Image of the week: Chateau of Chaumont, France

This week's chosen image is the stunning Chateau of Chaumont, France, by Jeanine Marion.

In honour of the many stunning chateaux that dot the French countryside, we've picked four of the best:

Chateau Les Merles, Mouleydier, Aquitaine:
The 19th-century French facade opens to an interior of Dutch minimalism and a striking black and white theme. You can dine on a fantastic menu with great spit roasts, local wines and vegetables from the organic garden. Head outdoors to the vast gravelled courtyard and terrace looking south to the shimmering pool and the vine-laden hills.

Chateau De Bourron, Bourron Marlotte, Ile De France:
On a hunting trip in 1725, Louis XV and his in-laws met at this exquisite chateau. It was built at the beginning of the 17th century, and today is adorned with original parquet, oriental rugs and period pieces, exquisite fabrics and elegant tapestries. A deep red and gold theme runs throughout the roomsm which boast pale marble bathrooms, and gilt mirrors. There are 80 acres of walled gardens to get lost in. See if you can find the extraordinary statues of Ceres and St Joseph, the chapel and the moat.

Chateau De Verrieres, Saumur, Western Loire:
This chateau was built in 1890 by Général Baillou de La Brosse to host grand balls and soirées. It has been passionately and authentically restored. Despite being right in the old town of Saumur, it boasts huge grounds where aristocratic French cavalry officers would hone their equestrian skills.

Chateau Lamothe Prince Noir, Saint Sulpice Et Cameyrac, Aquitaine:
Turn off a suburban road and enter the pages of a fairytale. The stone chateau is covered in creepers, and is framed by two towers. It sits serenely in the middle of a moat, and inside you'll find large bedrooms with canopied beds, strong colours, antique bed linen and a rich but comfortable assortment of furniture. Bathrooms are grand with gold taps and Venetian glass, and most have windows.

Would you like to step inside these magical chateaux for yourself? Take a look through our trips to France and find the one that inspires you. Order a FREE brochure or sign up for our monthly eNews to get trip updates, inspiring articles, competitions and more.

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