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Le Moulin du Roc


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 spot’.

Hotel de Varenne


Close to the Invalides and the Rodin museum with its fascinating garden, this former hôtel particulier changed hands in 2002.

Le Valmarin


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

Les Florets


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.

Ti Al Lannec


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

Mas Djoliba


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'.

Hotel de la Poste et Champanne


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.
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  • swimming_pool
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking

Domaine de la Tortiniere


 ‘A lovely hotel’, enjoyed again in 2003. 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 lawns in a park.

Auberge du Bon Laboureur


'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.

Hostellerie le Beffroi


Yann and Christine Christiansen are the owner/managers (the family has presided for over 100 years) of a conversion of two 16th/17th-century houses.

Hotel de la Bretonnerie


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), they all retain period features, such as exposed wooden beams, fabric wallcoverings and/or four-poster beds.
From £139 per night

Grand Hotel Malher


‘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, are delightful’).

Hotel Windsor


This unusual hotel is located not far from the seafront, behind the mighty Hôtel Negresco. Visitors called it ‘a delight’. 

Hotel Chopin


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 Italiens.

Grand Hotel des Bains


‘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 ‘contemporary balnéaire’ style: polished floorboards, grey and honey panelled walls, wooden furniture, original wicker chairs, and colourful modern fabrics: ‘the apogee of casual chic’.

Le Fleuray Hotel & Restaurant Le Colonial


This 19th century manor house has been converted into a charming country hotel restaurant by its English owners, Hazel and Peter Newington.
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  • swimming_pool
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • disabled
  • wifi
  • parking

Hotel Charembeau


Tastefully converted by its owners Sandra and André Berger, this group of 18th-century stone farm buildings is now an inexpensive B&B hotel.

L’Abbaye-Chateau de Camon


‘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.
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  • swimming_pool
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking

Château de Villette


In the Morvan nature reserve in southern Burgundy, this 16th/18th-century château has been run for seven years
From £175 per night
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    Casa Pairal


    "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.
    From £95 per night

    Le Manoir les Minimes


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

    Hotel Verneuil


    ‘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,’ says a visitor.

    Residence du Vieux Port


    ‘Splendidly located’ on the quayside and facing south over the Vieux Port is this modern seven-storey B&B hotel.

    Chateau d’Etoges


    A "ravishing building", a 17th-century château, with pepperpot tower, moat with swans, "hens and cockerels strutting in the grounds.
    From £110 per night

    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 already put up a hand-picked list of what we consider to be some of the best hotels in Paris, and similar recommendations in Provence and Brittany, and more, will follow shortly.

    We hope readers will nominate their favourite hotels in France so that we can gradually build up the numbers again. That is the way the Good Hotel Guide began 33 years ago when Hilary Rubinstein, a literary agent, asked all his friends to nominate their favourite hotel.

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