Budget chateaus in France

Hôtel Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, photo by Coyau

Renting a small vacation house when you’re visiting France, or even better, staying in a charming bed and breakfast, is the best kind of accommodation you can find in the country. And while enjoying the bourgeois chic of regular hotels is definitely one experience you shouldn’t miss, advancing to the next level of luxury is not a bad idea either. Even more so if you stay at a genuine French chateau! If you’re on a budget, don’t worry, staying at a chateau is more affordable than you might think. Here are some budget chateaus in France where you can stay without breaking the bank.

Les Fontaines d’Escot, Pau, Aquitaine

Les Fontaines d’Escot used to be a monastery in the past, and travelers have stopped on their way here for the past 600 years. Today, it is a chateau with a historic feel that blends several different architectural styles. One of the main attractions of the place are the thermal baths, first discovered by the Romans. There are plenty of scenic walks around the chateau, and those who want a longer trip can go along the Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage route for a while. You can sleep in a double room for around 30 euro per night.

Le Château Fort, Sedan, Champagne-Ardenne

The ancient town of Sedan lies in the shadow of the majestic Château Fort, one of the largest fortified castles in Europe. The 30 meter high ramparts offer an unforgettable view of the town and the surrounding area. While the rooms are decorated in a modern fashion, the historic flavor of the chateau is not lost, and at night you can take a torchlit tour of the ancient halls (and finish with a medieval banquet). Double rooms start at 60 euro per night.

Château de Cherveux, Cherveux, Poitou-Charentes

The village of Cherveux is s truly historic place, inhabited since ancient times, and the palace, while not quite as old as the rest of the settlement, has quite a long (and satisfyingly colorful) history as well. The present castle was built by a Scotsman in the 15th century, and even today it looks pretty much like it did 600 years ago. One of the chateau’s specialties are medieval meal made according to authentic medieval recipes. Rooms start at 77 euro per night.

Hôtel Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, near Chinon, Loire

Hôtel Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud is not so much a castle, as an entire medieval estate that used to comprise two monasteries, one for nuns and one for monks. There’s a beautiful medieval church on the premises, mysterious cloisters, and even the tomb of Richard I of England himself. Rooms start at 52 for a two night stay.

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