Best Boutique and Luxury Hotels in France

Hotels, B&Bs, chateaux, auberges, restaurants with rooms

We are delighted to announce that we have started recommending hotels in France once again. Official French tourism figures for 2014 revealed it was the most visited country in the world, and over 80% of visitors were from Europe, especially the UK. 

The scope of our recommendations reflects this; we’ve put up a hand-picked list of what we consider to be some of the best hotels around the country.

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Featured hotels in France

Château de Villette, Poil, Burgundy

In the Morvan nature reserve in southern Burgundy, this 16th/18th-century château is run as a chambres d’hôtes by its English-speaking owners Catherine and Coen Stork (she is

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Le Fleuray Hotel & Restaurant Le Colonial, Amboise, Loire Valley

This 19th century manor house has been converted into a charming country hotel restaurant by its English owners, Hazel and Peter Newington. They run it with son and daughter, Jordan and Cassie.

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Auberge du Bon Laboureur, Chenonceaux, Loire Valley

'Lovely looking and efficiently run,' say visitors. At the château gates, this l8th century post house (Relais du Silence) has been owned by the Jeudi family since 1902. lt consists of five

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L'Abbaye-Chateau de Camon, Camon, Midi-Pyrenees

‘Just as lovely as we remembered,’ says a returning visitor to this converted 10th-century abbey, part of a castle in this lovely old fortified village, way south-west of Carcassonne. The

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Le Manoir les Minimes , Amboise, Loire Valley

Excellently situated, next to the château’, this luxurious 18th-century manor house was built on the foundations of an ancient medieval monastery. It stands on the banks of the Loire near

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Le Moulin du Roc, Champagnac-de-Belair, Dordogne

Michelin awards a star to owner/chef Alain Gardillou, admiring also the ‘magic’ setting of his 17th-century oil mill on the Dronne: Guide readers, too, call it a ‘wonderful, bucolic

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Domaine de la Tortiniere, Veigné, Loire Valley

 ‘A lovely hotel’. The owner/managers, Anne and Xavier Olivereau, are the fourth generation of the family to run this handsome pepperpotted Second Empire mansion, set amid woods and

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Hostellerie le Beffroi, VAISON-LA-ROMAINE , Vaucluse

This old town has fascinating Roman remains, not public buildings but patrician villas, shops, a bridge and an amphitheatre; nearby is the modern section, with shops and restaurants. To the south,

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Ti Al Lannec, TREBEURDEN, Brittany

The Jouanny family’s handsome, white 19th-century mansion (Relais de Silence) stands in a large flowery garden, 'a beautiful location', where meals are served under parasols and cypress trees.

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Château de Moulin-le-Comte, Aire-sur-la-Lys, Pas-de-Calais

In a hamlet near Aire-sur-la-Lys, this graceful 19th-century mansion has been lovingly turned by its Belgian owner, Sir Francis Van der Elst, into a welcoming B&B with table d’hôte.

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La Villa de Mazamet, Mazamet, Midi-Pyrenees

In a quiet residential area, this 1930s maison de maitre has been carefully restored by English owners, Peter Friend and Mark Barber, who run it as a luxury chambres d'hôtes with dinners.

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Hotel Chopin, Paris

Philippe Bidal’s modest hotel (a listed historic monument) stands at the end of a glass-roofed 19th-century arcade with shops, near the junction of boulevards Haussmann, Montmartre and des

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Grand Hotel Malher, Paris

‘Excellently located’, in the Marais, this ‘very friendly’ hotel has for three generations been owned and run by Didier Fossiez’s family (‘he and his wife, Pamela,

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Hotel de Varenne , Paris

Close to the Invalides and the Rodin museum with its fascinating garden, this former hôtel particulier's owner, Jean-Marc Pommier, who is much in evidence, has extensively decorated in Louis XVI

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Residence du Vieux Port, Marseille, Provence

‘Splendidly located’ on the quayside and facing south over the Vieux Port is this modern seven-storey B&B hotel. The 1950s exterior is no beauty, but a recent renovation means the

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Les Florets , Gigondas, Provence

Against a background of the craggy Dentelles de Montmirail, this old-fashioned hotel has a superb setting high in a wooded valley, near some of the best Côtes du Rhône vineyards.

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Grand Hotel des Bains, Locquirec, Brittany

‘A terrific place,’ said a recent visitor. Gloriously positioned on a peninsula in a fishing port on the north Brittany coast, this handsome white 1900s hotel is decorated in

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Le Valmarin, St-Malo, Brittany

‘Such a wonderful building; good value,’ says a visitor about Françoise and Gérard Nicolas’s 18th-century house, elegantly renovated in period style. South of the old

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La Bergerie, Morzine, Alps

This family owned and run B&B is located very conveniently in the centre of Morzine, less than 100m from the nearest ski lift. Owners Eric and Caroline Marullaz-Monné have exceptional

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Hotel Charembeau, Forcalquier, Provence

Tastefully converted by its owners Sandra and André Berger, this group of 18th-century stone farm buildings is now an inexpensive B&B hotel. It stands in a large park of woods and rolling

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Hotel Windsor, Nice, Cote d'Azur

This unusual hotel is located not far from the seafront, behind the mighty Hôtel Negresco. Visitors called it ‘a delight’. Fairly quiet, yet lively, it has a quirky style. The hall

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Mas Djoliba, Antibes, Cote d'Azur

Ten minutes’ walk from the busy old town and its beaches, this converted 1920s mas has something of the air of a private home: ‘handsome, quiet and comfortable’. Each bedroom is

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Casa Pairal, Collioure, Languedoc-Roussillon

‘A good, sound hotel in a fine position.’ Owned by Alix Lormand, this 19th-century demeure (Relais du Silence) is part of a small group of Roussillon hotels. It is in a traffic-free area

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Hotel de la Poste et Champanne, Brioude, Auvergne

A long-time Guide favourite, the Chazal family’s ‘seriously good’ small hotel/restaurant is on the main street of a pleasant market town in the Auvergne. One daughter,

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Manoir de Malagorse, Cuzance, Dordogne

In the rolling hills of the Lot, this 19th-century manor house, approached by a long and narrow country road, has been turned by Abel and Anna Congratel into a chambres d’hôtes. They are

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Chateau d'Etoges, Etoges, Champagne

A ‘ravishing building’, a 17th-century château, with pepperpot tower, moat with swans, ‘hens and cockerels strutting in the grounds’. This ‘imposing place with

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Hotel de la Bretonnerie, Paris

Set in a 17th-century former townhouse on a side street in the Marais, the rooms at Hotel de la Bretonnerie offer an equal mix of history and romance: although on the small side (typical for Paris),

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Hotels in France

  • Auberge de la Selune, DUCEY, Manche

    In a beautiful setting on the Sélune (one of the last salmon rivers in France), where the N176 crosses an old bridge, this unsophisticated Logis de France is run by Patrice and Sandra Girres;

  • Hotel Diderot , CHINON, Loire Valley

    Near the famous château of this well-known wine town on the Vienne, this B&B owned by two sisters, Francoise, and Martine, and their brother, Laurent,  continues to

  • La Ferme de la Sauzette, Cazilhac , Aude

    ‘A perfect rural hideaway.’ New owners, Luc and Magaly Dupont have taken over this chambres d’hôtes which stands amid vineyards only 5km from Carcassonne, within easy driving

  • Hotel Arce, ST-ETIENNE-DE-BAIGORRY , Pyrenees-Atlantiques

    Near the Spanish border, in the remote Aldudes valley, this village is a key Basque folklore centre. Here, Pascal and Christine Arcé’s ‘beautiful country hotel’, by a trout

  • Hotel Crillon le Brave , CRILLON-LE-BRAVE , Provence

    Below Mont Ventoux, in a tiny hill top Provençal village, this smart hotel (Relais & Châteaux), owned by Peter Chittick and Craig Miller, is managed by Sébastian Pilat.

  • Hôtel Le Plantagenet , CHINON, Loire Valley

    Martine de Carvalho, the new owner, is proud of the 'warm family ambiance' of her centrally placed, white-painted B&B hotel. It stands near the gates of the medieval city, not far from the River

  • La Perouse, Nice, Cote d'Azur

    ‘Perfect location, perfect staff, perfect pool.’ On a hill at the east end of the Promenade des Anglais, this popular hotel has stunning views over the Baie des Anges. It stands back from

  • Hotel La Ferme du Chozal, nr Albertville, Savoie

    Near the centre of a quiet village, and close to the télésiège which serves the ski areas of Les Saisies and L’Espace Diamant, Anne-Christine and Frédéric

  • Hotel Wilson, Dijon, Côte-d’Or

    Owned by Mme Descaillot and Mme Etievant, this 17th-century post house has been nicely converted into a B&B, and has recently been renovated. It stands on a pretty square a short walk from the

  • Hotel de Buci, Paris

    Near St-Germain-des-Prés, this small, luxurious B&B hotel is in a 16th-century building facing the well-known outdoor market (which some rooms overlook) of the narrow Rue de Buci.

  • Hotel d'Aubusson, Paris

    ‘Not cheap, but the style, decor, service and fabulous location make it a winner’: this 17th-century mansion is within easy walking distance (via Pont Neuf) of the Louvre and Notre Dame.

  • Hotel de l'Abbaye, Paris

    Returning to Pierre and Gisèle Lafortune’s hotel, a former 17th-century convent near St-Sulpice, a visitor wrote: ‘Expensive, but worth every euro. The people are charming.' Set

  • Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais, Paris

    ‘Well managed, charming; the location is superb,’ says a visitor regarding Alain Bigeard’s elegant small hotel in the trendy Marais district. ‘Very romantic’,

  • Chatillon Hotel, Paris

    ‘Outstanding value, nearly perfect in its class.’ Ever popular, this lovely little hotel is off the beaten track, in an ‘amazingly quiet’ square near the Porte

  • Hotel Le Clement, Paris

    M. and Mme Charrade’s ‘typical Parisian small hotel, narrow, on 6 floors’, is located just off Boulevard St-Germain and a stroll away from Luxembourg Gardens and the Notre-Dame. The

  • Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon, Paris

    ‘Full of character, delightfully decorated and a haven of peace’: this 18th-century mansion is in a side street off Boulevard St-Germain. It has old beams, rough stone walls, tiles,

  • Hotel de Fleurie, Paris

    Owned and run by the Marolleau family, this well-restored 18th-century building is in a narrow street, full of cheap restaurants, near St-Germain-des-Prés. It was liked again by visitors on

  • Hotel des Grands Hommes , Paris

    Liked immensely by many readers (‘good, quiet, exceptional value’; ‘an excellent hotel in a very good location’), this converted town house is named after the ‘great

  • Hotel du Palais Bourbon, Paris

    Thierry Claudon’s B&B hotel is fairly inexpensive despite its grand name, and is housed in an elegant old building in a quiet, pleasant street near Assemblée Nationale, Invalides and

  • Le Pavillon de la Reine, Paris

    ‘Romantically set’ in the Marais, on one of Paris’s loveliest squares, this handsome 17th-century building, with creeper-draped facade and pretty front courtyard, is an elegant hotel

  • Hotel de la Place des Vosges, Paris

    Located in the Marais, on a one-way street two minutes’ walk from Place des Vosges, is this former stable for mules of Henry IV, now an ‘attractive, honest, reasonable’ family-run

  • Hotel Pratic , Paris

    ‘Wonderfully located’ in the Marais, this inexpensive hotel overlooks the lively Place du Marché-Ste-Catherine. The 19th-century building has a charming wood-beamed lobby, where

  • Relais du Louvre, Paris

    ‘Well placed for visits to central Paris’, this 18th-century building is where Puccini set La Bohème. ‘Quietly elegant’, it is in a small street opposite the Louvre, by

  • Hotel Le Sainte-Beuve, Paris

    This 'agreeable’ small hotel is located in a quiet street at the northwest end of Jardin du Luxembourg (two minutes' walk away) and near St-Sulpice and Montparnasse. It is owned and managed by

  • Hotel Tilsitt Etoile, Paris

    Liked for ‘peace, comfort, reasonable rates and accessibility’ is this hotel on a quiet side side street near Étoile, part of a group of four small hotels. 'Decor is artistic yet

  • Hotel de l'Universite, Paris

    Formerly a Benedictine convent, this ‘civilised’ little Left Bank hotel underwent extensive renovations in 2011 and is now smart and modern, although traces of its past remain with

  • Hotel Verneuil, Paris

    ‘Small and personal, with attentive staff’, this B&B hotel is in a quiet street in St-Germain-des-Prés: ‘A lovely location, close to shops and the local market,’

  • Hotel Mansart , Paris

    Considering its location (just behind the Ritz, and a short walk to the Louvre and the Tuileries) and its reputation for excellent service, the Mansart offers good value. Rooms are elegant, and

  • Hotel St-Christophe, Aix-en-Provence, Provence

    ‘Wonderful’, ‘excellent value’, are comments on the Bonnet family’s hotel in the centre, near the Cours Mirabeau. Léopold Bonnet turned a garage into a restaurant

  • Hotel Spa Le Calendal , Arles, Provence

    ‘A lovely little hotel,’ says a visitor to Frederic and Cécile Lespinasse-Jacquemin’s quiet, friendly B&B in three buildings in the old town. Other comments:

  • Le Prieure, Villeneuve-les-Avignon, Provence

    On the west bank of the Rhône, this historic little town above Avignon has a splendid charterhouse and other noble buildings, including this 14th-century priory, now a luxurious hotel (Relais

  • Baumaniere - La Cabro d'Or, Les-Baux-de-Provence, Provence

    Well away from the tourist crowds which flock to this spectacular hilltop village is the Charial family’s sophisticated modern hotel (Relais & Châteaux). Built in the style of a

  • La Bastide de Voulonne , Cabrieres d'Avignon, Provence

    A honey-coloured 18th-century bastide, run by Penny and Julien Hemery as a charming small hotel. Light and airy, full of Provençal colour, it is in the valley between Gordes and the Luberon

  • Le Pigonnet, Aix-en-Provence, Provence

    ‘One of the nicest hotels we’ve stayed in,’ say visitors. ‘Staff were particularly helpful. Food was excellent.’ This 19th-century mansion is decorated in sophisticated

  • Relais de la Magdeleine, Gemenos, Provence

    ‘A lovely hotel in a beautiful setting’; ‘calm and quiet’. It is one of the Guide’s best-loved hotels, owned by the Marignane brothers: Christophe and Vincent manage;

  • Manoir de la Roseraie, Grignan, Provence

    ‘You can tick all the “Good Hotel” boxes for this one,’ say the nominators of this ‘beautiful house, away from traffic on the edge of a spectacular village’. The

  • Le Mas de Guilles , Lourmarin, Provence

    ‘We cannot adequately praise this hotel,’ say visitors about this 17th-century mas (Relais du Silence). It stands up a private road on a large estate, outside this beautiful village on the

  • Domaine du Colombier, Malataverne, Provence

    In open country south of Montélimar, this creeper-covered 14th-century bastide was once an overnight stop for pilgrims. It is now a stylish little hotel, owned and run by Cyric Fressac, who is

  • Le Hospitaliers , Le Poet-Laval, Provence

    Visitors returning to the Morin family’s hilltop hotel found it ‘delightful as ever’. In a medieval village east of Montélimar, it is built on the ruins of a much older

  • Le Mimosa , St-Saturnin-de-Lucian, Provence

    In a village near Clermont-l’Hérault is this delightful small hotel, run since June 2014 by welcoming hosts Sonia and Sylvain Geindreau. ‘The rooms are simple and

  • Hotel Montmirail , Gigondas, Provence

    In a ‘delightful location’ near Vacqueyras, at the head of a wooded ravine below the rocky Dentelles de Montmirail, this 19th-century building was once a spa centre. ‘We once again

  • Sous les Figuiers, St-Remy-de-Provence, Provence

    ‘A little French gem, full of charm and character’: Gisèle and Denise Lafuente’s chambres d’hôtes stands quietly in ‘beautifully kept

  • Hotel Daniel , Paris

    The imaginatively detailed interior of this hotel sets it apart: the 18th century French chinoiserie style includes fabric toile du Jouy wallpaper, oriental carpets and custom-made furniture with

  • Le Castel Marie-Louise, La Baule , Brittany

    Built a century ago as a private house, this belle époque mansion (Relais & Chateaux) was turned into a hotel by François André in 1926: he named it after his wife. It stands

  • Domaine de Rochevilaine, Billiers, Brittany

    On a rocky spur of the south Brittany coast, this luxurious hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is owned by Bertrand Jaquet. A romantic collection of buildings, including a 13th-century stone gateway,

  • Quintessia Resort, Orvault, Brittany

    Built in the 1970s, this large white villa, with its sloping red-tiled roof, looks more Basque than Breton. Previously known as Le Domaine d'Orvault, but still managed by Nathalie and Sylvain Lejeune,

  • Hotel Le Mur du Roy, Penvins, Brittany

    The setting of M. and Mme Boyère’s modern hotel is ‘splendid’, say visitors to the lovely Rhuys peninsula. Others wrote of ‘a spacious feel, a friendly patron’.

  • Manoir de la Hazaie, Planguenoual, Brittany

    ‘Superbly restored’ by owners Jean-Yves and Christine Marivin, and with ‘furnishings tastefully selected to create an authentic contemporary ambience’, this stone-built manor

  • Hotel Montgomery, Pontorson, Brittany

    Built in 1526, this creeper-covered building was the home of the Earl of Montgomery, who accidentally killed the French king, Henry II, in a tournament. Now a hotel ‘full of character’

  • L'Hotel, Paris

    This hotel’s most famous guest was Oscar Wilde, who died here when it was a rundown boarding house, but since then a number of celebrities have stayed here and continue to do so; a revamp by

  • Relais de la Rance, Quedillac, Brittany

    A restaurant-with-rooms (Logis de France) in a village north-west of Rennes, just off the main road to Brest. This old granite maison bourgeoise is run by its ‘charming and sophisticated’

  • L'Auberge Bretonne, La Roche-Bernard, Brittany

    ‘Pretty close to perfection’ was one couple’s verdict on this charming hotel in a busy market village near the south Brittany coast.  The restaurant, in an enclosed cloister, is

  • Le Brittany & Spa, Roscoff, Brittany

    Right by the sea, this 17th-century manor house, just east of the port, is now an attractive hotel whose owner, a Mme Chapalain and her son, ‘are very kind’, says a returning visitor. The

  • Hotel de la Plage, Ste-Anne-La-Palud, Brittany

    Run ‘with panache’ by its owners, Anne and Jean Milliau Le Coz, this upmarket beach hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is described by correspondents as 'delightful'. It stands beside a

  • Manoir de Lan-Kerellec, TREBEURDEN, Brittany

    ‘A beautiful hotel,’ one reader wrote. Built of local pink granite, this 19th-century Breton manor house (Relais & Châteaux) stands on a wooded headland on the edge of this

  • Maisons de Bricourt, Cancale, Brittany

    Owner/chef Olivier Roellinger and his wife, Jane, preside over their collection of maisons (Relais & Châteaux) in and around this picturesque fishing port renowned for its oysters. They

  • Chateau de la Cote, Bourdeilles, Dordogne

    In a park with century-old trees bordered by box tree walkways, this Renaissance château near Brantôme looks across a valley. Graceful and romantic, it is creeper-covered,

  • Hostellerie Les Griffons, Bourdeilles, Dordogne

    Beneath the 13th/16th-century château of this village near Brantôme, this 17th-century maison bourgeoise stands by the River Dronne. Owned by Frédérique and Jacques Dauba, it

  • Le Moulin de l'Abbaye, Brantome, Dordogne

    Staying here is ‘a very good experience’, says a visitor to this creeper-clad 16th-century mill, now a luxurious hotel (Relais & Châteaux). It stands at the foot of a cliff in

  • Manoir d'Hautegente, Coly, Dordogne

    ‘Delightful, ‘peaceful and idyllic’, say visitors to this long-time Guide favourite. Owned by one family for over 300 years, now run by the ‘charming’ Patrick Hamelin and

  • Hotel du Centenaire, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, Dordogne

    On the edge of this village, famous for the discovery of the cave of Cro-Magnon man nearby, and very touristy in summer, this ‘first-rate’ hotel stands by the winding River

  • Le Metairie, Mauzac, Dordogne

    In the Périgord Noir, this ‘true gem’ is run by its ‘genial’ Swiss owners, Heinz and Rita Johner. An ivy-covered 18th-century house, it stands amid pretty countryside,

  • Chateau de Mercues, Mercues, Dordogne

    Dating in part from the 12th century, this ‘truly beautiful’, many-turreted castle stands high on a cliff above the River Lot, in ‘beautiful formal gardens’ on a wine-growing

  • Hotel de la Ferme Lamy, Meyrals, Dordogne

    Michelin finds Michel Bougon’s extended 17th-century farmhouse in the Périgord Nord near Sarlat, ‘ravishing’ and tells of its ‘ambiance cosy’. And a nominator

  • La Terrasse, Meyronne, Dordogne

    Formerly the summer residence of the bishops of Tulle, this 11th-century château stands above the Dordogne, near Rocamadour: it has ‘glorious views’. ‘We loved the personal

  • Hostellerie La Roseraie, Montignac, Dordogne

    By the River Vézère in this medieval village, this handsome 19th-century building has a friendly ambience, say visitors. It is run with warmth by Thierry and Katia Guedj. ‘Our room

  • Chateau de Lalande, Annesse-et-Beaulieu, Dordogne

    Between Bordeaux and the Dordogne, this small château is a very reasonably priced hotel-restaurant, run by its owners, Catherine and Yves Staebell (she runs front of house, he is chef). A

  • Hotel l'Ecrin et Restaurant Maxime Crouzil, Plancoet, Brittany

    ‘Again we had a wonderful time,’ say trusted correspondents after their third visit to this restaurant-with-rooms in a village west of Dinan. Earlier they wrote: ‘It has vitality,

  • Hostellerie des Ducs, Duras, Dordogne

    In a ‘delightful’ small wine-growing town between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne, the Blanchet family’s restaurant-with-rooms has a terrace facing Duras’s 14th-century

  • Chateau de Pray, Amboise, Loire Valley

    In a wooded park outside Amboise, facing the Loire, this small château was built in 1244 by Geoffrey de Pray; later, the wife of Alphonse Daudet lived here. Now a highly regarded hotel, it is

  • Le Manoir Saint-Thomas, Amboise, Loire Valley

    A 12th-century turreted former priory has been sympathetically restored, and is now a B&B hotel owned by Isabelle and Alan Sohn, and located two minutes' walk from Amboise centre. Rooms are all

  • Hotel du Mail, Angers, Loire Valley

    ‘Bang in the middle of decent-sized, pleasant town’, behind the Hôtel de Ville, is this converted 17th century Ursuline convent, now a B&B hotel. A visitor found it

  • La Solognote, Brinon-Sur-Sauldre, Loire Valley

    Owned by Marie-Christine Menec Lacube, this former coach house is now an auberge (Logis Hotels), with a low brick building and rear bedroom extension, and located by a river, in a village on the edge

  • Hotel Agnes Sorel, CHINON, Loire Valley

    Named after a mistress of Charles VII who was also an enthusiastic cook, this ‘sweet, unpretentious little place, astonishingly cheap’, has long been loved by Guide readers. Owned and run

  • Chateau de Marcay, CHINON, Loire Valley

    Built as a fortress in about 1150, the town of Marçay was originally inside the walls of this splendid château, now a smart hotel. The present structure, with pepperpot towers and a

  • Chateau de Chissay, Chissay-en-Touraine, Loire Valley

    In the Cher valley, near Chenonceaux and Blois, this ‘idyllic’ medieval château stands on a hillside. Owned by Philippe Savry, and part of the small Savray group, it is ‘a

  • Auberge du Centre, Chitenay, Loire Valley

    Convenient for visiting the Loire châteaux, this ‘cool and pleasant’ inn (Logis de France) is in a peaceful village south of Blois. It is the family home of the owner, Gilles

  • Auberge du Port des Roches, Luche-Pringe, Loire Valley

    On the banks of Le Loir (not La Loire, further south), is this small country restaurant-with-rooms (Logis de France). ‘The setting is most attractive, the owners [Thierry and Valérie

  • Hotel du Commerce, Oucques, Loire Valley

    In quiet street in the small village of Oucques is this small hotel/restaurant (Logis de France, Michelin Bib Gourmand) owned by chef M. Lanchais: ‘He and his wife are warm and friendly. Our

  • La Tonnellerie, Tavers, Loire Valley

    Once the home of a 19th-century wine merchant, this vine-covered building is now a ‘charming small hotel’, says a visitor. ‘The friendly staff were very helpful.’ The owners

  • Le Manoir de la Foret, La Ville-aux-Clercs, Loire Valley

    Between Orléans and Le Mans, outside a village 18 km north of Vendôme, is this handsome, ivy-covered 19th-century former hunting lodge of Duc de La Rochefoucauld, now owned by Maryse and

  • Hotel Cantemerle, Vence, Provence

    This ‘very peaceful’ hotel stands on a hill amid pine trees, in a well-kept garden with swimming pool (where snacks are served in summer). ‘It is architecturally pleasing, in

  • Chateau de Trigance, Trigance, Provence

    ‘Magical.’ ‘Delightful.’ This former 10th-century fortress, near the awesome Gorges du Verdon, is owned by the family of Guillaume Thomas. ‘The welcome is warm and

  • Hotel Le Saint Paul, St-Paul-de-Vence, Provence

    ‘For warmth of reception combined with lovely rooms, it cannot be beat,’ writes a travel expert about Roberto and Nanda Polito's luxurious and stylish little hotel (Relais &

  • Auberge de Reillanne, Reillanne, Provence

    This 'beautifully refurbished’ old bastide is located within walking distance of the ancient fortified village of Reillanne. A reviewer found it  ‘calm, quiet, relaxing; simply

  • Hotel d'Europe, Avignon, Provence

    A hotel since 1799, this elegant 16th-century building has long been a favourite of Guide readers. Earlier visitors include Napoleon, Victor Hugo, Tennessee Williams, Picasso and the Brownings. In

  • Auberge de Carcarille, Gordes, Provence

    Informally run by the Rambaud family is this stylish inn located in a ‘pleasing stone building’ set back from the road, in ‘fairly spacious’ grounds with olive and almond trees

  • Mas de Aigras, Orange, Provence

    This creeper-clad stone mas is now a welcoming three-star demeure d’hôtes, quietly set amid fields, vineyards and orchards in the heart of Provence, 4 kms from Orange. Sylvie and

  • Hotel Saint-Jean, Orange, Provence

    Near the Roman theatre, at the foot of St-Eutrope hill is this 17th-century coaching inn, now a pink and green-shuttered two-star B&B with ‘welcoming’ owner/manager, Alain Bennejean.

  • Hostellerie Les Gorges de Pennafort, Callas, Provence

    Opposite the dramatic gorges of Pennafort, in wooded country near Draguignan, this former relais de poste is now a luxurious hotel/restaurant managed by chef Philippe Da Silva and his wife, Martine.

  • Le Logis de l'Escalin, La Garde-Adhemar, Provence

    ‘A lovely discovery’, by a regular Guide correspondent. Just outside this medieval village perché north of Orange, above the Rhône, it is only a kilometre from the A7,

  • La Passiflore, Vergeze, Languedoc-Roussillon

    In a pretty village between Nîmes and Montpellier is this renovated, creeper-covered, old farmhouse, run by Alain Foubert. All the air-conditioned bedrooms face the central courtyard or a

  • Auberge de la Tour, Valros, Provence

    In two buildings, separated by a garden with a swimming pool, is M. and Mme Grasset’s ‘relatively modern’ Logis de France, popular with golfers. ‘Cheap and cheerful, with

  • La Ferme St-Michel, Solerieux, Provence

    ‘Charming as ever,’ says a visitor, returning to this 16th-century stone mas in vineyards and lavender fields in rolling country east of the Rhône valley. ‘No airs and graces,

  • Hotel L'Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix, Rhone-Alpes

    In a village midway between the town and the Mont Blanc Tunnel entrance, this cheerful chalet-style hotel (Logis de France) is owned and run by Bernard and Martine Farini. In a large park (with big

  • Le Hameau Albert 1er, Chamonix, Rhone-Alpes

    Owned since 1903 by the Carrier family, this luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux) is named after the Belgian king who loved this ski resort. It has ‘wonderful views’ and, says a

  • Hotel Azteca, Barcelonnette, Alps

    ‘An unexpected chunk of Mexico’ in upper Provence, this B&B is filled with furniture and craftworks which globetrotting residents of this medieval town collected in the 19th century.

  • Hotel la Cle des Champs, Gordes, Provence

    This old hill village, popular with artists, is full of arty boutiques. Its name means ‘russet’: it is famous for its ochre quarries, and its buildings are in shades of red, pink and

  • Hotel du Levant, Cap d'Antibes, Cote d'Azur

    Although somewhat dated and in need of renovations, this ‘attractive, comfortable’ hotel still offers lots of charm, and ‘helpful staff. Good value in an expensive

  • Le Cagnard, Haut-de-Cagnes, Cote d'Azur

    This unusual hotel is a clever conversion of medieval houses on the side of a cliff, by the ramparts of this fashionable hill village, inland from Nice. The hotel was purchased from the Barel-Laroche

  • Hotel Welcome, Villefranche-Sur-Mer, Cote d'Azur

    Between Nice and Monte Carlo, this ‘impeccable hotel’, owned by Gérard Galbois, stands opposite the fishermen’s chapel decorated by Cocteau. ‘He wrote Orphée in

  • Le Bosquet, Pegomas, Cote d'Azur

    Between Cannes and Grasse, on the edge of a village in mimosa country, this informal and ‘convivial’ holiday hotel, long popular with readers, is owned and run by Chantal Cattet and her

  • La Colombe d'Or, St-Paul-de-Vence, Provence

    At the entrance of this old walled town, this ‘beautiful and special’ hotel is run by François Roux with his wife, Daniele. His artist grandfather, Paul Roux, founded it in 1931,

  • Les Rosees, Mougins, Cote d'Azur

    Located very close to the village of Mougins, and only 20 minutes' drive from Cannes, this small luxury hotel is described as more of a country house than a hotel, with only five beautiful suites.

  • Hotel Excelsior, Nice, Cote d'Azur

    Located just steps away from the Promenade des Anglais is this small, Belle Epoque boutique hotel, with charming and friendly staff. Rooms have a clever 1920s travel theme, with travel-related

  • Hotel Baie Doree, Cap d'Antibes, Cote d'Azur

    Although you are paying for location more than decor - the reception is tiny and the rooms simply furnished - all rooms have terraces with sea views. The hotel also has two swimming pools - one

  • Hotel des Pins, Soulac-sur-Mer, Gironde

    On the edge of a pine forest, near the southern tip of the Médoc peninsula, ‘Soulac is a proper little seaside town’, and l’Amélie is a ‘sort of suburb’.

  • La Marine, Barneville-Carteret, Normandy

    ‘Seven days of great comfort in a superb location’ were enjoyed at the Cesne family’s holiday hotel in a pieds dans l’eau position on the Cotentin peninsula, south of

  • La Reserve de Beaulieu, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Cote d'Azur

    By the rocky shore, the Delion family’s pink, Florentine-style villa was a favourite of prewar Riviera society: Garbo and Scott Fitzgerald were among its habitués. ‘It is my idea of

  • Hotel Restaurant L'Ocean, Ile de Re, Charente-Maritime

    The magnificent white beaches of Île de Ré, offshore from La Rochelle, attract hordes of French holidaymakers in season: advance booking is essential for Anne and Frederic Latour’s

  • La Matelote, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais

    By the harbour entrance and near Boulogne’s ‘odd little beach’, the Lestienne family’s restaurant-with-rooms is in two converted 1930s houses. Tony Lestienne, who specialises

  • Hotel de Provence, Cannes, Cote d'Azur

    ‘Slap bang between the seafront and rue d’Antibes (great for shopping)’, Jerry Duburq's ‘little gem’ of a hotel, decorated in Provençal style, is warmly

  • Hotel Madeloc, Collioure, Languedoc-Roussillon

    Away from the crowded waterfront of this old fishing port near the Spanish border, this modestly priced B&B hotel, ‘not luxurious, but good value’, is up a steep side street. The rooms

  • Le Richelieu, Ile de Re, Charente-Maritime

    Connected to the mainland at La Rochelle, by a three-kilometre toll bridge, the Île de Ré has sandy beaches, oyster beds and, out of season, ‘an air of tranquillity’. On its

  • Fleur de Sel, Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile, Vendee

    The island of Noirmoutier, north-west of La Rochelle, was a monastic settlement in the seventh century; now tourism is its main industry. Linked to the mainland by a bridge and, at low tide, by a

  • Le Mas du Langoustier, Iles d'Hyeres, Cote d'Azur

    The middle, and most easily accessible, of the three Îles d’Hyères, the island of Porquerolles (the name means ‘lavender port’) is a car-free national park, with wooded

  • Le Manoir de Port-Cros, Iles d'Hyeres, Cote d'Azur

    ‘Does one endorse Paradise?’ asks a visitor to this handsome, white 18th-century manor house. Its ‘charming owner’, Pierre Buffet, say other guests, ‘has with great

  • Hotel Le Maquis, Porticcio, Corsica

    Named after the scrub-like bushes which cover Corsica and gave their name to the French Resistance, this ‘very well-run hotel’ is a collection of buildings by the sea. It backs on to a

  • Hotel Parc Victoria, St-Jean-de-Luz, Pyrenees-Atlantiques

    In this upmarket little town near the Spanish border, Roger Larralde and Richard Pérodeau’s white, late 19th-century mansion (Relais & Châteaux) stands quietly near the

  • Le Corps de Garde, Ile de Re, Charente-Maritime

    The Île de Ré, offshore from La Rochelle, is a popular bolthole for wealthy Parisians. It has miles of glorious sandy beaches, an interior of pine forests and vineyards, and plenty of

  • Le Homard Bleu, Ile de Oleron, Charente-Maritime

    Facing the sea, near the spectacular bridge which links Oléron to the mainland, this white-fronted property is in a village in the south-east of the island. it is an unsophisticated hotel,

  • Hotel Les Geraniums, Le Barroux, Vaucluse

    Owned by Huw Awada (a former London hotelier) and his Irish wife Geraldine, this hotel is set in a handsome old stone building in a village perché (which has a 12th-century castle, fine views

  • La Treille Muscate, Cliousclat, Rhone-Alpes

    Easily accessible from the A7 Autoroute du Soleil, and just 24 kilometres from Montélimar (which has a TGV station), the Delaitre family’s ‘exquisite’ ivy-covered,

  • Cour des Loges, Lyon, Rhone-Alpes

    ‘What a remarkable place,’ says a visitor to this designer hotel in the lively narrow streets of the trendy St-Jean quarter of Vieux Lyon. Four adjacent Renaissance mansions have been

  • Hotel des Artistes, Lyon, Rhone-Alpes

    Located by the Théâtre des Célestins, this B&B is much used by visiting actors. The lobby, with its painted walls and dramatic red and gold tones, is reminiscent of a theatre,

  • Hostellerie de Perouges, Perouges, Rhone-Alpes

    This lovely medieval village, with its ramparts, half-timbered houses, and cobbled streets, is often the setting for historical films. Here, the Thibaut family have presided since 1912 at their hotel,

  • Hotellerie Beau Rivage, Condrieu, Rhone-Alpes

    ‘Very smart’ and ‘beautifully situated’ (on the Rhône, in a famous vineyard), the Humann-Donet family’s hotel is ‘still highly recommended. Modernisation

  • Domaine de Clairefontaine, Chonas L'Amballan, Rhone-Alpes

    Owned by the Girardon family, this lovely 18th-century mansion, once the country home of the bishops of Lyon, is on the edge of a Rhône valley village. It has a ‘beautiful terrace’,

  • Le Chalet, Gresse-en-Vercors, Rhone-Alpes

    Amid the ‘breathtaking scenery’ of the eastern Vercors, where, say visitors, ‘sheer mountain cliffs rise majestically above trees and meadows’, is this ‘gem’ of a

  • Auberge St-Pierre, Tourtour, Provence

    High in the mountains in Upper Provence, outside a lovely but touristy village, is this ‘special place’. René Marcellin’s converted 16th-century bastide stands in a large

  • Le Logis du Guetteur, Les Arcs Sur Argens, Provence

    An 11th-century fortified castle at the top of a medieval village in the hills south of Draguinon has been turned into this small hotel where, say the nominators, ‘everything was correct’.

  • Hotel Chilo, Barcus, Pyrenees-Atlantiques

    South-west of Pau, in a tiny village on the edge of the Pays Basque, this old inn has been turned into a restaurant-with-rooms by owner/chef Pierre Chilo and his wife Martine. Praised by readers for

  • Le Lion d'Or, Bayeux, Normandy

    This Logis de France (also Relais du Silence) is a short walk from the famous tapestry (really an embroidery). A much-modernised old coaching inn, it was enjoyed again by nominators. ‘Staff were

  • La Villa, Calvi, Corsica

    ‘Extremely luxurious’, Jean-Pierre Pinelli’s hilltop hotel (Relais & Châteaux) stands in lovely grounds above this fortified harbour town (its 15th-century citadel, built

  • Le Vieux Castillon , Castillon-du-Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

    In a medieval village between Avignon and Nîmes, this group of ancient stone houses has been turned, ‘with charm and imagination’ into a luxurious hotel, now part of the small H8

  • Chateau de Bellecroix , Chagny, Burgundy

    Near Beaune, this former residence of the Knights of Malta, turreted and creeper-covered, dates in part from the 12th century, but the château itself is 19th-century. Owned and run by Delphine

  • Hotel Echo et Abbaye, La Chaise-Dieu, Auvergne

    In a picturesque village amid the ‘great countryside’ of the Massif Central, this ‘delightful small hotel’ stands on a quiet square behind a lovely abbey (fine Flemish

  • Auberge du Camp Romain, Chassey-le-Camp, Burgundy

    Between woodlands and vineyards on a Burgundy hillside, this holiday hotel stands on a minor road, below an old Neolithic settlement. Its leisure facilities include a ‘first-class outdoor

  • Le Grand Tetras, Font-Romeu, Pyrenees-Orientales

    Set just 200m from the cable car, M. and Mme Georges’s hotel is in the centre of a large Pyrenean ski resort in the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees Regional Nature Park, just 15 minutes from

  • Hotel Le Sherpa, Val Thorens, Savoie

    Set in the centre of Val Thorn, in the Trois Vallées ski area, this family-run ski-in/ski-out hotel has garnered much praise for both the warm interiors - typically wood-panelled and cozy - and

  • Hauterive Saint-James, Bordeaux, Gironde

    An unusual and stylish modern hotel (Relais & Châteaux) on a hillside in the south-eastern suburb of Bouliac. Inspired by tobacco dryers, it has been created around a 18th-century farmhouse.

  • Hotel Sainte-Foy, Conques, Midi-Pyrenees

    On a pilgrim route, this ‘magical village’, spectacularly situated on a wooded hillside above a gorge, is one of the most romantic in south-west France. Opposite its famous Romanesque

  • Hostellerie Bressane, Cuisery, Burgundy

    ‘Well located, a few miles away from the busy A6’, this restaurant-with-rooms (Logis de France) run by Cyrille Joubery and his wife, is recommended by a visitor for ‘peaceful nights

  • Chateau de l'Yeuse, Chateaubernard, Charente

    With unspoilt views over the Charente from its dining terrace, this 19th-century gentilhommière stands among oak trees (yeuses). It has a ‘romantic atmosphere’, say fans, despite a

  • Chateau d'Audrieu, Audrieu, Normandy

    ‘A truly delightful place. The garden and park provide pleasure from every point,’ says a visitor: in 1976, this 18th-century château, a historic monument in a large park near

  • Le Parc des Merechaux, Auxerre, Burgundy

    In a pretty riverside town in northern Burgundy, Pascal and Marie-Jeanne Leclerc run a stylish B&B hotel in a white 1850s mansion. The bedrooms are each named after a French marshal and those

  • Hotel Le Cep & Spa Marie Bourgogne, Beaune, Burgundy

    The most famous hotel in Burgundy’s wine capital continues to win praise from Guide readers: ‘Nice, characterful, comfy’, ‘we always find it excellent’, say visitors.

  • La Chaine d'Or, Les Andelys, Normandy

    ‘Still the best and still our favourite,’ says one of the many fans of this restaurant-with-rooms, now owned by Stephanie and Olivier Bicot. Originally an 18th-century coaching inn, it

  • La Bastide Cabezac, Bize-Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon

    ‘A gem’: opened in 2001, this renovated 18th-century post house stands amid Minervois vineyards. ‘Reasonably priced, stylish, very French’, it has ‘charming hosts’,

  • Hostellerie Saint-Louis, Bollezeele, Nord Pas de Calais

    The ‘very good food’ and ‘warm welcome’ continue to impress visitors to this ‘Flemish country inn’ (Logis de France), where Philippe and Bea Dubreucq have presided

  • Grand Hotel Terminus, Cahors, Midi-Pyrenees

    Cahors, in a famous wine region, has some characterless modern buildings but also some interesting old ones, eg, the fortified 14th-century Pont Valentré over the Lot. Opposite the station,

  • Hostellerie des Clos, Chablis, Burgundy

    ‘If wine touring takes you to Chablis, this should be your hotel of choice,’ says a travel expert of chef/patron Michel Vignaud and his daughter Noemi’s converted almshouse (Logis de

  • Hotel d'Angleterre, Chalons en Champagne, Champagne

    ‘A super place. Dining here is to be savoured: food, setting, service all extremely satisfying.’ ‘Even better this time.’ Praise from returning visitors for owner/chef Jacky

  • Hotel Radio, Chamalieres, Auvergne

    Built in 1930 as a radio station, this homage to Art Deco sits on a hillside in this residential suburb of Clermont-Ferrand. Run by Caroline Mioche and Wilfred Chaplain, the staff are found

  • Hostellerie Du Chateau, Chateauneuf, Burgundy

    This old hostelry (Logis de France), in a ramparted medieval hamlet on a hilltop west of Dijon, is ‘a most attractive location; fine views over countryside’. Though modernised, it is

  • La Lozerette, Cocures, Languedoc-Roussillon

    Found ‘outstanding’ by a regular correspondent, this auberge, in a medieval village high in the Cévennes, is run with brio by Pierrette Agulhon, the ‘hands-on’

  • Le Colombier, Colmar, Alsace

    Run by Anne-Sophie Heitzler with a ‘helpful staff’, this modern hotel is a conversion of three half-timbered Renaissance buildings in Colmar’s beautiful Petite Venise area. It has a

  • La Maison des Tetes, Colmar, Alsace

    In the old town, between the Dominican church and the Unterlinden museum, this ornate mansion (1609), newly owned by Marilyn and Eric Girardin, is decorated with 100 sculpted têtes (heads). A

  • Hostellerie du Royal Lieu, Compiegne, Picardy

    On the edge of this historic town stands new owner Justin Giustianini's substantial half-timbered inn. It is on a dull main road, but bedrooms (in Louis XVI to Louis-Philippe style) face a quiet rear

  • Le Moulin de Connelles, Connelles, Normandy

    ‘A peaceful spot, stunningly beautiful,’ say visitors to the Petiteau family’s 20th-century ‘Anglo-Norman’ half-timbered mill house. With towers and turrets, it straddles

  • Chateau de Courcelles, Courcelles-sur-Vesles, Picardy

    In a ‘lovely, tranquil’ setting, this stately, white-fronted 17th-century demeure (Relais & Châteaux) stands in a jardin à la française in its own park, between

  • Ferme de la Ranconniere, Crepon, Normandy

    ‘We thought it excellent value, and a very French experience, so close to the UK,’ says a report. Near Bayeux and Arromanches, this Logis de France is a ‘large and sprawling’

  • Hotel-Restaurant Les Tourelles, Le Crotoy, Picardy

    This fin-de-siècle villa is a former home of the parfumier Pierre Guerlain. ‘Winningly eccentric’, it has a ‘pieds-dans-l’eau position’ on the north side of the

  • Chateau de Curzay, Curzay-sur-Vonne, Poitou-Charentes

    On the banks of the River Vonne is Eric Cachart and Brigitte de Gastines' 18th-century château (Relais & Châteaux), set in a 120-hectare park with a swimming pool. Visitors reported

  • Les Pres d'Eugenie, Eugenie-Les-Bains, Aquitaine

    In this spa town north of Pau, Michel and Christine Guérard’s ‘exquisite, tiny village’ stands in a park full of flowers and statues. They run it with their daughters and

  • Auberge du Fel, Le Fel, Midi-Pyrenees

    This ‘immaculate, tiny village, like a film set’ stands high on an escarpment above the valleys of the Lot and the Truyère, north of Rodez. It has a 360-degree panorama, and its

  • Auberge de l'Aspre, Fontanges, Auvergne

    In a ‘delightful position’ on the edge of a tiny, historical village in the valley of the Aspre near Salers in the Cantal, this simple auberge is efficiently run by its owners, Brigitte

  • A L'Oree du Bois, Futeau, Lorraine

    On a hillside in the Argonne forest (deer are sometimes seen), owner/chef Paul Aguesse and his wife, Roselyne, ‘an excellent hostess’, run this smart restaurant-with-rooms. ‘We sat

  • Hostellerie des Bas Rupts et Chalet Fleuri, Gerardmer, Alsace-Lorraine

    Owner/chef Michel Philippe has long had a Michelin star for his cooking which ‘combines terroir and inventiveness’. His Relais & Chateaux property stands amid pine woods and hilly

  • Chateau de Rigny, Rigny, Franche-Comte

    Run by its owners, Brigitte and Jacques Maupin, this 17th-century château stands by the upper Saône, in a village outside Gray. ‘The approach is unpromising,’ says a visitor

  • Auberge de l'Abbaye, Hambye, Normandy

    Near the superb ruins of a Gothic abbey, in a lovely valley south-east of Coutances, this grey stone restaurant-with-rooms (Logis de France) is always admired: ‘Welcoming, efficient, very

  • Auberge de l'Arbousier, Homps, Aude

    The curious name of this Minervois wine village, between Narbonne and Carcassonne, comes from a Gallo-Roman villa called Ulmos (elms). Just outside it, reached by a towpath under plane trees, is this

  • L'Absinthe Hotel, Honfleur, Normandy

    This sympathetically converted 16th-century presbytery ‘felt more like a home than a hotel’ to visitors. Central, but ‘with no extraneous noise at night’, it combines

  • Hotel l'Ecrin, Honfleur, Normandy

    ‘Honfleur is a delight in its shabby but beautiful way, and L’Écrin fits in well,’ says a visitor to this 18th-century manor house. It stands up a hill, in a garden dotted

  • Hotel Husseren-les-Chateaux, Husseren-les-Chateaux, Alsace

    In the foothills of the Vosges mountains, overlooking the highest village on the Alsatian wine trail, is this large, modern, Scandinavian-style hotel. Public rooms are light, and the ‘very

  • Chateau d'Ige, Ige, Burgundy

    ‘A delightful hotel in an exquisite building,’ says a visitor. ‘With its thick, honey-coloured stone walls, it looks every inch a medieval manor house,’ says our inspector. Now

  • Hotel des Berges, Illhaeusern, Alsace

    ‘Guests enjoy really personal service’ at this small hotel run by Marco Baumann and his wife, Danielle Haeberlin. Designed to accommodate guests of the Haeberlin family’s renowned

  • Auberge d'Inxent, Inxent, Pas-de-Calais

    Jean-Marc Six was a sommelier in Lille when he won a million francs in a bottle-top collecting competition sponsored by Perrier. He bought this auberge in a village (famous for its ancient churches)

  • Hotel Arnold, Itterswiller, Alsace

    ‘Still one of our favourites.’ Set among vineyards near this old village, the Arnold family’s hotel (Logis de France) is typically Alsacien, with its yellow-painted half-timbered

  • La Cote Saint-Jacques, Joigny, Burgundy

    ‘It keeps on improving’ according to a visitor returning to the Larain family’s glamorous hotel (Relais & Châteaux), on the banks of the Yonne. ‘Difficult to

  • Chez La Rose, Julienas, Rhone-Alpes

    ‘The food is excellent,’ say visitors. In a wine village in the Beaujolais, this restaurant-with-rooms (Logis de France) is run by Bertrand Alizer and his partner Kesaram Choudhary.

  • Le Pont de l'Ouysse, Lacave, Midi-Pyrenees

    On the site of a former farm, the Chambon family’s famous restaurant-with-rooms started life as a hotel/café in 1886 when a stone bridge was built over the River Ouysse. The bridge is no

  • Le Cheval Blanc, Langres, Champagne-Ardenne

    Spectacularly situated above the Marne, this hilltop town north of Dijon has ancient ramparts, gateways, a 13th-century cathedral, and a statue of Diderot (he was born here) surrounded by volumes of

  • L'Auberge de l'Atre, Quarre-les-Tombes, Burgundy

    In a village amid the ‘wonderful scenery’ of the Morvan national park, this is a restaurant-with-rooms for mushroom enthusiasts. The owners, chef/patron Francis Salamolard and his wife,

  • Relais Saint Vincent, Ligny-le-Chatel, Burgundy

    Found ‘very good value’ by visitors, this 17th-century half-timbered former bailiff’s house of ‘old-world charm’ (Logis de France) stands on a quiet street in a village

  • Hotel de la Paix, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais

    Set in a 200-year-old building in the pedestrianized centre of Lille (a ten minute walk from the Gare de Europe), Hotel de la Paix is a ‘friendly, efficient no-frills’ B&B hotel with

  • La Commanderie, Loisin-Sur-Crequoise, Pas-de-Calais

    In a rural setting, just outside a small village between Montreuil-sur-Mer and Hesdin, Marie-Hélène Flament runs this ‘superb’ chambres d’hôtes. ‘She is a

  • Chateau d'Adomenil, Luneville, Lorraine

    This Lorraine town has a ‘mini-Versailles’ of a château, worth visiting. And in a wooded park to the south, this handsome, turreted 19th-century mansion is now a luxurious hotel

  • Les Orangeries, Lussac-Les-Chateaux, Poitou-Charentes

    ‘A place to unwind and experience a little of the magic France still offers,’ says a visitor. Jean-Philippe Gautier, an architect, and his wife, Olivia, have restored their manor house, in

  • Auberge du Vieux Puits, Fontjoncouse, Aude

    Michelin awards three stars to the brilliant cooking of the ‘warmly welcoming’ owner/chef Gilles Goujon in the stylish restaurant-with-rooms which he runs with his wife,

  • Chateau des Comtes de Challes, Challes-les-Eaux, Rhone-Alpes

    ‘Delightfully located’, outside Challes thermal station, is this superb 15th-century castle, renovated by the Trèves family owners. It's set in 6 hectares of wooded grounds, and

  • Relais des Trois Chateaux, Cour-Cheverny, Loire Valley

    Set 800m from Château de Cheverny, and on the village square, this old inn has been owned by the Bricault family since 1865 and is now a member of the Chateau and Hotels Collection. A visitor

  • Chateau de la Caze, Sainte-Enimie, Languedoc-Roussillon

    ‘An excellent centre for touring one of the most spectacular areas of France.’ In a large park, beneath the cliffs of the mighty gorge of the Tarn (a ‘fantastic landscape’),

  • Hotel Restaurant Le Cerf, Marlenheim, Alsace

    ‘We very much enjoyed our stay,’ say visitors to this half-timbered post house in a small town at the end of the Route des Vins west of Strasbourg. Owner/chef Michel Husser and his

  • Grand Hotel de la Poste, Massiac, Auvergne

    In a small, pretty town in the Auvergne is this hotel, in a well-maintained, imposing building reminiscent of old world, rural France. Visitors reported good food at great value: 'There's a large

  • Hotel Le Guilhem, Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon

    Montpellier has some grandiose modern architecture but is full of historical interest too, and has a charming Vieille Ville, well restored. Here, down a narrow street, this group of fine

  • La Grenouillere, Montreuil-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais

    ‘Idyllically’ set on the little River Canche, below the citadel, this restaurant-with-rooms is run by Alexandre Gauthier, who took over from his father Roland in 2003. The food draws

  • Castel de Tres Girard, Morey-St-Denis, Burgundy

    Quietly set amid noble Burgundy vineyards, about 10 km from Dijon, is this handsome 18th-century manor house in a former wine press. The rooms are spacious, with views of vineyards; they feature old

  • Hotel Restaurant La Cascade, Mouthier-Haute-Pierre, Jura

    This traditional country inn (Logis de France) is set on a rocky outcrop in a beautiful part of the Jura. It's run by Nelly Euvrard-Geissler, who is also the chef. A visitor found the hotel

  • L'Oustal del Barry, Najac, Midi-Pyrenees

    In a remote spot above the Aveyron gorges, this well-preserved bastide village (population 250) was founded in the 13th century below a hilltop fortress, now a ruin. In the square is this

  • Grand Hotel de la Reine, Nancy, Alsace-Lorraine

    This 18th-century palace is where Marie-Antoinette stayed on her way to meet her husband-to-be, Louis XVI and is now a hotel, ‘in the best discreet French tradition’. The decor is in Louis

  • Hostellerie de Cheval Noir, Moret-Sur-Loing, Ile de France

    Just west of the western gate of the ‘amazingly picturesque’, tiny home town of Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, is this former 18th-century relais de poste, now Gilles de

  • Hostellerie du Château de Neuville-St-Amand, Neuville-St-Amand, Picardy

    In the village of Neuville-St-Amand in Picardy is Claude and Sébastien Meiresonne’s 1900s handsome white manor house (Logis de France), owned by their family since 1970 and set in three

  • Le Grimaldi, Nice, Cote d'Azur

    On a street near the old town and the seafront is this much-admired B&B in two belle époque houses. Visitors find it ‘comfortable, quiet’, ‘high quality, with interesting

  • La Chapelle Saint-Martin, Nieul-Pres-Limoges, Limousin

    North-west of Limoges, this gentilhommière (Relais & Châteaux) stands in a large park on the edge of a wood. The old grey house is ‘not impressive from the road’, but its

  • Auberge des Montagnes, Pailherols, Auvergne

    Returning visitors to the Combourieu family’s converted farmhouse (Logis de France) again found it ‘outstanding’. ‘Surprisingly sophisticated’ yet inexpensive, it is on

  • Chateau Cordeillan-Bages, Pauillac, Aquitaine

    A 17th-century Carthusian monastery is now this ‘serious hotel with a formal atmosphere’ (Relais & Châteaux). It stands amid famous vineyards in the Médoc, a boring

  • Manoir du Sphinx, Perros-Guirec, Brittany

    Built as a private villa in the early 20th century and ‘tastefully extended’ in the 1960s, this hotel on the north Brittany coast ‘stands dramatically above pink granite rocks that

  • Auberge d'Imsthal, La Petite-Pierre, Alsace

    This ‘delightful’ little hotel is in a valley just below this hilltop village amid the rolling forests of the North Vosges national park. ‘A total switch-off from humdrum

  • Les Fleurs, Pontaubert, Burgundy

    In a village in rolling Burgundy country between Avallon and Vézelay, Claire and Régis Tatraux’s small white-fronted restaurant-with-rooms (Logis de France) ‘offers good

  • Chateau de Germigney, Port-Lesney, Franche-Comte

    In a large park with statues, benches, and lily pond with fountain, this 18th-century manor house, former home of the Marquis de Germigney, is now a luxury hotel (Relais & Châteaux). Run by

  • Miramar Boutique Hotel, Propriano, Corsica

    In an area popular with tourists attracted by the fine beaches, this small luxury hotel stands high above the sea, in sumptuous gardens with superb views across the Gulf of Valinco. All bedrooms (some

  • Le Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy

    In the ‘charming, quiet setting’ of the tree-filled main square of this famous Burgundy wine village, this well-modernised old hostelry is owned by Thierry and Suzanne Gazagnes. The

  • Chateau Cap de Castel, Puylaurens, Midi-Pyrenees

    In the old centre of this former Cathar stronghold, this converted 13th-century château has ‘fabulous views’ over surrounding countryside and bedrooms in two 17th-century buildings.

  • L'Assiette Champenoise, Reims, Champagne

    Though not particularly attractive, apart from its splendid Gothic cathedral, Reims has some excellent restaurants and hotels, including this one, owned by the Lallement family. Set in large grounds,

  • La Maison Troisgros, Roanne, Rhone-Alpes

    For three generations, since 1968, the Troisgros family, pioneers of nouvelle cuisine, have won three Michelin stars at their famous restaurant, which stands opposite la gare of a provincial town. It

  • Au Moulin de la Gorce, La Roche-L'Abeille, Limousin

    ‘Our visit could not have been more enjoyable,’ says a regular Guide correspondent, returning to Pierre and Isabelle Bertranet’s 16th-century mill house, now an elegant small hotel.

  • Hostellerie du Moulin Fouret, St-Aubin Le Vertueux, Upper Normandy

    The hotel is set in a 16th-century mill straddling large stream in a quiet, picturesque valley between Rouen and Caen. There's a handsome dining room and a terrace for summer dining, and excellent

  • Au Logis des Remparts, St-Emilion, Gironde

    In this famous medieval wine town, surrounded by vineyards, is this popular B&B hotel. ‘Staff were helpful, breakfast was good,’ is one visitor comment. Earlier guests wrote of the

  • Hostellerie de la Riviere, St-Etienne-Au-Mont, Pas-de-Calais

    In an unexceptional southern suburb of Boulogne-sur-Mer, this smart and ‘hospitable’ restaurant-with-rooms stands by the little River Liane. Owner/chef Dominique Martin presides: Gault

  • Castel Hotel 1904, St-Gervais-d'Auvergne, Auvergne

    This 17th-century demeure was turned into a hotel (now Logis de France) by the Mouty family in 1904. ‘In many ways it seems not to have changed since then,’ writes the nominator. ‘It

  • Hotel Eychenne, St-Girons, Midi-Pyrenees

    For one family, this hotel/restaurant was ‘the highlight of our holiday: the accommodation was excellent, the wine list better, the food better still’. ‘Efficiently run’ was

  • Le Vieux Chalet, La Clusaz, Rhone-Alpes

    Set in a farmhouse dating from 1789 in the ski resort of La Clusaz, Le Vieux Chalet is 'a very small but perfectly located and charmingly decorated hotel', according to recent visitors. It's open for

  • Hostellerie Munsch aux Ducs de Lorraine, St-Hippolyte, Alsace

    In a quiet, attractive village on the Route du Vin north of Colmar, this vine-clad Relais du Silence, run by the Munsch-Meyer family, was liked by readers. Typically Alsatian, the building has

  • Auberge a la Bonne Idee, St-Jean-aux-Bois, Picardy

    In a picturesque village in the forest of Compiègne, Yves Giustiniani’s restaurant-with-rooms was liked by visitors: ‘A lovely suite with large bedroom, very nice bath and shower,

  • Hotel du Midi-Papillon, St-Jean-du-Bruel, Midi-Pyrenees

    For over 150 years, five generations of Papillons have owned and run this former relais de poste. It stands by a humpbacked medieval bridge in an old village on the River Dourbie, in the western

  • Le Logis St Martin, St Maixent-L'Ecole, Poitou-Charentes

    The town may be ‘ordinary’, but this hotel on the outskirts is ‘very attractive’, says a visitor. It stands quietly across a road from parkland along the banks of the small

  • Manoir de Ponsay, Chantonnay, Vendee

    ‘A haven of rural peace and quiet’, this 15th-century red brick château has been owned by the de Ponsay family since 1644 and is currently run by Aurelia and Laurent Ponsay; the

  • Chateau de Saint Paterne, St Paterne, Normandy

    ‘A wonderful antidote to faceless mid-Atlantic hotels’, this beautiful Renaissance château stands in its own lovely park on the eastern edge of Alençon. ‘What it lacks

  • Chateau de Barive, Ste-Preuve, Picardy

    Behind imposing wrought iron gates, and fronted by a courtyard with a central fountain and lawns, this big, honey-coloured, former 18th-century hunting lodge was liked again by visitors. ‘Very

  • Relais du Bois Saint-Georges, Saintes, Charente-Maritime

    Created from an old farm, this unusual hotel is run with brio by its owner, Jérôme Emery. Spacious grounds with mature trees and hedges protect it from the ‘industrial

  • Le Mas de la Fouque, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Provence

    'An idyllic luxury hotel in the Camargue’, this neat whitewashed mas is isolated by a lagoon just north of the Camargue’s little seaside capital. All around are sea, beaches and much

  • Hotel La Hoirie, Sarlat-La-Caneda, Dordogne

    This ‘most attractive building’ is in a quiet residential area just outside Sarlat: ‘a peaceful and beautiful setting’. It is a part 13th-century hunting lodge, ‘truly

  • La Terrasse, Saugues, Auvergne

    A former maison de notaire, this inexpensive Logis de France is in a small town, surrounded by mountain pastures, on the pilgrims’ route to Santiago de Compostela. The two Fargier brothers

  • Le Relais Bernard Loiseau, Saulieu, Burgundy

    ‘A splendid place, tasteful, comfortable, with exquisite food,’ wrote regular correspondents about this famous Burgundian restaurant-with-rooms (Relais & Châteaux). The elegantly

  • Hotel Anne d'Anjou, Saumur, Pays-de-la-Loire

    Beneath the white and turreted château built by Louis X, home of the French Cavalry Academy since 1763, is Jean-René and Mary Lyn Camus’s stylish hotel, an 18th-century listed

  • La Lucarne aux Chouettes, Villeneuve-Sur-Yonne, Burgundy

    A ‘delightful’ small auberge, stylish, but not posh, created by the actress Leslie Caron from four 17th-century boat houses on the Yonne, and now owned by Jerome Fertal. ‘The

  • Hostellerie La Briqueterie, Vinay, Champagne

    In Champagne country, near Épernay, this luxurious hotel, surrounded by a lovely landscaped garden and vineyards, is ‘highly recommended’ by guests; it has recently been

  • Georges Blanc, Vonnas, Rhone-Alpes

    ‘Worth going to France for,’ was one comment on Georges Blanc’s distinguished hotel/restaurant (Relais & Chateaux) is in a village near Mâcon. The half-timbered auberge, in

  • Auberge du Cheval Blanc, Westhalten, Alsace

    ‘What a good stop-over,’ say visitors. ‘Super dinner, comfy room, lovely village.’ Owned since 1785 by the wine-producing Koehler family (‘much in evidence’), this

  • La Ferme du Vert, Wierre-Effroy, Pas-de-Calais

    Much loved by Guide readers, the Bernard family’s farm guest house (Logis de France) has a pleasant rural setting near Boulogne and Calais. ‘The accommodation and cooking continue to

  • Hotel Atlantic, Wimereux, Pas-de-Calais

    In this small seaside resort, close to busy Boulogne, father-and-son Alain and Benjamin Delpierre’s ‘excellent’ Art Deco-fronted hotel stands on the pedestrianised promenade on to

  • Hotel Restaurant du Port Yvoire, Yvoire, Rhone-Alpes

    On the shore of Lake Geneva, in a ‘delightful’ medieval village, Jeannine and Jean-François Kung’s chalet-style restaurant-with-rooms, with its flowery facade, was thought

  • Hostellerie des 7 Molles, Sauveterre-de-Comminges, Midi-Pyrenees

    Amid the ‘fabulous scenery’ of the Pyrenean foothills, the Ferran family’s hotel is named after the seven watermills (molles = moulins) which once stood nearby. Their millstones are

  • Hotel Cathedrale, Strasbourg, Alsace

    In the historic centre, on the traffic-free square in front of the cathedral, this ‘tastefully decorated’ hotel offers ‘good value’, say Guide readers. Many of the

  • Hotel du Dragon, Strasbourg, Alsace

    ‘Pleasant, very convenient.’ ‘A gem! Peaceful, comfortable, relaxing.’ The reports on this B&B hotel in a quiet cul-de-sac in the old centre of this busy city. A

  • Hotel Beau Site, Talloires, Rhone-Alpes

    The lawns of this hotel (with loungers and plenty of space for sunbathing) run down to a private beach on the shore of Lake Annecy. Owned by Corinne and François Debuquoy, it was

  • Hotel Restaurant Le Cottage, Talloires, Rhone-Alpes

    ‘Family-run and it shows,’ say visitors to this chalet-style building (‘like a 1930s English cottage with a touch of Gallic flair’). Everyone agrees that the owners, Christine

  • Auberge la Meuniere, Thannenkirch, Alsace

    With the impressive castle of Haut-Koenigsbourg on the horizon and visible from some bedrooms, this modernised, but traditionally styled Alsatian auberge (Logis de France) is run by owner/chef

  • Hotel Garonne, Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees

    A reader whose flight was cancelled due to a strike was consoled by the discovery of this small hotel in a quiet, narrow street in the old city. ‘What a haven: cool (air conditioned), chic

  • Hotel de Greuze, Tournus, Burgundy

    In the painter Jean-Baptiste Greuze’s birthplace, and overlooked by the bell tower of the Romanesque abbey of St-Philibert, is this Renaissance ‘Bressane’ building restored as an

  • Aux Terrasses, Tournus, Burgundy

    ‘One of our best hotel experiences in years,’ write visitors to this creeper-covered boutique hotel just south of this lovely medieval town. Others wrote: ‘A wonderful

  • Les Jardins du Lac, Trizay, Charente-Maritime

    Outside a village in the Saintonge, La Retha and Johann Suire (he is the chef) run their purpose-built restaurant-with-rooms (Relais du Silence) by a lake. Composed of two red-roofed single-storey

  • Le Champ des Oiseaux, Troyes, Champagne

    This B&B hotel, named after storks that once nested nearby, is in two 15th/16th-century oak-framed buildings in a cobbled street near the cathedral of this lovely medieval town. ‘Heaven on

  • La Maison des Chanoines, Turenne, Limousin

    This ‘jewel of a medieval village’ sits below a spectacular ruined Knights Templar castle on a huge rock, north of the Dordogne. The oldest building in its square is Chantal and Claude

  • Hotel Les Mesanges, Saint-Martin-d'Uriage, Rhone-Alpes

    Visitors found this white-walled, red-roofed hotel run by Agnes and Sylvain Lucas, ‘ideal’ for a walking holiday in the French Alps. A mésange is a tit, and ‘lots of

  • Hotel Les Bruyeres, Valleraugue, Languedoc-Roussillon

    At the confluence of the Hérault and Clarou rivers is this former coaching inn, now an informal Logis de France. It's set in an untouristy village in a narrow, steep-sided valley. Visitors

  • Hotel-Restaurant de la Terrasse, Varengeville-Sur-Mer, Upper Normandy

    A short drive west of Dieppe, this village has ‘solid, would-be bourgeois châteaux and one of France’s best gardens’ (the Parc Floral des Moutiers, partly designed by Lutyens).

  • Auberge de la Riviere, Velluire, Upper Normandy

    ‘A blissfully quiet retreat’, ‘an idyllic spot’, this rustic restaurant-with-rooms is on the north-west edge of the Marais Poitevin (Venise Verte). It stands on the banks of a

  • Au Retour de la Chasse, Villard-St-Sauveur, Jura

    ‘A reminder that France can do good food without pretension or fuss, at a good price’: this hotel is part of a cluster of steep-roofed houses on the eastern side of the valley of the

  • Manoir de l'Acherie, Sainte-Cecile, Normandy

    Set amid quiet Normandy farmland northeast of Avranches is M. and Mme Bernard Cahu’s restaurant-with-rooms (Logis de France, Michelin Bib Gourmand). The rooms are set in the main building, a

  • Hotel Saint Antoine, Albi, Midi-Pyrenees

    Run by the Rieux family for five generations, this hotel (opened in 1734 on the site of an 11th-century monastery) is one of the oldest in France. ‘Quiet, despite its central location’ (in

  • Hotel Du Cloitre, Arles, Provence

    In the historical centre of Arles, near the Roman theatre and the cloister of the Église Ste-Trophime, is this ‘excellent’ B&B hotel, ‘not luxurious but full of character,

  • Hotel de l'Avenue, Annot, Provence

    An unassuming hotel/restaurant, on a quiet, shady avenue in this charming little town, south of the mighty Gorges du Verdon. It offers ‘marvellous value’, say admirers. ‘Our bedroom

  • Hotel Stella Mare, Algajola, Corsica

    ‘Modest, but extremely good value for money’, this coastal hotel was liked by a repeat visitor. Fifteen minutes’ drive from Calvi, it stands, backed by mountains, above a

  • Chateau de Gilly, Gilly-les-Citeaux, Burgundy

    In a hamlet midway between Dijon and Beaune, this magnificent 14th/16th-century Cistercian abbey is now a luxury hotel. ‘Truly excellent; we had a very comfortable room,’ says a regular

  • Auberge de la Madone, Peillon, Alpes-Maritimes

    ‘Between sea and sky’ in the hills behind Nice, this well-known village perché is up a winding road, on a rocky spur. At its gates, the Millo family’s ‘rather

  • Le Manoir de l'Etang, Mougins, Cote d'Azur

    Set in an ivy-clad, 19th-century manor house in the hills of Mougins, this stylish hotel offers tranquillity in easy access of the Cote d'Azur (Cannes is 7 km away). It has been run very efficiently

  • Michel Chabran, Pont de l'Isere, Rhone-Alpes

    ‘In a nondescript little town’, near picturesque Valence, ‘Michel Chabran’s hotel/restaurant is impossible to miss,’ says a visitor. At the foot of the famous vineyards

  • Maison Pic, Valence, Rhone-Alpes

    In a shady garden on the edge of this Rhône valley town, this famous restaurant-with-rooms (Relais & Châteaux) was founded by Sophie Pic almost a century ago. Now, her