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A few of the latest bed and breakfast addresses to join our selection.

Each of them has been visited and assessed by us before being selected to join us.

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La Maison d’Hector

Saint Mard de Réno/, France

This B&B is named after Hector, the Jack Russell terrier belonging to Pierre-Yves, and he is omnipresent, in the decor, on the sign and business stationery and you may also bump into him in real life! This traditional Le Perche longhouse has been carefully converted into a B&B by Pierre-Yves, who is an interior designer. He has given each room its own personality: the entrance hall where guests are welcomed and can leave their shoes; the richly-decorated lounge filled with books, magazines, engravings and other unusual ornaments and the cosy dining room, where gourmet breakfasts, including home-made jams and pastries, are served. On request, Pierre-Yves will prepare set-menu evening meals using vegetables, herbs and fruit from his garden. Upstairs, the guest bedrooms will surprise you with their interesting colours, their furniture and ornaments picked up here and there and their ensuite shower rooms. Their names tell you something about the philosophy that guides your hosts: ‘’Mauvaises graines’’, ‘’Belles de nuit’’ and ‘’Poules de luxe’’ which refer to the herbs, flowers and chickens in the garden. The pretty Perche region is not short of attractions, including churches, manor houses, gardens and jumble sales, not to mention the themed weekends organised at the B&B in each season of the year.

 

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Les Chambres de l’abbaye

Saint Germer de Fly, France

This B&B is located opposite the abbey in the pretty village of St Germer-de-Fly, on the border between Picardy and Normandy. It is a huge, long building, with a garden on one side and an orchard on the other, making it a veritable haven of greenery and calm. An artist’s studio has recently been added to house the works of Jean-François Comte, a talented painter who is also a film director and writer. His paintings decorate the walls of every room in the house. Upstairs, the guest bedrooms named ‘’La flèche du parthe’’ and ‘’L’amour des trois losanges’’ ooze charm. They are spacious, furnished with traditional furniture and the latter has a beautiful ensuite bathroom. The two other guest bedrooms are in the attic and are smaller but cosier. On certain evenings, Chloé prepares tasty meals in her kitchen using fresh produce from small, local producers. The elegant, generous breakfasts offer a range of fresh fruit, farmhouse cheese and home-made cakes and pastries. The surrounding area is rich in historic buildings and other attractions, including abbeys, chateaux, listed villages and unusual gardens. The B&B’s location on the London-Paris Green Route makes it an ideal, upmarket overnight stop for cyclo-tourists.

 

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Les Mazures

Beaumetz, France

This B&B is a contemporary take on the traditional Normandy longhouse, clad in timber and surrounded by a lush garden full of flowers. It has received “Green Key” certification for compliance with environmentally-friendly criteria. The three guest bedrooms are small but have been decorated and furnished with care and all open onto the garden. Each has a small office area and an ensuite bathroom. Peter will welcome you and ensure you have everything you need for your wellbeing, whereas Vincent is the cook who prepares delicious evening meals from his French and English repertoire using fresh local produce. We were delighted during our visit by the delicious smell of freshly baked bread and cakes. This is an ideal base for cyclists and hikers, located close to the Bays of the Somme and Authie, with their abundant flora and fauna. Lovers of history will enjoy visiting St Riquier Abbey, Amiens Cathedral and the gardens at Valloires. A delightful address that also represents excellent value for money.

 

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De Swaenhoeck

Damme, Belgium

This traditional polders farmhouse, parts of which date back to the sixteenth century, has today been converted into holiday homes. Its whitewashed brick walls, red-tiled roof and green-and-white shutters give it lots of charm. In addition, it is surrounded by a large garden which borders a golf course. Its location just outside the pretty village of Damme, not far from Bruges, makes it an ideal base for walkers, hikers, cyclists and golfers, as well as lovers of the countryside and peace and quiet. The surrounding area has many attractions, including canals, dykes, chateaux, abbeys, farms, windmills and nature reserves. “De Swaenhoeck” has been decorated and furnished with good taste and refinement, and boasts every modern comfort. It is divided into four units, with a communicating door between two of them, and can sleep between 2 and 20 people for short or longer stays.

 

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A Perte de vue

Humain (Marche-en-Famenne) , Belgium

Etienne runs this B&B in his family’s home, built in the 1960s by his parents at Humain, not far from Marche-en-Famenne. Perched on a hilltop, surrounded by around 20 hectares of fields and woods, the house enjoys superb views over the surrounding countryside. Built of local stone and half-timbering, the house is low and long, rather like a traditional Normandy longhouse. On the ground floor is a huge lounge with an open fireplace and large dining table, plus a reading area with large windows overlooking the countryside. The guest bedrooms are upstairs under the eaves and can accommodate two couples or a family with children. In the evenings, Etienne can prepare a meal for you cooked on the wood-fired grill on the verandah, where you can eat it, washed down with some excellent red wine. Peace and quiet, space and views are the main attractions of the B&B, not to mention the swimming pool and tennis court, to which guests have access. Its situation close to three superb golf courses, the River Lesse, the Han caves and many cycling and hiking circuits make it an excellent base for a few day’s stay.

 

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Bista Eder

Bidart, France

If you had to choose one place to stay in when visiting the Basque region, then this would be it, with Eliane at the Bista Eder B&B in Bidart. The B&B combines a traditional Basque house with superb views, a delightful garden and the warmest of welcomes. Eliane was born in the Basque region’s Soule valley and has renovated the house in contemporary style to include three guest bedrooms. Each guest bedroom is named after a local village: “Lekeitio”, with a superb view of the Atlantic, “Ainhoa” and “Guetaria” with views inland of the landscape and the River Rhune. The rooms have been decorated and furnished with great care using top-quality materials and each has a modern ensuite shower room. The breakfasts are scrumptious, delicious celebrations of food prepared by Eliane, and are served on the verandah or the terrace overlooking the sea. Located in a quiet residential area, close to the village, the garden is a delightful place in which to relax and there are lovely local walks to the charming villages of the Basque coast or to the beach at Erretegia. The beautiful tourist attractions of St-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz are only 6km away and, further afield, are San Sebastian and Bilbao, whose Guggenheim museum is well worth a visit. Gastronomes will be overwhelmed by the diverse range of local restaurants, which include some of the most famous establishments in the Basque region (e.g. “Les Frères Ibarboure”, “Le Moulin d’Alotz” and “Briketenia”) as well as the tapas bars in the harbour at Guéthary.

 

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La Noiseraie

Namur, Belgium

Surrounded by around 15 hectares of walnut trees, “La Noiseraie” (“The Nuttery”) is located at the heart of the only walnut farm in Belgium, which produces walnut oil and a walnut aperitif that are sold locally. The house is accessed along a wide drive which cuts through the walnut trees. It is imposing, with a large lounge and dining room. Its four guest bedrooms and one suite are ideal for an overnight stop for travellers or for families or business groups, who can reserve the whole B&B. The bedrooms are decorated and furnished in the latest contemporary style, are flooded with daylight and have been designed with care. Each has its own ensuite bathroom, with every modern comfort (air-conditioning, dressing gowns, toiletries, etc.). Incuded in the price of a guest bedroom is access to the wellbeing area in the basement, with its fitness room, sauna and jacuzzi. Massages are also available on payment of a supplement. Guests also have access to the outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. There are lots of opportunities for walks in the surrounding countryside, or along the banks for the River Molignée or the River Meuse, or exploring chateaux and abbeys or enjoying the attractions of Namur (e.g. guided tour of the Citadel, museums, festivals, fairs and exhibitions). A beautiful address, only 5 minutes’ drive from Namur, close to motorways and not far from Charleroi airport.

 

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Entre Hôtes

17000 La Rochelle, France

This former shipowner’s house with its white-stone facade is situated on one of the main streets of La Rochelle. Today it offers five beautiful guest rooms, all overlooking a courtyard garden. Upstairs are the evocatively named “Dune”, “Stone”, “Aqua” and “Digue” guest bedrooms, each furnished and decorated with care, with individual colour schemes and atmospheres. Access to them is via a beautiful eighteenth-century staircase or a lift. The “L’Insolite” guest room located in the vaulted cellar of a small outbuilding at the end of the garden offers more privacy and has a pretty bathroom. Guests are welcomed on arrival in the lounge and are served breakfast in the dining room, both on the ground floor, both prettily decorated and both overlooking the courtyard garden. The pretty town of La Rochelle is on the coast opposite the Ile de Ré, and contains many tourist attractions, including its ramparts and towers, its old harbour, its maritime museum and its aquarium. The nearby town of Rochefort is also worth a visit, to see the house of Pierre Lotti and the Royal Rope Works and Arsenal, where General La Fayette’s frigate, the “Hermione”, was reconstructed. Another local attraction is a boat trip around the Poitou marshes to explore their flora and fauna.

 

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La Girarde

Saint Quentin de Caplong, France

When Mark and Patricia moved to France 18 years ago, they focussed on the Sainte-Foy-la-Grande district, between St Emilion and Bergerac. They made use of their culinary and building restoration skills to set up and develop a hotel-restaurant, then, in 2009, they purchased “La Girarde”, an old eighteenth-century house, which they have transformed into a haven of comfort, atmosphere and wellbeing. The five spacious guest bedrooms are named after flowers and are tastefully furnished and decorated, with views over the surrounding countryside. The furniture, fabrics and wall coverings create a calm, peaceful atmosphere in both the bedrooms and their ensuite bathrooms. The ensuite bathroom of the “Chardons” bedroom is particularly large. The convivial atmosphere in the comfortable lounge is enhanced by the instinctive empathy of your hosts for their guests. Nestling in countryside and vineyards, “La Girarde” is close to Saint Emilion, home to some of the most famous vineyards in the world, and only 12km from Sainte-Foy-la-Grande, a pretty hilltop village where one of the most beautiful markets in France is held. There are also plenty of excellent local restaurants: “Le Château de Sanse” at Sainte-Radegonde and “L’Ardoise” at Pessac-sur-Dordogne, not forgetting Patricia’s own evening meals at €27 per person, excluding drinks. Access to the area is facilitated by flights to Bergerac airport, a 40-minute drive from “La Girarde”.

 

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Les Sources de Coulon

Arbanats, France

Les Sources de Coulon B&B nestles in the heart of the Graves wine region, south of Bordeaux. The delightful eighteenth-century house is surrounded by a beautiful landscaped park, and combines refinement, comfort and relaxation. Some spaces have been specially provided for guests to use, including the television lounge, the relaxation room, the outdoor Jacuzzi and the large chalet, with its lounge, dining room and kitchen. The golf driving range is an unusual extra. The guest bedrooms and suite have sweet names: “Fairies’ Mirror”, “Rose Garden” and “Yesteryear Suite”, and have been decorated and furnished with care and good taste. Annie and Philippe welcome their guests warmly with spontinaity and empathy, but also respect their guests’ privacy. They were both born in the Bordeaux region and have lived at Arbanats since 2004: this means they can give their guests tips about the riches of the local area and their respective passions. Whether it be for an apéritif with a wine-grower or a set-menu evening meal accompanied by excellent wines selected by Philippe from his cellar, gusts will enjoy very special moments during their stay here.

 

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