• Travel: Chic ChÂteaux
    From Mick Jagger to Brad and Angelina, the style set consider a French château to be the most elegant escape. MARK C. O’FLAHERTY picks the best

    Château de

    Rhône Valley

    It’s easy to picture the voluminous taffeta gowns that must have swept across the lawns of this 18th-century chateau, one of the biggest private estates in Provence. The grand, formal gardens are set within 17 acres of orchard and woodland, while the house itself boasts eight bedrooms, a home cinema and a dining table for 18. It’s a haven for lovers of the great outdoors: as well as a sizable pool, there’s an outdoor gym and several sports courts. Prices start from $16,677 for three nights; sleeps 30;


    Château Saint-Jeannet

    Côte d’Azur

    This 11th-century fortress is the ultimate party pad – Madonna rented it in its entirety during one European tour – and is perfect for a show-stopping wedding, with seating for up to 800 guests in the immaculate gardens. The 15 bedrooms feature minimalist furnishings and sleek wooden floors: if Jil Sander designed a château, it would look like this. Cannes and Monaco are a half-hour drive away – or take the chopper from the helipad. Prices start from $33,322 for a week; sleeps 30; petershamproperties.com

    The imposing 11th-century Château Saint-Jeannet

    Château de Provence's elegant gardens


    Photograph: Koray Birand

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