These are chateaux, hotels, relais, resorts, B&Bs and other 'accommodations' in France that I think are worth checking out.
Deux Abbesses, Les St Arcons d'Allier, Auvergne Luxury hotel (member of Relais & Chateaux) in a former rectory in the medieval village of with some stunning rooms, suites and cottages.
Hôtel Montespan Talleyrand Bourbon L' Archambault, Auvergne Comfortable grand hotel and spa near Moulins.
Hôtel Radio Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne Former radio station on the outskirts of Clermont-Ferrand built in art-deco style and now a family owned hotel.
Ange Sourient, L' Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, Burgundy A small and historic B&B in the medieval village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain (the setting for the film Chocolat)
Chez Camille Beaune, Burgundy Rather stylish 3-star hotel in Arnay Le-Duc near Beaune.
Hostellerie des Clos Chablis, Burgundy Elegant 18th town house in Chablis now a privately run 3-star hotel with 36 bedrooms and a Michelin starred restaurant.
Hostellerie du Château Châteauneuf Châteauneuf, Burgundy Historic hotel & restaurant next to the 12th century castle in Châteauneuf.
Hôtel le Cep Beaune, Burgundy Historic family-owned hotel in the heart of Beaune
Hôtel Le Clos Beaune, Burgundy Coverted 18th century farmhouse with elegant interiors.
Moulin des Templiers, Le Avallon, Burgundy Hotel with 14 rooms in a converted 15th century watermill on the banks of the river Cousin just outside Avallon.
Parc des Marecheaux Auxerre, Burgundy Elegant mansion in Auxerre with 25 rooms, gardens and a pool.
Au Char à Banc Nr St. Brieuc, Brittany starLovely farmhouse B&B close to the coast and with lots on site (the farm is 20 hectares and occupies the whole valley) to keep everyone engaged.
Grand Hotel des Bains Locquirec, Brittany An elegant family-run hotel specialising in relaxation & spa treatments, located on a small peninsula with stunning sea views.
Le Dor Meur du Val Charleville Mézières, Ardennes Quirky designer hotel with a style all of its own. (Take a look at their video. You'll see what I mean - ed)
Creyeurs, Les Reims, Champagne Sumptious (Relais & Chateau) 4-star chateau on the outskirts of Reims set in seven hectares of parkland and with a Michelin 2-star restaurant.
Maison de Rhodes, La Troyes, Champagne Historic timber-framed 4-star hotel in the medieval town of Troyes. Next door to Le Champ des Oiseaux (below) (I stayed here for several days in Jan 2004. Very comfortable & elegant. - Ed)
Champ des Oiseaux, Le Troyes, Champagne Historic 16th century B&B hotel in a cobbled street in Troyes. Located next door to Maison de Rhodes (above)
Hôtel de Vigniamont Languedoc Boutique hotel(Opened summer 04) in the medieval town of Pezenas where the A75 (the one with the new Millau Viaduct) ends. Owned and operated by English couple Robert & Tracy McVeigh this 17th century Hotel Particulier was once the private town residence of the Count de Vigniamont.
Hotel le Domaine aux Quat'Saisons Aude, Languedoc Small boutique 6-room hotel in a restored French country house (once the home of a wealthy local family) with 2 acre garden/vineyard and pool.
Vieille Fontaine, La Nr Nimes, Languedoc Small 8-room hotel with restaurant in a medieval hilltop village with glorious views over the Vallée de la Cèze.
Nord - Pas de Calais
Chateau de Montreuil Nord - Pas de Calais Luxury 4-star hotel and gastronomic restaurant near Le Touquet. Member of Relais & Chateaux group.
Beaucamp, Le Nord - Pas de Calais Five-roomed elegant chateau conveniently near Boulogne and Calais.
Maisons de Lea, Les Normandy Picturesque hotel in two coverted 16th century buildings in the centre of Honfleur.
Ferme de la Ranconniere Normandy Twenty-eight rooms and six apartments/suites in a historic (parts date back to 13th century) converted farm in the village of Crepon near Caen.
Paris - Ile de France
Hôtel Bourg Tibourg Paris Fashionable 30-room boutique hotel in the Marais district.
Hôtel Daniel Paris Stylish boutique city hotel with 26 rooms, located between the Champs-Elysées and the boutiques of Faubourg St Honoré.
Hôtel de Nesle Paris Eccentric (and not expensive) hotel in the heart of Paris with bizzare decorated interiors. Everyone raves about it!
Hôtel Tremoille Paris Chic luxury hotel in the heart of Paris.
InterContinental Paris Avenue Marceau Paris Very stylish 4-star luxury hotel in three heritage houses close to the Arc de Triomphe, opened Dec 2009.
Pavillion de la Reine Paris A special, and luxurious, home-from-home in the heart of Paris... only if your relationship with your bank manager is a cozy one.
Poitou Charentes
Château de Tennessus Parthenay, Deux-Sèvres Everyone's idea of exactly what a fourteenth-century castle - complete with moat, working drawbridge, arrow-slits and battlements - should look like! B&B accomodation or self-catering in the West Tower. Owned by an English family.
Logis du Paradis Criteuil la Magdeleine, Charentes B&B with five rooms in a renovated 18th former Cognac distillery run by husband & wife team, Sally and Nick Brimblecombe. Their specialities are gourmet breaks and classic cars, so you can hire a Mercedes Pagoda or Citroen 2CV to explore the nearby restaurants and vinyards.
L'Ocean Ile de Re, Poitou Charentes Small stylish 2-star hotel with a reotation for good cuisine
Moulin du Val de Seugne Jonzac, Charentes Maritime. Small 3-star hotel on a peaceful riverbank.
Provence-Cotes d'Azur
Bastide de Moutiers, La Moustiers Sainte-Marie Twelve-room hotel-restaurant in the foothills of the Alps. Gets rave reviews for accommodation and food.
Hotel Crillon le Brave Crillon le Brave Relaxed 32-room hotel in a hilltop village northeast of Avignon.
Hôtel La Résidence du Vieux-Port Marseille Cool waterside hotel with an eclectic mix of modern and retro 1950s styles right on the edge of the old port.
Corbusier, Le Marseille Modern hotel in Marseille's famous waterfront concrete urban housing scheme (Unité d'Habitation) designed and built in 1952 by the renowned architect, Le Corbusier. Decor, furniture, eeverything is as the great man designed it... so a trip back down memory lane for enthusiasts.
New Hôtel Bompard Marseille Modern 49-room 4-star hotel built around an elegant villa near the corniche and old port. 
Hôtel de L'Amphithéâtre Arles Stylish boutique hotel in a historic city centre building
Hôtel d'Arlatan Arles Medieval mansion house in the centre of Arles
Cavendish, Le Cannes, Cotes d'Azur Cannes's first boutique hotel offering guests a maison d'hôte atmosphere with 4-star hotel services. Home made jams and pastries for breakfast, free open bar each evening, lavender oil and Godiva chocolates on your pillow at night, Christine and Guy Welter, the owners will pamper you like friends at home.
Colombe d'Or, La Provence-Cotes d'Azur Famous hotel & restaurant in St Paul de Vence, Provence. Previously the haunt of famous artists (like Matisse, Miro & Picasso, some of whom left pieces of their work!), now the haunt of famous musicians and movie-stars.
Mas Candille, Le Provence-Cotes d'Azur Individual and elegant hotel in the hills overlooking Cannes. "Mas" means an old farmhouse.
Hi Nice Ultra-modernist hotel opened Sept 05.
Palais de la Méditerranée Nice Former grand art deco casino, newly re-built as a luxury 188-room hotel with sea views.
Beauvallon, Le St Tropez Grand hotel across the bay from St Tropez. An alternative to the chic but expensive hotels in the centre-ville.
Maison Blanche St Tropez Stylish boutique hotel in St Tropez (so... expensive, but nothing like as pricey as the most famous hotel in town, Byblos!)
Chateau Bagnols Lyon, Rhone Grand 5-star deluxe château-hotel located in the village of Bagnols, 15 miles north of Lyon in the Beaujolais area of south-east France.
Domaine du Moulin Ardeche Domaine du Moulin is a 15th-century fortified farmhouse in the Ardèche now converted into a number of apartments and rooms.
Santoline, La Ardeche Small hotel and restaurant in a 16th century fortified farmhouse.


  • Guides de Charme is an online accommodation directory listing (in Jul 05) over 1,200 'charming' places to stay in France.

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