These Grands Châteaux are opening in France this summer


With France reopening to vaccinated Americans in June, a host of new accommodations are opening their golden doors. And perhaps to make up for a year without everything authentically French (we mean croissants from a Parisian pastry shop, not the cafe in your hometown), so many of the summer’s most anticipated openings are real châteaux , allowing us to live our Francophile fantasies from Versailles to Saint-Tropez.

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The Great Control

Located within the walls of the Palace of Versailles, the Lingonberry Palace of Versailles The Grand Control is the closest to walking in Marie-Antoinette’s shoes when it opens next month. It is furnished in an 18th century artisanal decor and the 14 royal rooms and suites are spread over three buildings dating from 1681: Le Grand Contrôle, Le Petit Contrôle and the Pavillon. The names of the suites include Baron de Staël-Holstein, the famous Swedish Ambassador to France and the Marquis de Fouquet, to add an extra layer of history. One of the highlights of your stay here are the private after-hours tours, led by your personal butler through the Palace grounds, including the hamlet of Queens where Marie Antoinette used to meet friends. Another strong point? The aptly named Feast restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse where you will taste mallard galantine with foie gras and pistachios, and scallops with Jerusalem artichokes and truffles. Of course, there is also a lot of cake.

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Château de la Messadière is located on 25 hectares off the French Riviera.

Courtesy of Château de la Messadière

Messardière castle

Built in 1904 and given as a wedding gift to the famous rider Henry Brisson de la Messardière and his artist wife, Louise Dupuy D’Angeac, the newly imagined Messardière castle opens July 1st. Interior designer Christophe Tollemer took his cues from the glamorous golden age of the Côte d’Azur, transforming the 108 airy rooms into timeless hiding places, with vintage furniture lit by the bright Mediterranean sun. The culinary duo Giovanni Amato and Elena Mosetti at the head of L’Acacia in Mediterranean style, the most relaxed A Ciel Ouvert, aperitif spot Le Soleil d’Eau and the Fillmore Bar where late-night cocktails are served with dim sum and a DJ sets the mood. Although this retreat is high on the hills outside of Saint-Tropez, a free shuttle service to the beach club and the Chateau’s Jardin Tropézina restaurant means it can still be a beach getaway, but luckily, their privacy means you will never fall in with the crowds so common on the French Riviera.


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