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Chateaux descriptions vary considerably as does the spelling in search requests:Chateaux in France, French Chateaux Chateaux [plural], Chateaux France Hotel, Chateaux [the plural form] and Chateau [singular form], this Châteaux [with circonflexe - the accent mark over the â] French castles, France Castles, Châteaux de la Loire, Loire Valley Chateaux, and French Medieval Castles, medieval chateaux France, Luxury chateaux to rent in France, Charming chateaux to rent France, Castles of France, France golf chateaux, prestigious castle rentals France, the list goes on and on.  Now you can . . . . .

                              DISCOVER THE ROYAL & OTHER NOTED CHATEAUX AROUND FRANCE.

The Châteaux in France are magnificent and architecturally gratifying. The best source for information on France's historical castles and museums, monuments and landmarks can be found here. There are several thousand chateaux of historical and architectural significance throughout France.  Discover what Chateau means!

On this page you'll find les Chateaux de la Loire as well as some of the more noted national [Royal] and privately owned historical and medieval French châteaux. There are the magnificent and historical walled cities, abbeys, cathedrals, châteaux housed B&Bs, and of course tours to visit these spectacular monuments.  Some châteaux included in the Chateaux Pass [viewed here], the Royal Chateau de Chambord, and Chateau d'Angers that dates back to the first century, truly a medieval castle.

And please visit our information on
Le Notre the famous landscape designer for these magnificent chateaux and their gardens.  The term landscape architect hadn't been created yet, he was advanced way beyond his time, for the illusions and plans devised in his time. 
 
 

Le Château de Chambord

The Chateau of Chambord shown at left is the largest of the Royal Chateaux in the Loire Valley.  The tours that are offered include some of the most magnificent of the castles in the Loire. View all the top Loire Valley Tours & Packages for the Loire Valley, that encompass the two regions of Centre [Central Loire Valley] and Pays-de-la-Loire [Western Loire Valley]. Relive history; visit these awesome castles from the 12th - 18th centuries.

Find additional castle information, find what the parts of a castle are called, as well as pictures of castles from various
castle websites and castles from the middle ages.  Enjoy our 'Chateaux' pages, these truly beautiful and wonderful 
Castles of France! If you would like to have our Article on Chateaux, you may order your free copy, click here.

     
Chateaux of France and Loire Valley Chateaux ~ Chateaux-de-la-Loire
         Amboise   Angers   Azay-le-Rideau Blois
         Chambord   Chantilly   Chenonceau Cheverny
         Fontainebleau   Mt. St. Michel   Usse Vaux-le-Vicomte
         Versailles   Villandry   Walled Cities Architect Le Notre

A Place and Time of Kings and Royalty Retreats

Amboise

Angers

Azay-le-Rideau

Blois

Chambord

Chantilly [Institute de France] and Museum

Chaumont [also known as Chaumont-Amboise]

Chenonceau, le Chateau des Dames

Cheverny

Fontainebleau

Mont St. Michel

Usse

Vaux-le-Vicomte

Versailles Palace

Villandry

Chateaux for Rent or Sale is directed towards Château owners in the French speaking countries of Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Do you have a château that you would like to rent, lease or sell?  Or, perhaps you have a business housed in a château [such as a B&B, an art school, cooking school, language school, etc.] you would like to advertise.  If so, we have the perfect way for you to advertise, with several great programs!  Sign up your chateau now.  

                    Featured Castles with rooms for rent, or rent the castle itself!
For a truly remarkable holiday, where you'll feel like queen and king when you stay in one of these fantastic properties.  Visit these spectacular castles and unique property listings in France, and you can book them directly with the owner/managers.


Chateaux Links to Visit include Medieval and Architectural Information

Chateaux Architectural and Parts Lexique and Coats of Arms
La Passion des Chateaux is dedicated to historical chateaux around France, but primarily focuses on the Puy-de-Dome area of Auvergne.  From the evolution of the chateau, architectural terms for the different parts of a chateau, as well as the Coat of Arms explanations and much more. You can view the chateaux here.

Châteaux Foundations [Fondation du Patrimoine] [for the Protection of Historic Monuments]
For Fondation information, click on this page, et La Protection des Monuments Historiques links click here.  For information regarding Restoration, you find the information here.
La Demeure Historique [DH] Association for Owners of Private Historic Monuments
UEHHA  the Union of European Historic Houses Association in France
VMF Les Vielles Maisons Française

Châteaux Information Sites
An individuals website on castles. These châteaux are not as well known to visitors, and the site is not exclusive to French chateaux, you'll get to view the other countries castles if you like. However, the photos and information is great!
Castleland Regional Map of Medieval Châteaux  and Directory by Department, this is a great site with all the contact information as well as links to many of the châteaux associations.
Castles France Châteaux de la Loire
Castles of the world - [huge portail] contains a large collection of castle related information for France and around the world.
Chateau and gardens, drive through wildlife park, in Thoiry-en-Yveline
Châteaux Celtes et Chimères portail with A to T information on medieval times, history, tales myths, legends significant dates and events
Loire Valley Tours website, the virtual visit. Start at Amboise and click on next monument below each château, it will take you alphabetically through all the major châteaux of the Loire Valley. We've already put some of the chateaux on this page, but take a trip to see the rest.  Really nice!.
Pandora Enchanting Castles [Belgium Chateaux Information]  with information by Province

Medieval Châteaux Pictures

Medieval Castles Pictures

The Great Walled Cities [Fortresses] of France

Avignon Avignon France and the Palais de Papes
The official history information for Avignon
Tourism office of Avignon
Information for Avignon

Carcassonne
The grandest walled city of them all is Carcassonne [ancient medieval city].  A Unesco World Heritage site.
Official Tourisme Office in Carcassonne with happenings & events in the medieval city        http://whc.unesco.org/sites/345.htm
A nice information site on Carcassonne, and very impressive night photo of it.
The Cathars from this time period and some information from a visiting writer
Tourism office of Carcassonne

Chinon
Offiical Tourism site for Chinon - Chinon was included in the French royal estates in 1205, this is a very nice site! Be sure and go through the links.
Château de Chinon, the Medieval Fortress in the Loire Valley, and where Charles VII first met Joan of Arc. With photos and a lot of historical information.

Swiss Chateaux
Chateaux listings in Switzerland link.
 

 
 
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