High-end accommodation on-site

The two “official” high-end offers within the park itself are the Novotel Poitiers Futuroscope (from €88) and the Hôtel Plaza (from €95). The first is a premium chain hotel with the all the classic requisites: large windows, fitness centre, heated outdoor pool, restaurant, etc. The latter is in a slightly superior category – especially if you book into one of the “Top Club” rooms or suites – offering smart, contemporary interiors, an indoor pool and a French restaurant.

Stay in a castle a few kilometres from the park

While the theme park has its sights set firmly on the future, the surrounding region proudly displays its rich past. If you want to experience both, there are four castles located within a 25-kilometre radius of Futuroscope that offer a unique setting in which to stay.

Located 8 kilometres south-west of the park on the banks of the river Clain, the Château du Clos (from €67) is set within a vast estate that features an outdoor pool and pretty gardens. The 18th-century shell conceals surprisingly modern interiors, but the building’s original period stained-glass windows, wooden beams and ceiling moulds have also been carefully preserved, especially in the stately dining room.

Less luxurious but more authentic, the Château d'Avanton (from €80) is a charming B&B located less than 4 kilometres from Futuroscope. The 16th century building, surrounded by gardens with a pool is decorated and furnished in a classic style, letting the historic character shine through. This renovated château comes highly recommended by past guests for its cosy atmosphere and its well-equipped rooms, which all feature self-catering facilities.

Half an hour’s drive from the theme park in the heart of Châtellerault, La Gourmandine (from €90) is a grand manor house set within 4000 square kilometres of parkland. The establishment proposes luxurious services and facilities including a hot tub, steam room, spa treatments and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Guests compliment the high standards of the hotel and the delicate balance of contemporary and classic decor.

Lastly, Le Château de la Plante (from €90) is a little further away in a more romantic, pastoral setting. Located on a fine estate of 10 hectares, this aristocratic abode offers a traditional experience of French rustic-chic, with four-poster beds, antique furniture, chandeliers and neatly clipped topiary in the garden.

Two elegant guesthouses

The term “authentic” is a perfect way to describe the following two guesthouses, especially the Le Pigeonnier du Perron (from €65) with its stone walls and pretty courtyard, which is set within a renovated 15th-century farmhouse that once belonged to the philosopher René Descartes. The gardens of this picturesque property contain a heated outdoor pool and a vegetable patch that provides fresh produce for the kitchen.

The more contemporary Villa Richelieu (from €85) offers elegant rooms that combine modern comforts with provincial charm and lush gardens that feature an outdoor pool and dining area.