Brittany is the wild, Celtic, northwestern part of France, known for its seafood and Breton-speaking natives. Normandy is the birthplace of William the Conqueror and home to cows, apple trees, green grass and Camembert.
Château de Saint Paterne
72610 Saint Paterne, Lower Normandy, France
This romantic French hotel sits in 25 acres of parkland and is located southwest of Paris, midway betweeen Normandy and the Loire Valley. Chef Charles-Henry de Valbray and his decorator wife have stylishly restored their family’s fifteenth century chateau. The guestrooms are a mixture of styles – some are traditional with antiques and others are strikingly modern.
The most elegant of cities and one of the most romantic places in the world.
Left Bank, Paris
The soul of Paris, intimate and vibrant. Includes Saint-Germain-des-Prés, home to Sorbonne students, artists and poets; birthplace of Existentialism. Picasso, Baudelaire, Hemingway, Musset, Sarte and de Beauvoir lived here.
33 rue Dauphine, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
Unusually spacious for a city mansion-hotel, this jewel has oak beamed ceilings and four tester beds.
Quirky boutique hotel located in a house built over four centuries ago and which is now a listed building. Couturier Christian Lacroix designed each room individually in his trademark use of rich colors and patterns. Some rooms have Notre Dame views.
The Rhone Valley, the city of Lyon and Beaujolais wine country. Vineyards, forests, green hills and golden stones.
Chateau de Bagnols
Lovingly and meticulously restored by its owners, Lord and LadyHamlyn, Chateau de Bagnols is a magnificent Grade l listed chateau dating back to the medieval period. Set amidst the Beaujolais vineyards and surrounded by a moat.
Rustic chic at its most extravagant, it is light and airy and its upper rooms have views over rooftops towards Les Alpilles. The dining room occupies the barrel vaulted cellar of an early-17th century olive mill mentioned by Daudet.
Originally a 14th century cardinal’s home, this pretty honey-colored stone building is located in the heart of Avignon. You can practically lean out your window and touch the medieval walls of the Palais des Papes.