On the theme of Gastronomy, discover our B&Bs, country houses (gites) and small hotels offering fine dining or cookery classes or workshops
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”.