For traditional crêpes and galettes in Guérande go to the Hôtel Restaurant Roc Maria

A selection of quality hotels and restaurants plus some outstanding producers

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TOWN CENTRE HOTELS

Hôtel de Paris, Laval

This hotel with a sharp contemporary design on rue de la Paix offers an ideal central location from which to explore Laval and beyond. www.hotel-laval.fr

Hôtel Périer du Bignon, Laval

The Périer du Bignon is a great place from which to enjoy Laval and then return home to take advantage of the hotel’s exceptional spa facilities. www.hotelperierdubignon.fr

De la Terre à la Lune, Nantes

Spend a night under the stars in the studio of Jules Verne, surrounded by unusual objects evoking the wonder he created in his novels. www.nantes-tourisme.com

Hôtel Périer du Bignon

Hôtel La Pérouse, Nantes

Stepping onto the gangplank that leads through the doors of this hotel in Nantes is like stepping aboard a luxury 1930s ocean liner. www.hotel-laperouse.fr

Hôtel Sozo, Nantes

This 4-star hotel near Gare de Nantes is an artistic cocoon based within a converted 19th-century chapel. www.sozohotel.fr

Hôtel Radisson Blu, Nantes

The former law courts have been put to use here to create a 4-star hotel in the heart of the city centre. www.radissonblu.com

Hôtel Mercure Majestic, La Baule

You can’t get much closer to the shoreline of La Baule than Mercure Majestic, in the heart of the bay. www.hotelmercure-labaule.com

La Baule’s Mercure Majestic

Hôtel Barrière L’Hermitage, La Baule

Modernity meets authenticity overlooking the sweeping bay. www.hotelsbarriere.com

Hôtel Le Royal, La Baule

Inspired by the gleaming blues and whites of the salt marshes on which this resort built its wealth, Le Royal offers spa treatments and fine dining. www.hotelsbarriere.com

Castel Marie-Louise, La Baule

Set a little further back from the seafront, this sumptuous property offers timeless elegance surrounded by a wooded park. www.hotelsbarriere.com

COUNTRYSIDE HOTELS

Château de la Cour, Sainte-Gemmes-le-Robert

Dating back to the 13th century, Château de la Cour partners historical elegance with modern comfort. www.chateau-de-la-cour.com

La Villa Cheminée

This tiny villa created as part of the Estuaire 2009 festival overlooks the Loire some 30km from Nantes. www.nantes-tourisme.com

Auberge La Fontaine aux Bretons, Pornic

The roaring fire makes this the perfect place to relax after a busy day. www.auberge-la-fontaine.com

Auberge La Fontaine aux Bretons

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

Bouvet Ladubay

Discover how award-winning Crémants de Loire are made with cellar tours and tastings available all year round at this first-class winery in the heart of the Saumur AOC. www.bouvetladubay.com

L’Esprit Cuisine, Laval

Fine dining in a contemporary setting on rue Mazagran in the heart of Laval, with a kitchen that opens out onto the restaurant so you can see your meal being prepared. www.lespritcuisine.fr

Au Relais du Gué-de-Selle, Mézangers

Set in a landscaped environment on the shore of a small lake, this kitchen specialises in local, seasonal produce, all whipped up with the very best French savoir-faire. www.relais-du-gue-de-selle.com

La Cigale, Nantes

The beautifully tiled walls and intricately decorated ceilings almost distract from the delicious meals cooked by the hugely talented chefs. Booking ahead is essential for this very popular restaurant. www.lacigale.com

Atlantide 1874 Maison Guého, Nantes

Delicious seafood served on the coast right within easy walking distance of the Jules Verne museum. www.restaurant-atlantide.net

Le Poisson Paré, Nantes

Fish restaurant that serves fish and chips daily, but with a French twist. www.poissonpare.com

La Civelle, Trentemoult

La Civelle’s riverbank tables are the perfect place to enjoy a meal in the sunshine while watching the river. www.la-civelle.com

Hôtel Restaurant Roc Maria, Guérande

A delightful 15th-century stone building that is home to delicious savoury galettes, sweet crêpes and traditional Breton ciders. www.hotel-creperie-rocmaria.com

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