With the latest Hollywood retelling of a Disney classic about to hit the big screen, we’re seeking out some spellbinding Beauty and the Beast castles that you can actually stay in. On Holiday Lettings, you’ll find all sorts of unusual places to stay, including these enchanting castles straight out of a story book.
So be our guest at one of these magical castles and get your very own fairy tale with a happy ending!
“Magical times in majestic settings. We recently stayed in the tower at the Château de Tocqueville to celebrate our mum’s 70th birthday and we were all blown away by the beauty of the chateau and the grounds.”
No Beauty and the Beast castle would be complete without Disney-esque turrets, and the Château de Tocqueville has plenty of them. The rental occupies the 19th-century part of the château, with a grand fireplace and a library every bit as spectacular as the one that captures Belle’s heart in the original Disney classic.
Welcome to Castle Clérac, a spectacular château in a sleepy village in Charente-Maritime, just 20 minutes from Bordeaux. It’s an ideal retreat for groups or families, with no shortage of facilities to keep everyone entertained, including tennis courts, swimming pool, tight rope and magnificent dining room. Not only that, the castle is set in an expansive 22 acres of private grounds and forest, giving it an even more magical feel.
Just 20 minutes from Paris, this glorious 17th-century château was designed by the same architect that built King Louis XIV’s famous palace at Versailles. You can see the similarities, with gilt panelling on the walls and enormous windows flooding the rooms with light. With seven bedrooms over four floors, up to 12 people can sleep in this truly magnificent building.
This place is so magical, and has such atmosphere, that even we might be tempted to imagine the furniture coming to life, just in like in the film… With 16 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, acres of beautiful private garden and exclusive use of the entire, historic building, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect (or unforgettable!) setting for a special family occasion.
“Wow! What a place this is, truly a fairytale château! Beautiful grounds, large bedrooms and en suites, fabulous lounge, dining room and music room.”
This castle, with its four turrets and pink-hued walls, is every inch the storybook château and simply radiates romance. Nestled in the heart of the Loire Valley, the picturesque surroundings include an arched stone bridge over the private lake, a Renaissance-inspired swimming pool in a walled rose garden, and 29 acres of parkland. And the inside is just as impressive, with stunning bedrooms and even a private cinema.
“Wonderful experience that created lasting memories for my family.”
Located in rural Normandy near the D-Day landing beaches, the Château de Sevigny is packed with history. The castle’s interior is elegantly furnished in the traditional French style, with a magnificent, sweeping wrought-iron staircase. You’ll even see the odd suit of armour dotted around, too, giving you even more of a fairytale feel.
Medieval splendour awaits you at the Château de la Touche, with its dramatic drawbridge, moat and battlements. The rental comprises just two bedrooms, but if you’re a couple or small group seeking that fairytale experience, then this is ideal. The park is a delight with a rose garden, exotic garden, Renaissance garden and Golden garden, all of which are yours to explore.
“A fairytale castle in a perfect setting!”
Back to the Loire we go for the final enchanting castle on our list. This family château, located in the quiet town of Flocellière, could be your personal estate for an unforgettable holiday. Whether you choose to rent just a room, an entire wing, or the whole castle, you’ll have access to the heated pool, tennis courts and other impressive facilities. And with a bakery, pharmacy, bank, post office and supermarket all just a few minutes’ walk away, the authentic French experience is at your fingertips.