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Hotel de Varenne

Hotel de Varenne

Paris

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

Les Florets

Gigondas

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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Ti Al Lannec

Ti Al Lannec

Trebeurden

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).
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Hotel Spa Le Calendal

Hotel Spa Le Calendal

Arles

‘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.
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Domaine de la Tortiniere

Domaine de la Tortiniere

Veigné

 ‘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 lawns in a park.
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Auberge du Bon Laboureur

Auberge du Bon Laboureur

Chenonceaux

'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.
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Hostellerie le Beffroi

Hostellerie le Beffroi

Vaison-La-Romaine

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.
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Hotel Chopin

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 Italiens.
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Chateau de Saint Paterne

Chateau de Saint Paterne

St Paterne

"A wonderful antidote to faceless mid-Atlantic hotels", this beautiful Renaissance château stands in its own lovely park on the eastern edge of Alençon. 
From £145 per night
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L’Abbaye-Chateau de Camon

L’Abbaye-Chateau de Camon

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.
  • swimming
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • wifi
  • parking
  • swimming_pool
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Château de Villette

Château de Villette

Poil

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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    Le Manoir les Minimes

    Le Manoir les Minimes

    Amboise

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

    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,’ says a visitor.
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    Le Manoir Saint-Thomas

    Le Manoir Saint-Thomas

    Amboise

    A 12th-century turreted former priory has been sympathetically restored, and is now a B&B hotel located two minutes' walk from Amboise centre.
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    Chateau de Moulin-le-Comte

    Chateau de Moulin-le-Comte

    Aire-Sur-La-Lys

    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

    La Villa de Mazamet

    Mazamet

    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 Beau Site

    Hotel Beau Site

    Talloires

    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. 
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    Auberge du Cheval Blanc

    Auberge du Cheval Blanc

    Westhalten

    "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 cheerful restaurant-with-rooms stands in a "pretty, peaceful" village, amid the orchards and vineyards of the Vosges foothills.
    From £110 per night
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    Hotel Charembeau

    Hotel Charembeau

    Forcalquier

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

    Hotel Atlantic

    Wimereux

    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 which some of the sea-facing bedrooms lead. 
    From £147 per night

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