Is This The Best Châteaux in France?

From the Dordogne’s renaissance piles flanked by dusty olive groves and pretty hilltop villages to the turret-studded landscape of the Loire Valley, French châteaux are a brilliant display of the country’s rich architectural and cultural heritage, often with wonderful stories to tell. DOMAINE DES ETANGS The immaculate 11th-century castle is set in 2,000 acres of pastures in a little-visited corner of the Charente between Limoges and Angoulême. Behind the honey-hued stone walls of this turreted 11th-century château lies one of France’s loveliest and most lavish places to stay. Owner Garance Primat treats the space like a gallery for her own private art collection; works by Matisse and Picasso sit alongside Tintin prints, framed insects and midcentury-modern furniture. There are 29 …

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Select few vacation like a knight in this 11th-century French chateau

Domaine des Etangs Live like a marquis in this 11th century French chateau To say that the Domaine des Etangs is located in the middle of nowhere is a stretch – the 11th century French chateau is, in actuality, merely a few hours drive south of Paris – but stepping into its luscious grounds that span over 2,500 acres certainly gives one that feeling of wonder. Spread across a vast expanse of protected countryside that compromises of forests, grasslands and lakes, the Domaine des Etangs was converted from a private mansion into a hotel, allowing it to maintain a sense of warmth and personality that’s hardly found in other hotels around the world. The entrance to Domaine des Etangs Library …

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