Sleep like Royalty: The 10 Best Château Hotels in Provence
Sun-drenched and bright in its colours, Provence is one of the world’s most idyllic regions. It stretches from the lush green of the alps and Mont Ventoux, the Tour de France's 'le géant de Provence’, to the bright yellow of the sand and deep azure of the coastline of the Cote d'Azur. The Romans were the first to grow wine here, in amongst the bright purple of the lavender fields, and today the cuisine is just as much a draw as the vineyards. Use our guide to the best château hotels in Provence to plan your trip around the region's historic houses.
In this beautiful setting are the towns and villages, in terracotta, honey sandstone, and rife with historic treasures. And of course Provence’s châteaux. Some like medieval castles, some with graceful turrets, as if drawn by Walt Disney, but many of them extremely beautiful and romantic. And some of them open for guests. Staying in one of the best château hotels in Provence is a wonderful way to make your stay that much more special and magical.
It was a hard job, but our selfless Gurus have taken it upon themselves to try out all these spectacular properties, to admire the views, to enjoy the long lunches on sunny terraces and to sleep in rooms intended for royalty. And they can now bring your their recommendations for the best château hotels in Provence.
The 10 Best Château Hotels in Provence
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The Château de Varenne is just outside Avignon, yet is also in the heart of the countryside overlooking the Rhone Valley. This charming, 11 room hotel has pretty, comfortable decor, beautiful gardens and pool area and idyllic views.
It’s not called a château, but the Villa Baulieu is certainly everything a château should be. Once owned by Henry III, and then by the wealthiest Provençal families, this opulent property, complete with grand fountains and 220 hectares of estate, has 11 plush rooms and stunning views.
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The Château de Massillan is a beautifully renovated small château with turret bedrooms and elegant interiors. It's surrounded by parklands, a herb garden and lavender banks, and has a lovely lake, and an excellent restaurant serving regional cuisine.
Le Château des Demoiselles is surrounded by the impressive vineyards of a 300 hectare wine estate around 40kms from Cannes and St Tropez. There are just five rooms, finished in neutral tones, beautiful gardens and a lovely pool.
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The Château La Roque is a stunning château in the heart of the Rhone Valley wine region. The five rooms and suites offer views over vineyards and lavender fields, there’s a large pool and the table d’hote is impressive. As is the tasting menu.
If you want to eat well, but also learn something about what you're eating then Château de Berne is for you. Surrounded by 1,500 acres of private vineyards, they offer wine tastings and cookery classes.
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Le Château des Alpilles is a truly magnificent hotel surrounded by a magnolia-filed park. There are 21 rooms in three buildings, The Manor, the Chapel and the Cypress Farm, which has been renovated into an apartment and a loft for families. All beautifully decorated. Then there are a choice of pools, two gourmet restaurants and private terraces.
Château Talaud is a château turned B&B, which has five stylish rooms decorated with antiques, plus two apartments and a separate, self-catering cottage. This is a great spot for visiting both Orange and Avignon.
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The Château de Mazan was once home to the Marquis de Sade, but now it’s a peaceful, informal hotel just 30minutes from Avignon. There are 30 rooms of varying styles and sizes and some even have their own jacuzzis. There are room and apartment configurations to suit families.
The Château de Trigance is a 15th century castle style château, with panoramic views over the pretty village of Trigance and beyond. There are ten bedrooms, complete with four-poster beds and grand tapestries, plus a gastronomic menu in the atmospheric medieval restaurant. Rooms start from around £100 per night.
If you haven’t found your idea of the 10 best château hotel in Provence on our Guru’s list, you could:
- Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Provence,
- consider our Guru’s guide to the 20 Best Hotels in Provence for Foodies?
- or the Best Wine Hotels in Provence? or the 20 Best B&Bs in Provence?
- or the 20 Best Boutique Hotels in Provence
- or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
The 10 Best Château Hotels in Provence
Château de Varenne 11 rooms from £156Gard
In the heart of the provence countryside sits this charming hotel overlooking the Rhone Valley. Enjoy a stay in the lovely comfortable bedrooms, then fling open the pretty blue french shutters and revel in the view of the beautiful gardens and swimming pool. A picture perfect place in Provence.Sights nearby - A good base from which to visit Avignon, the Pont du Gard and Saint Rémy de ProvenceSpa - Massage and beauty therapist on requestCooking classes - Cooking classes at the ChateauSwimming Pool - Outdoor swimming pool
Villa Baulieu 11 rooms from £281Aix-en-Provence
Originally a property of Henry III in 1576, and the wealthiest Provencal families - now an opulent guesthouse. The rooms are plushly fitted out, without being excessive: traditional wallpapers and soft colours. 220 hectares of estate to explore, and its wine to sample - experience true Provence.Views - Outstanding views over the surrounding parklandSwimming Pool - SeasonalGreat walks - Good for walkers.Landmark - Comes with a reputation.
Château de Massillan 24 rooms from £154Avignon, Provence
Beautifully renovated chateau with turret bedrooms, parklands, and lake. Large swimming pool and elegant interiors perfectly marrying modern decor with a historical property. Herbed gardens and lavender banks fill the air with delicate aroma. Some of the regions finest cuisine. The ideal escape.Total relaxation - Unwind by the pool, surrounded with the aroma of lavender and the sound of cicadas- complete tranquilityFoodies - Spectacular modern french cuisine- the six course tasting menus and excellent wine never fail to wow.Cooking classes - Learn from the regions best chefs using produce from the chateau's own garden.Great walks - Walk right from the property through typical Provence countryside.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays
Le chateau des demoiselles 5 rooms from £123Provence
This chateau, accompanied by it's impressive vineyard encompasses the genuine beauty of Provence. Bedrooms are finished with neutral tones and lovely furnishings and the garden and swimming pool offer a lush idyll in which to unwind after a day of sight-seeing in the gorgeous surrounding areas.Wine tasting - Château des Demoiselles is a splendid 300-hectares wine estate in Provence with an on site tour and tastingGarden - There are over 200 hectares of woodland and 72 hectares of grapevinesSights nearby - Saint Tropez and Cannes are 40km awayGreat walks - There are 3 different walking trails around the property, 4km, 6km and 8km long.
Chateau La Roque 5 rooms from £158L'Isle sur La Sorgue
A stunning chateau in in the heart of the most famous Southern Rhône Valley vineyards. Panoramic views over valleys and lavender fields, luxurious creamy rooms and suites, large pools to swim in and a fabulous table d'hote to return to after a days wine tasting. Very romantic.Outstanding location - Set between the most famous vineyards of the Southern Rhône Valley (Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vaqueras, Ventoux, Luberon).Views - Stunning views over vineyards and laveder fields.Romantic Break - A stunning setting and a luxurious chateau.LuxuryRecommended by - Sawdays
Château de Berne 27 rooms from £237Lorgues, Provence
Luxurious five star manor farm-cum-chateau on 1,500-acre private estate of vineyards. Chic elegant rooms in gentle hues and flooded with light. Exceptional french cuisine and wine options many coming from the estate. Glorious spa and infinity pool. A truly indulgent french escape.Spa breaks - Situated overlooking the vines and olive groves and boasting jacuzzis, a sauna, steam room, sun lounge and relaxation space.Country Escape - A lovely chateau in the heart of the Vineyard Region, set in a 491 hectare forest with fragrant gardens and a swimming pool.Great walks - Six footpaths run through the estate farm lands, river banks, forest and vineyards.Cooking classes - Master French cuisine at the professional cookery school on site.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Le Chateau des Alpilles 21 rooms from £280Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Provence
A truly magnificent hotel set in parklands of magnolia trees. Three buildings, the Manor, the Cyrpress Farm, and the Chapel, to choose from. All immaculately decorated in muted tones with sophisticated furnishings and private terraces. Pools and two gourmet restaurants. Romantic, family friendly.Families - The Cyrpess farm has been renovated into an apartment and a loft, ideal for families, couples or groups of friends.Garden - Beautiful parklands covering four hectares to stroll through the Magnolia and Biloba trees.Honeymoons - The chapel has two rooms perfect for honeymooners.Foodies - Two gourmet restaurants.
Chateau Talaud 5 rooms from £211Loriol du Comtat, Provence
18th century Provencal chateau turned luxury B&B. Five stylish bedrooms with antiques throughout plus two apartments and a separate cottage for self catering. Table d'Hote dinners available during summer months accompanied by wines made on site.Swimming Pool - Two level bassin filled with spring water which dates back to 1772 and overlooks the vineyardsSights nearby - Easy access to both Avignon and OrangeGreat walks - Good for walkers.Local markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - Sawdays
Chateau de Mazan 30 rooms from £143Mazan, Provence
Once the home of the Marquis de Sade, this informal hotel will appeal to those who want scale and grandeur without stuffiness. Couples, families and history lovers can enjoy imagining all the characters who have passed through the walls of this imposing chateauWeddingsFamiliesSights nearby - Only 30 mins from Avignon and L'Isle sur la SorguePrivate Hot Tub - Some rooms and suites have jacuzzi bath tubsRecommended by - Sawdays
Chateau de Trigance 10 rooms from £103Provence
This 15th Century castle enjoys panoramic views over the pretty village of Trigance and surrounding countryside. The bedrooms perfectly compliment the historic chateau with four poster beds and wall tapestries. Enjoy a gastronomic meal in the atmospheric medieval restaurant. Stunning location.Sights nearby - The Verdon Caves are only a twenty minute drive away.Great walks - Great walks and a vist to the Verdon canyonViews - Panoramic views from the Chateau's terrace.Fishing - The Verdon River is perfect for fishing.