A selection of our favourite bed and breakfast addresses.
They all have something extraordinary.
One of the best Bed & Breakfast in Limousin (France)
On the border between the Auvergne and the Périgord regions, the pretty village of Treignac overlooks the River Vézère. The village is surrounded by lovely countryside with forests, lakes and villages, ideal for walking and fishing.
This pretty manor house located in Britain near Lorient
This pretty manor house is surrounded by a large garden and is located on the outskirts of Lorient. It dates from the eighteenth century, when the town boomed with wealth from the French East India Company.
The départements that make up the Auvergne each offer different facets of the region. For example, the Allier département has hints of Burgundy in its architecture and landscapes, including this pretty manor house, set back from the road and submerged under greenery.
In Brittany, all close to Saint Malo and Mont-Saint- Michel
Le Jardin des Simples" is linked to Mont-Dol Castle via its gardens, which include an aromatic herb garden, a vegetable garden and a rose garden. There is also a small lake which, with the terrace and relaxation areas, makes a beautiful ensemble.
North-West Corsica, not far from Calvi and the Ile Rousse
La Balagne is a region of North-West Corsica, not far from Calvi and the Ile Rousse. It is a beautiful area, full of villages clinging to sea-facing hillsides with houses with ochre-rendered walls and orange-tiled roofs.
t the heart of the “Vallée Verte” in the Haute-Savoie
At the heart of the “Vallée Verte” in the Haute-Savoie, a 30-minute drive from Geneva, Sandrine and Gilles welcome you to their B&B in a seventeenth-century Savoyard farmhouse that has been comprehensively renovated, la ferme du Pré carré.
"The Greenery" (La Verdière) is a well-deserved name for this haven of peace and greenery a few kilometres from Lille! Luc and Caroline Delasalle have restored this beautiful family house and have given it a new lease of life by converting part of it into a B&B.
You will find''Le Domaine du Fresnoy'' on the edge of the road that leads from the village of Loison through the fields to a small wood. It is well-hidden amid the greenery and is a built of brick and tufa stone which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar! Some of the outbuildings have been converted into three superb guest bedrooms and a family suite.
If you are tempted by the château lifestyle then you will love the Château Taleaud! As you drive through the wrought-iron gates and along thebeautiful entrance drive, you are already experiencing a foretaste of what awaits, where your every whim will be satisfied. The château offer hotel-standard services while retaining personal touches, such as its warm welcome.
Falaën is one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in Wallonia" and is located in the pretty Molignée valley near Namur. The village is overlooked by a fortified farmhouse which is now a listed building, as is the former Sisters of Champion School, recently purchased by Mr & Mrs Clément and given a new lease of life and a head-to-toe restoration.
Cape Cod is a peninsula in Massachusetts, not far from Boston on the East coast of the USA. Designated a National Seashore in 1961 by President Kennedy, it is a protected area and includes superb beaches, dunes, bays and lagoons, where visitors can watch many species of birds, as well as seals, sharks and whales.
While you may pass the facade of this huge Art Nouveau house on one of Nancy's main boulevards without noticing it, the decoration of its interior and its garden with several small pavilions are well worth discovering. For Mrs Jung has finally given in to her passion: interior design!
The three local-stone farm buildings of Airbois farmhouse look out over exceptionally beautiful countryside and offer panoramic views of the upper Meuse valley. Set amid fields and woods, the house has been magnificently restored by Marie-Christine and Alain Crespeigne, two talented painters who specialise in hand-painted ceramic tiles.
Located in a mountain village, surrounded by forest and meadows,''La Forestièr'' is well-named. It is at the end of a small private road off the main road and enjoys superb views over the surrounding countryside. It was built a few years ago in contemporary style in stone and wood.
From "La Terrasse de Lautrec" there are splendid views of the surrounding hills and countryside. The French-style gardens and the old pond behind the house were built on the former town ramparts. More recently, a delightful swimming pool has been discreetly added.
Although less well-known as a holiday destination than Brittany, the Vendée has just as many attractions! Its mild and sunny climate, its fine-sand beaches, its famous islands... Near the coast and the resort of Les Sables d'Olonne, the Château de la Marronière is an oasis of greenery, calm and good taste.
La Balagne is a region of North-West Corsica, not far from Calvi and the Ile Rousse. It is a beautiful area, full of villages clinging to sea-facing hillsides with houses with ochre-rendered walls and orange-tiled roofs. One such village is Pigna, where cars are banned, making it an oasis of calm, filled with music.
The Villa de Mazamet does not go unnoticed! This beautiful 1930s house is surrounded by a garden with touches of the Italian Renaissance: harmonious proportions, symmetry and a loggia. It looks out onto the Black Mountain, on the other side of which is Languedoc-Rousillon, Carcassonne and the Mediterranean Sea.
Here in the depths of the Limberg countryside is a B&B with a decidedly French atmosphere, offering relaxation, wine-tasting and gastronomic food. The B&B's lounge bar is stocked with plenty of interesting wines. It is a large, yet cosy room, with a relaxation area, breakfast and dining area, bar and French windows opening onto the garden.
This beautiful, traditional Norman-style villa is set in the midst of a large wooded garden, and has been converted into a cinema-themed guest house, located not far from the home of Maurice Leblanc, creater of the fictional detective Arsène Lupin.
The Guillard Mill is buried in vegetation and comes into sight after leaving the river behind. It is a pretty building built of stone and timber, consisting of a main building and outbuildings laid out around a pretty courtyard garden. Opposite the main building is a pretty half-timbered house which is very cosy and can sleep a family in its three bedrooms.
This B&B is located at the heart of the Bresse district or Burgundy, beautiful countryside famous for its poultry, vegetables and other produce, which can be purchased at the famous weekly market in nearby Louhans. Your host Marie-Eugénie goes there to buy the ingredients for her delicious meals, which she enjoys preparing for her guests.
Overlooking the coast, Coutainville manor house is typical of the fortified houses found on the Cotentin peninsula. The surrounding walls protect the manor house and its gardens from the wind, the gaze of passers-by and intruders! Access is via a large gateway which opens onto a courtyard garden surrounded by several buildings which house the guest bedrooms.
This townhouse was built in 1585 and is located at the heart of the historic centre of Amsterdam on the Singel canal near the flower market. The house has retained many original fratures, including a spiral staircase and exposed ceiling beams.
This B&B is located at the heart of the vineyards that produce "Premier Cru" Sauternes wine, the most famous of which is Château Yquem. The buildings were used to house grape-pickers and other vineyard workers before being converted to a B&B, in a project run by Jean-Claude Belanger, who hails from Bordeaux.
Dirk and Hilde moved to Bruges after discovering this superb eighteenth-century former family house in the city centre. They were seduced by its beautiful rooms, its stucco ceilings, its marble fireplaces and its garden surrounded by high walls. After two years' work, they have restored this beautiful house's original soul, with hints of their favourite Swedish Gustavian style.
Not far from the Deûle canal and Old Lille, on the corner of two streets, the “Maison Carrée” does not pass unnoticed. It is built in the typical 1920s style with decorative brick friezes, a tall, steeply-pitched roof and a walled garden with a terrace and a swimming pool.
The hamlet of La Font d'Eygliers enjoys superb views of the mountains. Tom and Wim welcome their guests to their B&B in a sixteenth-century former priory, which looks like a mountain chalet. After the priors moved out, the building was used to store wine and was then completely renovated by its previous owners.
The Hotel des Bains has plenty of trump-cards up its sleeve, not least its perfect situation on the edge of the Hautes Fagnes plateau next to the Robertville lake. This long-established and well-known hotel has been taken over by a young couple who have worked in the hotel and tourism industries elsewhere.
This beautiful house located in the centre of Bruges, very close to the canals, was once an artist's home. Indeed, some of Pavel's paintings still hang on the walls here, today joined by some of Martine Bossuyt's terracotta sculptures.
The pretty medieval town of Bellême, perched on a hilltop, is full of character. It is well-preserved and among its beautiful houses is the Hôtel de Suhard, a sixteenth-century townhouse that has been changed by its many inhabitants through the ages. Today the B&B’s bedrooms and suites are named after some of the families who lived here.
The fifteenth-century manor house, farmhouse and grounds, surrounded by forest, have had new life breathed into them thanks to the passionate determination of Luc and Caroline Fontaine. Opposite the owners’ house on the other side of a large courtyard lawn, some self-contained guest accommodation, two gites and a suite, has been created in some outbuildings.
The green mountainous countryside of the Drôme in Provence is certainly charming, with its hilltop villages, its traditional fermhouses buried in vegetation and its ever-present old wash-houses and fountains. The old wash-house in Lauzon gave its name to this very pretty B&B that has been recently renovated with great good taste and sophistication.
This is a very beautiful place to stay in Paris, at the heart of the 9th arrondissement, near the Gare du Nord, the Gare de l’Est, the Butte Montmartre, the Sacré-Cœur church, the department stores, the opera house, the Palais Royal and the Louvre. Your host will be happy to tell you about the famous arcades leading to the Palais Royal.
Once across the bridge over the river, you find yourself in the depths of the countryside. Surrounded by stone walls, the “Ferme des Isles” is hidden away from prying eyes and has a lower courtyard filled with flowers that run on into the meadows. In the distance, sheep, goats, donkeys, hens and ducks wander around freely.
On the edge of the Hautes Fagnes-Eifel National Park
Perfectly situated on the edge of the Hautes Fagnes-Eifel National Park, this is an ideal place to stay for nature-lovers and walkers. The building is a former farmhouse built of solid stone, in traditional local style. It is in the hamlet of Herbiester, near the village of Jalhay, a stone’s throw from the high plateau.
Lozer Castle has belonged to the della Faille family for ten generations and is surrounded by a beautiful deer park with lakes and grazing poneys. The castle's owners have converted part of the outbuildings into a luxurious B&B and an elegant gîte.
Villa Christilla is a beautiful house located 300m from the beach at St Lunaire on the Emerald Coast. The house forms part of the village's history as it was the home of a long-distance sea captain who often sailed around Cape Horn. Today it is a listed building, as are many late nineteenth-century villas in St Lunaire, St Briac and Dinard.
Clinging onto a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Eischel and the Seven Castles Valley, this ancient fortress has an exceptional location! To get to it, you have to drive up the high road, go through the gates of the 500-hectare park and then drive through fields and woods for about 2km.
This imposing restored farmhouse is set amid the fields that run down to the Wadden seaside. The former stable has been converted into a beautiful reception area with a long pine table strewn with magazines. The visitors' book awaits your entry on an old school desk.
Le Val de Brangon near the gulf of Morbihan (Brittany)
Set amid the green countryside near the gulf of Morbihan, this pretty local-stone house has been converted into a superb B&B. From the entrance with its "jumble sale" corner, guests enter a universe where the many ornaments collected by the owners create a unique atmosphere.
In the midst of the hilly fields of the Basque country
Located in the midst of the hilly fields of the Basque country, Elhorga Farmhouse is a charming B&B situated 7km from the delightful seaside resort of St Jean-de-Luz, and close to the most beautiful Basque villages, Biarritz, Bayonne and Spain.
'La Bergerie' en 'la Grange' liggen op een uitgestrekt landgoed hartje 'Pays des Bastides', de streek van de vestingstadjes. Het zijn twee zeer comfortabele vakantiehuizen, elk geschikt voor vier personen. Ze zijn smaakvol ingericht met kwaliteitsmaterialen en oog voor verzorgde afwerking.
Close to the Normandy & Perche National parks in the South of Normandy, this delightful eighteenth-century family home is well worth visiting! Surrounded by 3 hectares of parkland, guests will have time to tease the gudgeon in the lake, or play a game of tennis, or have a swim in the beautiful heated swimming pool or simply relax in the pretty scented garden or under the trees in the orchard.
Located between the 17th and 8th arrondissements of Paris, the B&B Courcelles-Parc is in a beautiful Haussmann-era apartment building. Nathalie and Philippe Levy have spared no effort in their decoration of four superb guest bedrooms on the first floor, which are painted in soft shades of white, grey and beige, with furniture and ornaments from the famous Parisian shop Drouot, and top-quality linens.
We invite you to attend the masterclasses from 21 to 24 March 2013 which will be held at the prestigious venue of the Domaine Rurhof, at the heart of the Fagnes. Participants will be able to watch masterclasses (from 10am to 5pm) given to students from several colleges of music by Marc Danel and Gilles Millet, respectively first and second violinists of the Danel Quartet, and by Sophie Hallynck, harpist with the Khéops Ensemble.
This country house located in the depths of the countryside, surrounded by meadows and woods is a surprise! A ruined former farmhouse, it was transformed into a charming holiday house through the good taste and imagination of its new owners.
Built of local materials (bamboo, timber, woven leaves, etc.), this delightful cottage guest house offers five beautiful guest rooms, all on the ground floor, overlooking the garden with its swimming pool surrounded with palm trees. The ground floor extends into a terrace of fine sand where guests can enjoy meals if the wind is not blowing too hard, overlooking the ocean.