Break Outside the Box: Fantastical Self-Catering Retreats in France

There’s nothing like a home from home. With designers persistently upping the ante, why settle for vanilla digs when you could stay somewhere extraordinary? Rhiannon Rees looks at the properties that are taking self-catering...

A Night in Versailles

I have two unpleasant memories of getting up at the crack of dawn in Paris. Both were to catch that early morning train to arrive at the Palace of Versailles by opening time. Sadly,...

10 Reasons to Visit the Vendée

The Puy du Fou Theme Park This amazing Theme Park, set in the north of the Vendée, was voted ‘World’s Best Park’ in 2012 by the Thea Classic Award in Los Angeles, and offers...

Where to Stay and Eat in Burgundy: La Fontaignotte in Semur-en-Auxois

This picturesque and historic Burgundian town, famed for its annual fête médiévale, held every May, has a wonderful new maison d’hotes and a talented chef at work in its terrace-with-a-view restaurant. Former movie producer Charles...

Where to Stay in Montpellier: Domaine de Verchant

Montpellier is a fabulous city to visit, historic and culutured yet ambitious and vibrant. It’s a perfect gateway to discover more of the south of France. Head west to explore the canals and Roman...

Haute-Marne: A Different Champagne

Niched between Champagne and Burgundy, Haute-Marne is a land of tradition, surprising discoveries, unexpected encounters and huge open spaces. The main entryways to our region are Langres with its  ramparts, the hometown of the...

3 New Wine Courses at Château de Pommard in Burgundy

New Wine Experiences to teach consumers the professional secrets of tasting, pairing and selecting wines. The historic Château de Pommard was founded in 1726 by Vivant Micault, secretary to King Louis XV, and after 300...

Cradle of History: Must-Visit National Monuments in Western France

From the world’s largest megalithic site to fairy-tale châteaux and historic dungeons, Marion Sauvebois rounds up this summer’s must-visit National Monuments in western France LES ALIGNEMENTS DE CARNAC Is it a ruined prehistoric temple? An ancient...

Les Étangs de Corot: Charming Hotel just outside Paris

Few hotels offer the pleasures of city and countryside, sophistication and rusticity as charmingly as Les Étangs de Corot. A through-the-looking-glass experience awaits guests who do not discover the full magic of the place...

Châteaux Living: Discover Burgundy

If the castles of Burgundy were missing princesses and knights, would you volunteer? These silent witnesses of history surely have a story to tell, so come and inherit the châteaux lifestyle. Let's start with Ancy-le-Franc,...