The Cream of Chantilly

It may be noted for the lace and cream, but it's the house and gardens that are easiest on the eye. Eleanor Fullalove heads straight for this rural retreat in Picardy when the hustle...

Great Outdoor Activities in Auvergne

Our choice of a dozen outdoor pursuits to get you active (but not too active) in Auvergne Related article: Great Travel Destinations: Auvergne, France’s Wild Child MÉANDRE DE QUEUILLE This natural wonder, a huge oxbow lake in...

Hôtel Le Castelpierre de Lagraulet

In a bucolic setting which has something of the flavour of Tuscany, Castel Pierre is a unique historical location and at the same time a place to stay with all modern comforts. Come and enjoy...

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Hexagone

Mary Tudor may have wanted Calais engraved on her heart but after half a day trying to hitch a lift out of town, I never wanted to see the name again. There were four...

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,...
Annecy, "Little Venice."

A Weekend in Annecy: Insider Travel Recommendations

The cure for most anything that ails is fresh mountain air. With winter arriving, I craved a higher altitude and slower pace of life, even if only for a weekend. A train ticket and...

Where to Stay and Eat on the Northern Coast of France

The region’s best restaurants and hotels, including some you won’t find in the brochures Related articles: Enjoying the High Life on the Northern Coast 12 Nature Experiences on France’s Northern Coast (and Beyond) HOTEL-RESTAURANTS Hôtel Atlantic All 18 bedrooms...

Why Travel to Toulouse Now: Mama Shelter Opens in La Ville Rose

Toulouse is on top. With the November launch of new attraction La Halle de La Machine, marked by a 46-tonne Minotaur roaming the city’s streets, restorations currently improving the Musée des Augustins, and a...
a dish served at Les Prés d'Eugénie

Les Prés d’Eugènie: The Art of Landes Living

If you love the sound of fine food combined with the very best in relaxation and all-round well-being, then Les Prés d’Eugénie promises to tick all your boxes. This family-owned hotel, spa and gourmet haven in Eugénie-les-Bains,...

Where to Stay and Eat in Brittany

The best restaurants and hotels in the region, plus some hidden secrets only the locals know about! TOP HOTEL Les Agapanthes (22): Hôtel de charme of 20 rooms in the heart of Ploubazlanec, just half a mile from the...