Book Reviews: French Château Living, The Lude

Nestled on the banks of the Loir river (not to be confused with its namesake and neighbour, the Loire), the Château du Lude has not only withstood the brunt of 1,000 years of history...

A Slice of Château Life in Nice

Eyebrows are raised when I tell people that my parents live in a château in Nice. Incredible as it may seem, their inner-city apartment is in a manor house built in 1850, in the...

Of Castles and Kings

Not for the rugged Auvergne the sophisticated luxury of Renaissance châteaux. The great Massif Central, with dense forests and wild emerald ranges of extinct volcanoes, calls for stronger stuff. The châteaux d'Auvergne are mostly...

Where to Stay and Eat in Bordeaux Wine Country

Our choice of the best hotels and restaurants in Bordeaux and amidst the vineyards. Related articles: Great Destinations: Bordeaux and Wine Country Things to See and Do in Bordeaux: A Comprehensive Guide 12 Unmissable Wine Destinations...
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Where to Stay and Eat in the Dordogne

TOP RESTAURANT SELECTION Charbonnel, Brantôme Getting rave reviews and giving the nearby Moulin de l’Abbaye a run for its money. L’Imaginaire, Terrasson The French are flocking to eat the new menus prepared by rising star chef Julien Dayre. La Tour des Vents, Monbazillac Sumptuous...

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...

Gers guide

French Magazine takes a tour around this department Dovecot in GasconyDépartement 32 isn’t the most well known of French destinations, and even in France it is probably not known for much more than playing host...

Want to Buy a French Chateau? Read this First

Owning a castle remains a popular dream for overseas buyers, and there are plenty of bargains now.

Wine Culture at Château de l’Hoste

Château de l’Hoste is ideally located between Toulouse and Bordeaux, 30 km from Agen on the route to Cahors. In the heart of the medieval Bastides and Villages, it is situated in the Quercy...

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,...