales

9 22 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 22
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This 9 bedroom Chateau to rent in South of France is located on the edge of the beautiful Cevennes National Park, close to Ales. This is the perfect space to enjoy a relaxing holiday and make the most of the beautiful countryside. Surrounding the Chateau there is excell  …see more

from £684 / night

£4783 / week

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20

Chateau rental in Carlux

Dordogne / Carlux

14 28 2 nights min

  • 14 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 28
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Chateau des Granges is situated in 7 acres of stunning parkland. It is filled with an array of exotic trees and bird life, in the picturesque Town of Souillac, resting on the banks of the Dordogne River. This boutique style chateau offers a very high standard of accommo  …see more

from £1544 / night

£6174 - £8184 / week

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from £1544 / night

(3) Very Good 

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Chateau rental in Libourne

Gironde / Libourne

5 10 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Chateau Lague provides the perfect setting not only for winelovers, but for those who want to make the most of the beautiful countryside and famous towns and villages of the Bordeaux region. The property offers all mod cons whilst retaining the charm and elegance assoc  …see more

from £218 / night

£957 - £1218 / week

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from £218 / night

(10) Excellent 

23

Holiday chateau with tennis court in Malicorne-sur-Sarthe

Sarthe / Malicorne-sur-Sarthe

9 15 6 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 6 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Les Noes Blanches is a stunning white classic country chateau in the Loire Valley region of France. Only 20 minutes from the centre of le Mans, and under 5 hours from London by Eurostar, the house sleeps 14 people comfortably inside an estate of 450 acres of woodland.  …see more

from £345 / night

£2500 - £3895 / week

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from £345 / night

(3) Excellent 

18

Monthou-sur-Cher holiday chateau rental

Loire Valley / Monthou-sur-Cher

7 14 Min stay varies

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Large, charming little castle, full of character, for 14 people : the castle and the outbuilding : 7 rooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 sitting rooms, private swimming pool, tennis, lake. situation : At the heart of the prestigious Loire valley, on the border of the Sologne and th  …see more

from £377 / night

£627 - £2174 / week

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from £377 / night

(2) Excellent 

24

Holiday chateau rental

Allier / Arfeuilles

7 10 7 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 35 km
  • Swimming pool
The holiday home is surrounded by a park-like garden with a private swimming pool. Besides the pool are lovely terraces (with sun beds), and when the heat is too much, there is always the possibility of cooling off in the pool or the shade of large trees. In the walled  …see more

from £181 / night

£1261 - £1609 / week

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from £181 / night

(6) Very Good 

24

Chateau rental in Grandcourt

Seine-Maritime / Grandcourt

8 20 Min stay varies

  • 8 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
“Living like a lord.” The house and grounds are lovely and take two days just to explore. Add in the fact it has a lovely pool and is all fenced including the grounds so kids can have a little freedom to play. You may even find a den we built in the wo  …see more

from £304 / night

£1520 - £2995 / week

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from £304 / night

21

Chateau rental in Saumur

Maine et Loire / Saumur

7 14 2 nights min

  • 7 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 2 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Ideally situated for exploring the delights of the Loire valley. This fabulous holiday chateau is set in lush and extensive grounds. It can accommodate 14 guests and offers an impressive swimming pool, a secure walled garden and a large terrace ideal for entertaining.  …see more

from £954 / night

£2725 - £3145 / week

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from £954 / night

17

Epernay holiday chateau rental

Marne / Epernay

3 8 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
This charming house, a private part of the Chateau Beaucharm, is situated in a beautiful and peaceful rural setting. The surrounding area is characterized by rolling hills. The house comfortably sleeps up to 8 guests in 3 double beds and 2 singles.  …see more

from £214 / night

£848 - £1516 / week

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from £214 / night

(8) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau in Fontenay-le-Comte

Vendee / Fontenay-le-Comte

3 9 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
A Spacious gite situated in an annex of a 18th century chateau in a beautiful woodland surrounding ,perfect for a family holiday, long term stay ).Situated in the vendée,Close to the Puy du fou and the beautiful beaches of La faute , la Tranche sur mer or La R  …see more

from £195 / night

£1365 / week

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from £195 / night

(4) Excellent 

21

Holiday chateau in Iguerande

Saone-et-Loire / Iguerande

6 14 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“A Holiday not to be missed” It’s time to book the holiday again and feel it will be hard to equal last year’s holiday in the Chateau Orange de Bolbec On arrival the setting, the Chateau and grounds looked stunning and inside did not let us down, full  …see more

from £379 / night

£2650 / week

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from £379 / night

24

Holiday chateau rental

Dordogne / Lanouaille

13 29 2 nights min

  • 13 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 29
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
In the heart of Perigord Vert in the Dordogne, lies our magnificent 19th Century Chateau Isly. Built in 1840, it has recently been refurbished to the highest standard of luxury. Each room has been carefully decorated with traditional colours and wallpaper.  …see more

from £4550 / night

£11900 - £13900 / week

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from £4550 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau rental

Charente-Maritime / Saint-Jean-d'Angely

6 17 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 17
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This fabulous Maison de Maitre (Master's House) dates back to 1825. The house has over 600 square metres of living space with high ceilings, shutters and all that you would expect from a property of the calibre but with mod cons such as internet, SONOS sound sy  …see more

from £272 / night

£1900 - £3900 / week

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from £272 / night

(14) Excellent 

23

Ski chateau to rent in Plaigne

Aude / Plaigne

10 20 Min stay varies

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 20
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
“I love this place” We spend a whole week in the Chateau de la Commanderie for a seminar. Rebecca (the owner) made our stay very pleasant by taking care of us. The Castel is very nice, clean and we really enjoyed it (as well as the swimming pool).  …see more

from £1392 / night

£4870 - £5740 / week

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from £1392 / night

(5) Excellent 

23

Holiday chateau in Duras

Lot-et-Garonne / Duras

5 11 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
“Fantastic and Wonderous” We were told about Chateau des Egrons by friends from Australia who raved about their stay a couple of years ago. We booked in September and arrived in force; 3 generations of us! The place surpassed all our expectations and  …see more

from £400 / night

£2800 - £3900 / week

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from £400 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau with swimming pool, tennis court in Cherval

Verteillac / Cherval

6 12 1 night min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 32 km
  • Swimming pool
The Château du Bourbet is steeped in history, dating back to the 15th Century and beyond, from its origins as a Templar fortress to its forced occupation by the German Army and partial demolition at the end of the Second World War. Now lovingly renovated, the Ch&a  …see more

from £500 / night

£3500 / week

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from £500 / night

(1) Excellent 

16

Richelieu holiday chateau rental

Richelieu / Faye la Vineuse

3 6 2 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Loire ValleyOld manor from the XIV century<br />I can advice you for restaurants , wine makers , castles ,"brocante " .  …see more

from £131 / night

£479 / week

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from £131 / night

18

Brousse holiday chateau rental

Creuse / Brousse

5 13 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 13
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Chateau de Mouney dates back to the C17/18th, and is nestled on the edge of the Foret de Drouille. Isolated and calm, the chateau offers 50km uninterrupted views to the volcanic range of the Puy de Dome, surrounding lakes, forests and country lanes.  …see more

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Holiday chateau in Richelieu

Indre-et-Loire / Richelieu

5 11 2 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 2 nights min
  • Private garden
Chateau Artigny is a beautiful, fully restored XVI/XIX century chateau, referred to as 'the sleeping beauty castle'. It is situated near the historic towns of Chinon, Loudun and Richelieu, charmingly tucked away at the end of a 600 meter driveway in the countr  …see more

from £632 / night

£2527 / week

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from £632 / night

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Riberac holiday chateau rental

Dordogne / Riberac

11 28 2 nights min

  • 11 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 28
  • 2 nights min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Set in 130 acres of parkland and ancient woodland, bordered by the River Dronne, Chateau Marquise Beranger is a beautifully restored Renaissance-style château which offers elegant charm, supreme comfort and complete relaxation.  …see more

from £3222 / night

£9096 - £17244 / week

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from £3222 / night

(11) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau with swimming pool in Richelieu

Indre-et-Loire / Richelieu

10 12 7 nights min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Chateau de Milly is a fairytale castle in the Loire valley nestled in more than 30acres of private grounds and woodland walks. Luxurious accommodation for up to 12 guests.Huge Outdoor Pool area - 15mx5m heated pool  …see more

from £485 / night

£3392 - £5214 / week

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from £485 / night

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Holiday chateau in Sers

Charente / Sers

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
Charming historic chateau with large private heated pool, enclosed garden, stunning view at 1mn walk to the shop . Perfect for families with children..<br />The chateau's large estate is fully enclosed and accessed by large wooden gates.  …see more

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(8) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau rental

Lot / Frayssinet

12 24 Min stay varies

  • 12 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 24
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
“A perfect family get together” For an extended family get together we had a long list of requirements which were all provided by Chateau Lamostonie. Joanna couldn’t have been more patient and helpful during the booking process with all our requests fo  …see more

from £900 / night

£4500 - £11360 / week

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(3) Excellent 

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Holiday chateau in La Collarderie

Chinon / La Collarderie

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
Rental vacancy, Cottage to castle of La Vauguyon of the 12th century in the Loire Valley at Chinon France. Joan of Arc came to Chinon as Cardinal of Richelieu who was the prim-minister of the king Louis the XIII , came to Chinon as other people to taste Chinon wine.  …see more

from £112 / night

£783 / week

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from £112 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Tours holiday chateau rental

Loire Valley / Tours

9 18 7 nights min

  • 9 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 18
  • 7 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
A magnificent 19th century château situated in the heart of the beautiful Loire Valley.Just a short walk from the picturesque town of Langeais, between Tours and Angers, Chateaufort sits in an estate of 22 acres (9 hectares) of formal gardens, with vegetab  …see more

from £982 / night

£6870 - £8609 / week

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from £982 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Holiday chateau letting

Ardeche / Joyeuse

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
“A wonderful stay !” Gorgeous house, beautiful rooms. We loved the atmosphere of the house and the decoration was particularly fine. We strongly recommand the rooftop and its view ! Nous revenons !  …see more

from £95 / night

£661 - £1279 / week

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from £95 / night