Staying in a castle may be on your bucket list of things to do, and if you want to pursue your dream fairytale then why not look at the magnificent castles in Provence. Many of the fine historic buildings have now opened their doors to weekend travelers, or even those who wish to live the life of a nobleman for a bit longer. It is an opportunity to go back in time, and revel in the medieval architecture, antique furniture, and colossal stone stairways that typify grand and opulent old buildings such as these. Provence has its fair share of chateaus or castles that will make your stay in this beautiful part of France even more memorable.
Chateau des Alpilles
Chateau des Alpilles is actually a five-star hotel situated in Saint-Remy. Located in the heart of a spectacular park, this 19th Century establishment has been welcoming prestigious guests for centuries, including the likes of Lamartine and Chateaubriand. It boasts a swimming pool together with sauna, two tennis courts, a fitness room and a highly respected restaurant for which the diners come from far and wide.
Chateau de Mazan
The location of this four-star hotel could not be more inviting, as it is situated at the foot of the grand Mont Ventoux. Mazan is a charming small village and only a brief walk away through the elegant gardens of the chateau. Perhaps the former owner of Chateau de Mazan may strike you with a little fear, as it was none other than the Marquis de Sade. But thankfully none of his legacy has survived, and this thirty-room luxury castle is a great place for a celebratory weekend of pampering and gourmet food.
Chateau de la Barben
From the outside this chateau is certainly impressive with its towers and ramparts glistening in the sun. This chateau was built in the 11th Century as a medieval fortress and is one of the oldest chateaus in the Provence region. The architectural features are simply stunning with the battlements domineering the structure, there are also watchtowers and evidence of the old drawbridge still remaining. Chateau de la Barben even has its own chapel, and a stairway to grace any Hollywood period film. You cannot get any more authentic than this exquisite castle should you want to impress somebody rather special.
Chateau des Barrenques
As they say from the sublime to the ridiculous, and Chateau des Barrenques could not be any different from Chateau de la Barben if you purposely went out to try and find an opposite. This 15th Century chateau oozes charm and renaissance quality. The chateau stands in its own six hectares of manicured lawns and gardens and you can imagine the gentile guests of yesteryear taking a promenade around the grounds, enjoying walking along the small river and viewing the old mill before afternoon tea. These great buildings offer so much more to the traveler than just another big city hotel, they offer architecture to drool over, and service that is simply unsurpassed.