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Travel Home > Directory > Destinations > Europe > France > French Chateaux


The traditional definition of a chateau is a country house belonging to nobility or landed gentry from mainly a French speaking region. The chateau is also often part of a rural estate containing productive agricultural land. Many of the famous The French chateaux are located in the Loire Valley, and in the Bordeaux area which are also rich agricultural and wine growing regions. The Loire Valley area in France is home to over 300 chateaux, many of which are close to the historic towns of Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours. Famous Loire chateaux include: Chateaux d'Amboise, Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Villandry and Chenonceau. Although originally constructed for royalty and nobility today sees a mixed ownership including: original families; hoteliers; private owners; and national government tourism organisations.


Chateau De Pray - Route De Charge Amboise France

Housed in a historical chateau near the city of Amboise in the Loire river valley region of France, this hotel with an excellent restaurant and a beautiful garden offers charming rooms with 4-poster beds and authentic decor. The location is ideal for self drive tours of the Loire Valley where there are over 300 French chateaux.

Chateau De Pray - Route De Charge Amboise France

Chateau holidays in France

Holiday rental chateaux in France with private pools.

Loire Valley Chateaux - wikipedia

Loire Valley is known as the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language. It is also noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage, in its historic towns such as Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours, but in particular for its world-famous castles, such as the Châteaux d'Amboise, Château de Chambord, Château de Villandry and Chenonceau.


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