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Fairytale Chateaux
There are many beautiful country house chateaux but the castles from the middle ages with their fortified turrets and towers are building from a fairytale fantasy. The grey-slate spires that stretch skywards like the lances of knights conjure up a dream-world that somehow has little to do with war and everything to do with romance.

Prue Rushton and Hilary Doling, 26/3/10

Chateau de Castel-Novel, Varetz, France
Chateau de Castel-Novel, Varetz, France

The bucolic, medieval charm of the Chateau de Castel-Novel, set between Correze and the Dordogne, wooed the writer Collette who wrote: "everything is too beautiful, I am quite drunk".

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Chateau de Chevres, D'Or, Cote D'Azur, France
Chateau de Chevres, D'Or, Cote D'Azur, France

This chateau it has to be said is more of a medieval village than a castle with rooms and suites scattered around the ancient courtyards.

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Chateau de Codignat, Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France
Chateau de Codignat, Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France

Now owned by the Baglioni Hotels Group, with a one Michelin star restaurant, this castle has been the scene of much intrigue.

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Chateau de Fere, Champagne, France,
Chateau de Fere, Champagne, France,

Overlooking the fairytale ruins of an earlier 12th -13th century castle.

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Chateau de la Treyne, Quercy Perigord, France.
Chateau de la Treyne, Quercy Perigord, France.
Chateau de la Treyne continues the chateaux fantasy with its pale towers perched high above a river overlooking the Dordogne.
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Chateau de Marcay, Chinon, Loirevalley, France
Chateau de Marcay, Chinon, Loirevalley, France
This chateau lies surrounded by in gracious park lands near the historic mediaeval town of Chinon, where Joan of Arc met Charles VII.
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Chateau de Mercues, Cahors, France
Chateau de Mercues, Cahors, France

.The countryside features heavily in chateaux-life, and Chateau de Mercues is no exception.

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Chateau de Mirambeau, Mirambeau, France.
Chateau de Mirambeau, Mirambeau, France.
Chateau de Mirambeau is a subtle mix of old and new.
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Chateau d'Esclimont, St Symphorien Le Chateau, France
Chateau d'Esclimont, St Symphorien Le Chateau, France

Ok, this chateau was actually built in the magnificent Renaissance period but, surrounded by a moat it has enough towers and turrets, to qualify as a pretty romantic destination.

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Château d'Island Vézelay, Avallon, Bourgogne, France
Château d'Island Vézelay, Avallon, Bourgogne, France
This imposing 15th Century castle dominates the hills of Vézélay.
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