Sometimes all you need in life is to stay in a crumbling French château with all of your loved ones. For those instances, we present you with these properties that are available to rent right now on Airbnb.
Not all of the decorating choices make a ton of sense (parchment on the wallpaper? OK then), but you don’t stay in a French castle to be tasteful: you do it to have an unforgettable experience. And the best part? They are all surprisingly affordable.
Château De La Croix
Where Grassac, Poitou-Charentes, France
Price $1,919 per night
This castle is actually not so expensive, considering it can accommodate 26 people. It offers pretty much every amenity you could ever want, including a heated 14.5 meter swimming pool.
13th & 16th Castle in Aveyron
Where Villecomtal, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Price $773 per night
We assume that by “13th & 16th” the ad means century, because this castle looks ollld. Apparently, part of it was rebuilt in 2009, so hopefully it’s not freezing.
Magnifique château avec piscine
Where Saint-Germain-d’Arcé, Pays de la Loire, France
Price $504 per night
Only two hours away from Paris, this home can receive about 70 people so is perfect for a wedding venue.
Where Montpinchon, Lower Normandy, France
We love how odd everything about this listing is — from the llamas in the picture, to the fact that it brings up the château’s proximity to “deserted beaches” as a positive thing. If you’re looking for a romantic, slightly-off château, this one is for you.
18th-century Château in Normandy
Where Courtomer, Basse-Normandie, France
Price $840 per night
Worried about combining Catholics and Protestants in the same house for the week? This château has you covered; it has both a Catholic and a Protestant church. There’s also an Orangerie, a glacière (ice house) and an active farm. What else could you ever want?
Beautiful Castle in South Touraine
Where Châtellerault, Poitou-Charentes, France
The bold decor in this château is certainly not for everyone, but if it stresses you out too much, the house is only 15 minutes from the famous La Roche Posay spa.
Château Les Dryades
Where Pouligny-Notre-Dame, Centre, France
Price $672 per night
The castle was built in the Middle Ages, but has been restored since then. Staying in the hotel will give you preferential rates at the nearby spas and 18-hole golf course.
Bordeaux Châteaux & Vineyard
Where Saint-Sulpice-et-Cameyrac, Aquitaine
Price $882 per night
We aren’t sure about the story the parchment painted on the walls is telling, but we’re kind of intrigued. This château is situated on a vineyard, so you can do tastings while you lounge on the hammock in the garden outside.
Château des Girards
Where Lans-en-Vercors, Rhône-Alpes
We aren’t sure what’s going on with that pool, but it looks like the perfect après ski activity in this home that is only “two steps” from the slopes.
Château des Baumelles
Where Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Price $840 per night
There’s nothing like sunning yourself in the French Mediterranean sun by the pool, and then retreating into a world of moldings and chandeliers. Which is exactly what this château offers #dreams.
Elegant “château” near Cannes & sea
Where Vallauris, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Price $896 per night
Not only is the home beautiful, but it’s close to everything you could possibly want to do in the Riviera (including the beaches).