Theme: Near Water

Near water, near the sea, lakes, ponds, rivers or canals you find some of our charming B&Bs, country houses (gites) and small hotels

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Clos de l'Ermitage

Saint-Josse, France

“Le Clos de l'Ermitage” is a spacious villa in a quiet location in the country village of Saint-Josse, some 10 km from the well-known Le Touquet (Paris-Plage). You can expect a warm friendly welcome from Ines and Hugues. Hugues, a former architect, designed this part of the villa in such a way that every spacious room has plenty of natural light, has its own bathroom and separate toilet. Each of the ground-floor rooms has its own private patio that overlooks the garden. Ines was responsible for the interior design and has opted for soft light colours and carefully selected antique furniture. This is an ideal location to enjoy a comfortable peaceful atmosphere and relax after a day out in the vibrant seaside town.

 

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Villa Balat

Namur, Belgium

This beautifully renovated early 19th century villa lies on the banks of the river Maas, with views to the Citadel and the Walloon Parliament. The building is attributed to well-known architect Alphonse Balat, court architect of King Leopold II. This splendid, spacious villa with plenty of natural light and a carefully renovated interior is particularly stylishly decorated using clear, light colours and expertly selected furniture. The three rooms are dedicated to three 19th century Walloon artists: The Anna Boch room is located at the rear of the villa, overlooking the garden. The soft, romantic pastel colours are evocative of the impressionist style of Anna Boch. The Félicien Rops room with a beautiful view over the river Maas is rather mystical, with its restrained colours, alluring velvet and satin and an exuberantly equipped bathroom with free-standing bathtub. The Balat suite with a wonderful glass-covered terrace overlooks the river Maas. The beautiful transgression of light imparts an elegance to the room which, together with its proud peacock colours, is worthy of Balat. The spacious bathroom has a walk-in shower with art nouveau tiles and an authentic free-standing bathtub. Breakfast is served from local produce in the majestic dining room overlooking the river Maas. You are also welcome to relax in the charming library with a cup of tea or coffee or in the quiet, beautifully landscaped garden. The villa is in walking distance from the historic centre of Namur, an excellent city to visit if you are interested in art, history and cultural heritage. A unique guesthouse!

 

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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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Villa Belle Epoque

Barvaux sur Ourthe , Belgium

Mr & Mrs Dewert have just taken over the Villa Belle Epoque at Barvaux-sur-Ourthe and have embarked on the adventure of running a B&B. Its pretty sign on the main road attracts travellers. From the house are dramatic views down into the valley over a huge garden with a relaxation area, a swimming pool, cabin and a small gite which overlooks the drive for cars. The interior has been completely redecorated. There are four guest bedrooms upstairs and guests also have access to a lounge and dining room on the ground floor. Each bedroom is named after its theme colour – Red, Blue, Pink and Gold. Each has an ensuite shower room or bathroom with shower, bath or jacuzzi. Included in the very reasonable overnight rate is a generous breakfast which includes “pain perdu” (bread soaked in egg and milk, then fried), pancakes and fresh fruit salad. If you are going out exploring for the day, picnic lunches are available on request, as well as set-menu evening meals when you get back. Your hosts will enjoy creating a menu to suit your requirements and can also offer life-coaching or career-development classes. The surrounding area is full of tourist attractions, and you will be spoiled for choice between hiking, walking, cycling, kayaking on the River Ourthe or a round of golf. There are plenty of other things for more curious guests to explore in Durbuy, Wéris, Sy, the Hotton Caves or the Barvaux Labyrinth.

 

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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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War ar Mor

Perros-Guirec , France

The villa “War ar Mor” B&B enjoys dramatic views of Perros-Guirec bay. The hillside garden has many paths and steps leading down to the sea. The house’s walls are painted white and it has pink granite door and window-frames, in traditional Breton style. The interior is filled with light and has been entirely redecorated in a charming modern style. The lounge and dining room open onto the terrace and the sea, and the kitchen is well equipped. The bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor, are also very stylish. The beds are made and the bath towels and dressing gowns laid out for you. There are some cool drinks in the fridge to welcome you on arrival and bread and pastries are delivered each morning for breakfast. A top-quality address where everything has been thought of to ensure your comfort and wellbeing.

 

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Les écuries du Coqueretaumont

Varengeville sur mer, France

Perched on a clifftop, a stone’s throw from the sea, Varengeville-sur-Mer is a haven of peace and greenery. Pretty Normandy-style half-timbered houses and beautiful gardens are dotted across the landscape. This building used to be the stables of the local forge, and has been prettily converted into B&B rooms by Sabine, the owner, who has a keen sense of colour and a passion for flowers. Daylight floods inside through the doors, windows and other openings in the walls and gable ends. The central living room has a warm atmosphere, created by its golden yellow walls, framed engravings, lamps, furniture and richly brocaded fabrics. The shower rooms are cool and are decorated with coloured earthenware tiles. The “La Séguinière” and “La Boutinière” bedrooms can sleep 4 or 5 people, thanks to the extra beds on the mezzanines. They open onto the winter garden, a kitchen-cum-dining room to which guests have access, where breakfast is served, unless you ask for it to be served on the small private terrace overlooking the flower-filled courtyard. Opposite the building is “La Petite Maison”, a single-story gite overlooking the rear garden, which could be used as a third B&B room. The village is popular with artists and also contains pretty manor houses and beautiful gardens. The sea is nearby, with its shingle beaches, cliffs, small resorts and the port of Dieppe.

 

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Maison des Algues

Rivedoux , France

“La Maison des Algues” is near the entrance to the island Ré, in a village with the sweet name of “Rivedoux” (“Sweet Bank”). Like most of the houses on the island it is not very high, and one wing has been converted into guest rooms. They are very comfortable and each have a double bed and a bathoom with a duo bath. They are prettily furnished and decorated and names after seaplants and seaweed : ‘’Salicorne’’, ‘’Spiruline’’, ‘’Kambu’’ and ‘’Wakame”. They are all on the same level and open onto the terrace with its swimming pool and Jacuzzi. If you like, you can also enjoy beauty treatments and massages. Each morning, Jocelyne prepares a sumptuous buffet breakfast with a wide variety of cheese, yogurt, jam, bread, pastries and fruit juice. Exploring the island is simple, just hop on one of the bicycles available to guests. Many waymarked cycle paths will take you through woods, vineyards and villages. In the summer, the island’s many beaches offer a range of water sports: sailing, jet-ski, and kite-surfing, plus seawater treatments. You will feel good at “La Maison des Algues”, your hostess thinks of everything that will make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

 

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Au cœur de la Vallée

Aubel (Hombourg) , Belgium

The Herve district has retained most of its beautiful, green, rolling hills and valleys. The Berlieren fortified farm is hidden away at the end of a track and has recently been comprehensively restored and converted into holiday accommodation. The seventeenth-century former farmhouse with its half-timbered stone-and-brick walls now houses two large gites, sleeping 7 and 9 people. The interiors are delightful, with large, convivial lounges where families or groups of friends can socialise, cook and eat. Upstairs in the bedrooms, enormous care has been taken in the choice of colours, fabrics and ornaments. Each gite benefits from a huge terrace overlooking the lake and the meadows beyond. You can fish in, and boat on, the lake as much as you want, or you can cycle or walk along the nearby RAVeL long-distance foot/cycle path.

 

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Nous Deux

Aubel (Hombourg), Belgium

Having gone through the gatehouse of the fortified Berlieren Farm, you will find this charming guest suite in a small free-standing outbuilding overlooking the lake. It is spread ove two floors, with a lounge (with a wood-burning stove and TV), dining area and fitted kitchen on the ground floor and a huge bedroom with a double bed and intergral shower room upstairs. While the stone and exposed-brick walls, the vaulted ceiling and the original, well-preserved wooden beams give the building lots of character, its owners have taken care to inject some contemporary style into this former bakehouse by installing a fully fitted kitchen, a modern shower room, beautiful furniture and tasteful decor, which together create a cocooning atmosphere, ideal for a self-contained romantic getway à deux. Guests can also enjoy a beautiful terrace with pretty furniture overlooking the lake and river, and the suite is an excellent base for excursions on foot, on bicycles or on horseback around the surrounding countryside.

 

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