Theme: Nature

On the theme of Nature, in or near a National Park, a nature reserve or protected contryside, discover our charming B&Bs, country houses (gites) and small hotels

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Les Peupliers

Erbisoeul, Belgium

Surrounded by fields, this renovated former farmhouse is only 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Mons, a stone’s throw from the famous Pairi Daiza animal park. It’s an ideal place for an overnight stay in the peace and quiet of verdant countryside. The owners, who have just opened three B&B guest rooms in a wing of the building, have made every effort to ensure their guests’ wellbeing. The bedrooms are on the first floor and have been decorated and furnished with particular attention to the materials and colours. Their ensuite bathrooms are modern, with huge bathtubs, stone washbasins and pretty tiling, all work by excellent craftsmen! On the ground floor, guests have their own wellbeing area with a reading/television lounge, bar and jacuzzi. The generous breakfasts, featuring cheese and cooked meats from local producers and home-made jam and pastries, are served in the guests’ dining room, which overlooks the terrace with its swimming pool, old-fashioned sauna and relaxation areas. Beyond are green fields as far as the eye can see.

 

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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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Mas Nouveau

Genolhac, France

On the road to Mont Lozère, in the Cévennes National Park, this farmhouse which used to belong to the Knights Templar has been comprehensively restored by Christine Gerbino. She has transformed it into a marvellous place to recharge your batteries and to enjoy the countryside and its produce. The house is surrounded by meadows which run down to the river, with a jacuzzi carved from the rock, sun loungers and a kitchen garden which provides seasonal vegetables and herbs for Christine’s meals. Further on is an orchard with apple, chestnut, cherry and fig trees and kiwi fruit plants, all used to make home-made fruit juices, jams and desserts! The guest bedrooms and family suites are spread across the different wings of the house and are decorated and furnished in the same spirit. Salvaged timber for the beds, Indian marble for the washbasins, linen for the sheets, only noble materials. It is no surprise that the B&B has been awarded ‘’Cévennes écotourisme’’ and ‘’Esprit Parc National’’ status. There are many opportunities for hiking, walking or donkey-trekking and to discover traditional Cévennes crafts or the wolves of Gévaudan! Onsite, guests can also enjoy the spa, jacuzzi and natural pond, in beautiful natural surroundings.

 

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Château Bouynot/Le Séchoir

Saint-Sauveur-de-Meilhan , France

This group of houses is located in rolling countryside and will delight families looking for a country setting in which to relax. In addition to the idyllic surroundings, you will appreciate the facilities : large monsoon showers, modern fitted kitchens and a private swimming pool for each house. While it would be very tempting to spend your stay enjoying them, the surrounding area is full of places to visit in addition to the Bordeaux and Marmande vineyards and the “French Tuscany” of the Lot & Garonne. The nearby Green Route along the Canal de Garonne is an excellent place for walking or cycling under the shade of the plane trees, or for canoeing or kayaking. Véronique and François, the owners, will be pleased to recommend local places to eat, but you may prefer to visit local food producers to sample their wares, or to shop at the markets in Guyenne. And, what is more, these holiday homes seem to us to offer excellent value for money.

 

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Château Bouynot/La Grange

Saint-Sauveur-de-Meilhan , France

Located on the border of the Gironde and the Lot & Garonne districts, these two magnificent and charming holiday homes surround the Château de Bouynot. “Le Séchoir” has been very sympathetically converted from a traditional building formerly used to dry tobacco leaves. “La Grange” is a magnificently restored and converted former barn, which has also retained all its charm and authenticity. Noble materials have been used with great care in the conversion of the buildings, which have lovely living rooms, belnding contemporary art and tradition. The specialist building press has written many articles about these two conversions and the chateau itself. The owners, Véronique and François, are both medical doctors and welcome guests to the holiday homes for a weekend or a week, or on a B&B basis at other times of the year.

 

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La Vie de Cocagne

Bonnebosq , France

As in the song by Jeanne Moreau, “La Vie de Cocagne” (the life of Cockaigne) invites some of us to enjoy weekends far from Paris, in the peace and quiet of the Norman countryside. Hidden away in the midst of a huge garden, surrounded by meadows where donkeys and horses graze, this charming former farmhouse has been very tastefully renovated. The huge, open-plan living room has exposed ceiling beams and its wood-burning stove and modern décor creates a cosy atmosphere. It opens onto a dining room and a modern fitted kitchen. At the back of the house are two prettily furnished bedrooms, each with a private shower room, overlooking the garden. The third bedroom, upstairs, with its washroom, could sleep children or a third couple. The terrace has garden furniture including a dining table and sun-loungers, plus a jacuzzi: in short all you could need to relax in comfort.

 

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La Couleur des vignes

Bonnieux, France

A few beautiful traditional farmhouses are hidden off the narrow roads that cross the greenery-covered hills of the Lubéron. Surrounded by vines, this former farmhouse has been comprehensively renovated, in a harmonious blend of the best of traditional and contemporary architecture. Huge steel-framed windows offer lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The vast, light-filled and relaxing living room has light-hued walls, decorated with works of art. Breakfast is served on the adjoining terrace, on a table under the arbour, opposite a pretty pond overrun by roses. The infinity pool has been cleverly installed in a place that is not overlooked, allowing total privacy for bathers. Several relaxation areas have been created in the garden where guests can enjoy the peace and quiet at different times of the day. The house is large and offers five guest rooms and suites. They are spacious, filled with light and decorated with sober good taste, beautiful bed linen, furniture picked up here and there and delightful bathrooms. Each is named after a Lubéron village that can be glimpsed from the windows. The two family suites have between three and five beds and enormous shower rooms. The ground-floor bedroom has direct access to the garden. An ideal place to recharge your batteries, to enjoy the lovely countryside or to explore the hilltop villages dotted across the surrounding landscape.

 

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Le Mas de la Fontaine

Le Pègue , France

Le Pègue is an historic village located at the heart of the Provence part of the Drôme region, not far from Valréas, Grignan and Nyons. There are traces in the village of its Gallo-Roman inhabitants in its archaeological museum, ramparts, towers, castle and chapels. A short distance from the centre of the village, on the mountain slope, Lou Pègue enjoys a stunning location. You reach this beautiful former farmhouse along a track through the lavender fields, then through a pretty pale-stone gateway into a courtyard, where you can linger and relax and where the only sound is the water gurgling into the nearby pool. An external staircase leads to the living rooms and the guest bedrooms. The Althéa and Mercure rooms are cooled by their stone-flagged floors, complemented by pale-hued furniture and soft furnishings. Each has a private bathroom. In the week-end, a evening meal for when you get back wil be ready, if you reserve in advance. On both the mountain and the village sides, this B&B offers delightful opportunities to relax and to explore this heritage-rich region.

 

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Case Latine

Lama, France

When Anna Baccelli decided to build her charming small hotel on this hillside, there were just boulders, olive trees and oak trees here, above the village of Lama. The hotel enjoys splendid views of the mountains and the sea. Designed to resemble a hamlet, the hotel is made up of several stone buildings in contemporary style which blend in with the surrounding countryside. Each building contains a group of three suites, with private entrances, furnished terraces and swimming pools cut out of the rock. They are spacious and have super-king-size double beds (200cm x 200cm), lounges and bathrooms with Italian-style showers or baths. They are soberly decorated, with dark-wood furniture, quarry-tiled floors and white linen curtains. Breakfast is served on a table on your terrace overlooking the mountains. For lunch and dinner, you merely have to walk down the path and some steps to the “Campu Latinu” restaurant, which offers set-menu or à la carte meals. The large glazed lounge near the reception desk is also available to guests, who can order cold drinks and browse through the books, guides and brochures about local attractions. Corte, Bastia and L’île Rousse are all nearby, and you can go hiking, canyoning or diving there. A very beautiful address for travellers seeking peace and quiet and beautiful mountains and countryside.

 

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La Paresse en Douce

Tours sur Meymont , France

The Eastern part of the Puy de Dôme region is covered by the emerald-green Livradois Forest. If you drive along the bank of the meandering River Dore and then up a steep hill, you come to the sleepy village of Tours-sur-Meymont and you understand why this district of rolling hills is nicknamed “the Tuscany of the Auvergne”. This B&B is located on the edge of the village in a former monastery dating back to the seventeenth century. Helen and Henk have tastefully restored it, and have re-used the original doors, fittings and other features to create a lovely haven of peace and quiet where it is so easy to relax. This is reflected in the B&B’s name “La Paresse en Douce” (“Sweet Idleness”). The five spacious and very attractive bedrooms feature many original features but have a comfortable, modern atmosphere. Each bedroom have a spacious shower, large washbasin and WC. Two of them form suites with a connecting smaller bedroom. There is a delightful guests’ lounge and a library in the former chapel. Relaxation areas have been set up in several corners of the beautiful garden and there is also an outdoor hot tub with a marvellous view! There is also a small plunge pool which has been adapted for use by children. The garden is an ideal place to while away your time. In the summer, breakfast and evening meals are served outdoors on the terrace created by the delightful owners of this beautiful place.

 

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