What could be more delightful than a weekend, a longer stay or a holiday in restful, comfortable surroundings, somewhere that’s reassuring yet offers fresh perspectives, somewhere that offers the very best in refined, charming bed and breakfast or small charming hotel accomodation. These charming bed and breakfasts and small charming hotels are to be found in chateaux, in historical residences, manor houses, but also in more ‘simple’ accommodation that has nevertheless been fitted and decorated with style and finesse and frequently situated in surroundings that are outstanding as regards their views, landscapes or the quality of their general environment.
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 Le Monde De Dom: Beautiful catered accommodation in Vaux en Beaujolais

Le Monde De Dom: Beautiful catered accommodation in Vaux en Beaujolais Le Monde De Dom offers lovely catered accommodation in Vaux en Beaujolais (inspiration for the fictional village of Clochemerle), right in the heart of the Beaujolais area. Stunning views. Heated swimming pool. Lunches and evening meals may be taken on site (book in advance, 30 euros per person, all included). Breakfast is included in the room rates. Tea room, art and craft gallery and shop. A 30 minute drive from Lyons. 10 minutes from the Villefranche Nord motorway exit (A6 motorway). WiFi. Credit cards accepted. English spoken.

Day 1 ♦♦ Morning: Tour of the village, the cave de Clochemerle (wine cellars), the Gabriel Chevallier museum ♦ Lunch: At Le Monde de Dom ♦ Afternoon: Hameau du Vin, Romanèche (wine museum) ♦ Evening meal: At the Auberge de Clochemerle

Day 2 ♦♦ Morning: SPA in the Château de Pizay ♦ Lunch: at the Château de Pizay ♦ Afternoon: Parc des Oiseaux de Villars Les Dombes (bird park) ♦ Evening meal: At Le Monde de Dom

If you stay a little longer, you could sample wines from the Beaujolais region at the Château de Vaux, or treat yourself to a chauffeur-driven tour of Lyons and Pérouges.

Weekend package, 2 nights’ half board (either lunch or evening meal) for 2 people: 260 euros

www.le-monde-de-dom.fr | Details

 Le Gourguillon: Charming guesthouse accommodation in Lyon, complete with jacuzzi in every bedroom

Le Gourguillon: Charming guesthouse accommodation in Lyon, complete with jacuzzi in every bedroom Nestling in a tranquil spot in the historical centre of Lyon, Le Gourguillon has a selection of lovely bedrooms and suites. Each bedroom has its own jacuzzi and there are also stunning views to be had from the outside patios, as well as a range of other services, making it just perfect for a romantic getaway where you can spend some quality time together and recharge your batteries.
This is a place dedicated to both lovers and lovers of life.

Day 1 ♦♦ Morning: Ascend the hill from the house: Visit the Basilique de Fourvière and the Gallo-Roman Museum and gardens ♦ Lunch: In a traditional Lyons ‘bouchon’ (small restaurant) ♦ Afternoon: Stroll around Vieux Lyon and explore its mysteries and its ‘traboules’ (narrow passageways between streets) ♦ Evening meal: A candle-lit meal in your bedroom - just the two of you.

Day 2 ♦♦ Morning: Explore the Parc de la Tête d'or gardens, zoo and leisure complex ♦ Lunch: At the Halles de Paul Bocuse covered market ♦ Afternoon: Shopping in the Presqu'île district before going back to your bedroom for a soak in the jacuzzi and a good massage ♦ Evening meal: At the Comptoir Thomas or the Auberge de l'Ile

Should you stay a little longer…
the Fine Arts Museum (Musée des Beaux Arts) and the Ainay district with all its art galleries and antique dealers are also tremendously enjoyable.....

www.legourguillon.fr | Details

 The Chambres de Neptune: Lovely guesthouse accommodation and fine dining in Versailles

The Chambres de Neptune: Lovely guesthouse accommodation and fine dining in Versailles Just five minutes’ walk from the Château de Versailles, the Chambres de Neptune guesthouse is located in a townhouse that dates back to 1750. It boasts two modern, elegantly-decorated bedrooms for that cosy, ‘lap of luxury’ feeling.

Whether you want to see the sights, relax with your family or just unwind after a hard day’s work, we will do everything we can to ensure that during your time with us you feel treated like royalty.

The ‘Roi Soleil’ and ‘Opéra Royal’ bedrooms each have their own individual character and have been decorated with painstaking care. Both have fully-equipped ensuite bathrooms.

Why not make the most of our dining room, where you can enjoy a delicious breakfast in the morning sunshine?

You may visit the Château de Versailles and various sights of historical interest in the vallée de Chevreuse valley. ♦ With the help of the public transport network, you can visit all of Paris from Versailles.

www.leschambresdeneptune.com | Details

 Windmill Cottage: Gorgeous guesthouse accommodation & meals in Westport, Ireland

Windmill Cottage: Gorgeous guesthouse accommodation & meals in Westport, Ireland In the heart of the West of Ireland, just beside the lovely little town of Westport, you’ll come to a unique guesthouse. The owner is a Frenchman who fell in love with this place over 15 years ago.

The property consists of 4 traditional Irish cottages set in a huge, stone wall-enclosed garden a short distance from the ocean. Tranquillity, beauty, peace and quiet and all the home comforts you could wish for... this is a magical place that will make for a holiday you’ll never forget.

There are 5 bedrooms with ensuite bathroom, from 40 to 60 € per person per night. You have the option of reserving anything from one bedroom to an entire house.

Guests have the use of 3 different living areas, complete with a fireplace and a stove. One lounge includes a grand piano and a harp for any budding musicians.

We have private facilities to help you stay in shape, including a sauna and a hot tub with ocean views. The hardiest souls can go swimming in the sea in front of the house...

Taking it easy, walking, music, chatting with the owner and home-made porter cake washed down with a good cup of tea are some of the delights that await you.

There are two golf courses are located just a few minutes’ drive away. You can go fishing or horse-riding along the beach. Westport has a wide selection of shops and pubs, just 5 km distant. If you fancy a day trip, Connemara, North Mayo and Achill Island are less than an hour away by car.

Evening meals are served (book in advance), and include a pre-dinner drink and appetizers and dinner: mussels from the bay, lobster, lamb, Carraholly cheese, pastries made from the garden’s own crop of apples and blackcurrants.

Day 1 ♦♦ Morning: Set off for Connemara via the Delphi Valley. Incredible countryside. Take a boat trip from Killary Harbour ♦ Lunch: Clifden, Leenane ♦ Afternoon:  Joyce Country, take tea at Cashel House, where General de Gaulle stayed ♦ Evening meal: In the cosy, friendly setting of Windmill Cottage.

Day 2 ♦♦ Morning: Mulranny, Achill Island, the cliffs of the Atlantic Drive and Clew Bay, near Dooagh, at the very end of the Drive.  ♦ Lunch: We’ve some good suggestions of places to eat such as Achill Sound or Keel ♦ Afternoon:  take a walk in the mountains of Achill ♦ Evening meal: why not relax in the hot tub and have a sauna to unwind before your pre-dinner drink and evening meal.

Should you stay for 4 or 5 days...
You could spend a day in North Mayo: cliffs, the Ceide Fields, the moors and peat bogs. ♦ Take half a day to climb Croagh Patrick, which lies just opposite the house, before enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of porter cake or else a good Guinness. ♦ You could also simply have a quiet day of reading and music, alone in front of the ocean, topped off with a special barbecued lobster lunch.

www.windmill-cottage.com | Details

 The Château des Saveurs: Lovely guesthouse accommodation and home cooking in the Seine-Maritime

The Château des Saveurs: Lovely guesthouse accommodation and home cooking in the Seine-Maritime Set in stunning, wonderfully peaceful countryside a mere 15 minutes’ drive from Etretat, the Château des Saveurs offers cosy yet luxurious guesthouse accommodation and home cooking in an intimate setting. We provide a service that’s second-to-none for all your special occasions: weddings, hen and stag parties, other celebrations, dinners, cocktail and other receptions, corporate seminars and more. We aim to cater to your every need.

Day 1: Tour of Etretat, a small seaside resort that’s world-famous for its sea cliffs, the Clos Arsène Lupin, and its golf course (one of France’s most beautiful).

Day 2: Relax at the Château des Saveurs, where you have free use of the spa, sauna, hammam, swimming pool, gym, boulodrome (for playing French bowls) and tennis court.

Dear Guests, in this stressful world, we often look first and foremost for relaxing décors and a peaceful atmosphere, even if this is at the expense of quality of service. ♦ However, I haven’t forgotten my main aims as a professional! My dearest wish is to treat both you and your taste-buds like royalty. Here, we have a winning combination of an unfussy, minimalist décor and the elegance of the château and its dining experience. ♦ So, I invite you to come along and discover this place, its history, its charm and its equally striking natural setting!!! The Château des Saveurs also boasts a range of health, beauty and well-being services especially aimed at women, as well as a gym, tennis court, swimming pool, spa, sauna and hammam - all designed to have you feeling great in no time at all. ♦ We have tremendous respect for regional traditions, as demonstrated by the château’s cosy atmosphere and classic interiors, with marquetry work in cherry-wood and brown oak that will entrance you with its mellow look and simple design. ♦ From its location in the heart of Normandy, the Château des Saveurs offers you a haven of peace and quiet for a weekend getaway or a longer stay. We look forward to seeing you soon...

Discounts for longer stays:
-10% for 2 nights or longer
-20% for 7 nights or longer

www.chateau-des-saveurs.com | Details

 Gd Hôtel Bella Tola: Classic historical hotel in St-Luc (Canton of Valais, Switzerland)

Gd Hôtel Bella Tola: Classic historical hotel in St-Luc (Canton of Valais, Switzerland) The Hôtel Bella Tola nurtures both tradition and the good things in life. It’s the kind of place that is half-hidden in the recesses of our childhood memories. With its verandah, inspired by 19th century architectural styles, along with the traditional look of its slender arched windows, this building has been capturing the essence of elegance for over a hundred years now, whilst still exuding a lighter, more contemporary chic today. Steeped as it is in history, there’s a new, albeit respectful wind of change blowing through this mountain dwelling – one that adores antique furniture and the finest fabrics. It all goes to make a home, as much as a hotel, out of the Bella Tola – somewhere that’s just as special and cosy as a second abode. The 32 bedrooms, living and dining areas each boast their own unique décor, reminding visitors that time does not hold sway here. The ‘L’Eau des Cimes’ spa will more than satisfy your wish for rest and relaxation: There’s a large health and beauty centre with covered swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, ice fountain and massage rooms. The hotel won the ‘Hôtel historique de l’année’ (historic hotel of the year) award in 2001.

Day 1 ♦♦ Morning: Take the funicular railway for magnificent views over the ‘4000m’ (mountain summits over 4000m high), including the Matterhorn. Stroll along the ‘chemin des planètes’ (path of the planets) and explore the solar system through a series of original sculptures ♦ Lunch: at the hôtel Weisshorn, 2200 metres above sea level ♦ Afternoon: travel down through the woods to visit the watermills. ♦ Relax in the spa ♦ Evening meal: in the historical "Salon 1900" dining room.

Day 2 ♦♦ Morning: Excursion to the Moiry dam for amazing views of the Moiry glacier. Good walkers can hike as far as the cabane de Moiry mountain refuge (approx 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours) or else walk around the reservoir ♦ Lunch: For hikers, at the cabane de Moiry, looking out over the glacier, otherwise, in a traditional local restaurant in the old village of Grimentz ♦ Afternoon: tour of the extremely well-preserved village of Grimentz and back to the hotel. ♦ Relax in the spa ♦ Evening meal: enjoy a regional speciality at the "Le Tzambron" restaurant (fondue, raclette (cheese, cooked meats etc...).
If you should stay a little longer…
This is heaven for walkers, with more than 215 miles of marked paths in an unspoilt natural setting. You can also embark on the discovery of the local fauna and geology on a guided tour with your hosts...

Special themed holiday packages are available in the Summer, allowing you to explore the area through a series of guided walks (botanical walks, geological walks…).
The traditional national day celebrations take place on August 1st, with a big buffet in the garden. Third weekend in June: fête de l'inalpe (celebrating the transhumance, the moving of livestock to mountain pastures in the Summer).

www.bellatola.ch | Details

 Villa St Barth: Lovely luxury guesthouse accommodation in Cannes (Alpes Maritimes)

Villa St Barth: Lovely luxury guesthouse accommodation in Cannes (Alpes Maritimes) This modern, very spacious guesthouse has everything you would expect from a large hotel, combining a relaxing atmosphere, superb comfort and excellent facilities in exotic surroundings. Four roomy bedrooms overlook wide teak deck patios. There is also an infinity pool, a garden with ocean views, a bar, a poolside lounge area, spa facilities (hammam, jacuzzi), massage services (book in advance), the option of eating on-site (book in advance) and the opportunity to book the entire property just for yourself, whether for special occasions (weddings, cocktail receptions) or corporate events (seminars).
It is perfectly located, less than 5 minutes’ drive from the Croisette. Public transport is available from just outside the property.
Facilities: Lift, king size double bed, LED television, DVD player, free WiFi access, telephone with direct access to outside line,  air conditioning, safe, minibar, towels, dressing gowns, hair-dryer, "Ligne St Barth" care and beauty products welcome pack.

Day 1 ♦♦ Stroll along the Croisette ♦♦ Morning: Swim in the ocean ♦ Lunch: lunch around the swimming pool ♦ Afternoon: relax around the swimming pool with a massage, followed by a hammam and a dip in the jacuzzi ♦ Evening meal: dine out in the heart of the Suquet district (Old Cannes).

Day 2 ♦♦ Explore Cannes ♦♦ Morning: Stroll along the Croisette, see the Palais des Festivals (where the Film Festival is based), and the town’s prestigious boutiques ♦ Lunch: on the beach ♦ Afternoon: tour of the îles de Lérins islands then back to Cannes and the Villa St Barth for some rest and relaxation around the swimming pool or in the spa facilities ♦ Evening meal: in the guesthouse

If you should stay a little longer… you could visit typical local villages like Mougins, St Paul de Vence or Antibes on market day.

www.cannesvillastbarth.com | Details

 Dar Saïd: Gorgeous hotel accommodation in Sidi Bou Said

Dar Saïd: Gorgeous hotel accommodation in Sidi Bou Said DAR SAÏD is a former mid 19th century town-house that has been restored and transformed into a wonderful 4 star hotel.
In the grounds of DAR SAÏD lies a little swimming pool by a beautiful garden, where jasmine, age-old cypresses and bougainvilleas flourish; the magic is completed by the play of fountains. Outstanding views over the Mediterranean, the sense of history that impregnates this place and the shades of blue and white for which Sidi-Bou-Said is famous all combine to form a stunning and wonderfully peaceful setting.
The hotel has 24 bedrooms, each with its own, individual décor in the local style. The bedrooms are built around 4 different, traditional-style patios. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and are equipped with telephone, television, mini-bar and safe. The bathrooms are decorated in the ‘bath house’ style and are as luxurious as they are original.
We also offer Hammam facilities that will help you unwind and feel great. Breakfast may be served in the lounge area, your bedroom, the garden or by the pool.
Just over the street is the DAR ZARROUK (fine dining, lounge bar, meeting room), overlooking the marina and the whole bay of Tunis.

Day 1 ♦♦ Morning: Tour of Carthage (the Baths of Antoninus Pius, the Roman amphitheatre, Saint-Louis Cathedral) ♦ Lunch: In the DAR ZARROUK or in one of the restaurants on the square ♦ Afternoon: Tour of Sidi-Bou-Said and the Palace of the Baron d'Erlanger, together with a visit to the DAR ANNABI museum ♦ Before the evening meal, enjoy an aperitif in the Lounge Bar ♦ Evening meal: In the DAR ZARROUK or in one of the restaurants on the square.   

Day 2 ♦♦ Morning: We set off for Tunis – tour of the Medina and the ZITOUNA mosque ♦ Lunch: in one of the Medina restaurants, for top-quality, traditional cuisine ♦ Afternoon: Visit to the Bardo Museum ♦ Return to Sidi-Bou-Said for a mint tea in the café des Nattes ♦ Evening meal: In the DAR ZARROUK or in one of the restaurants on the square.

Should you stay a little longer… ♦♦ Half-day ‘get in shape’ programme (Turkish bath and relaxing massage) ♦ Go sailing on our 12m yacht, ‘Kim’ ♦  "The Residence" and "Carthage" golf courses are also close at hand.

Numerous festivals are held in the area:
The Festival of Carthage (July-August) ♦ The October music festival at the Carthage Acropolium ♦ The guitar Festival (March) ♦ The jazz Festival (April) ♦ The Festival of the Medina (during the month of Ramadan).

www.darsaid.com.tn | Details

 Domaine de la Goulée: Lovely guesthouse accommodation in the Val-d'Oise

Domaine de la Goulée: Lovely guesthouse accommodation in the Val-d'Oise Be whisked back to the times of the Impressionists at the Domaine de la Goulée, for a holiday that you’ll be sure to remember: this luxury guesthouse is located in the Vexin Français region, not far from Giverny. Here, in this magnificent late 18th century estate farmhouse, we have luxury suites and bedrooms, two reception rooms in a traditional farm building for all your special events (suitable for up to 100 guests) and on-site catering. You’ll have the opportunity to discover the cuisine enjoyed by Monet and his contemporaries, enjoy our delicious breakfasts with fresh produce straight from the kitchen garden and the orchard, or, when the sun is shining, to go for a picnic in the Estate fields!
Sited within beautiful landscaped grounds, we have a combined outdoor/indoor swimming pool, hewn from the age-old stones of an old barn, along with a spa (sauna, shower and on-site massage/hairdressing service). New for Spring 2011 – a dormitory room containing around ten beds and shower facilities.

If you’re on a longer holiday, why not… ♦♦ Visit the church at Vétheuil, such a source of inspiration in Monet’s paintings, then there’s the grave of his wife, Camille, in the little cemetery, Monet’s house and the Museum of American Art at Giverny, the Château de la Roche Guyon, Van Gogh’s last home at Auvers sur Oise (in the famous auberge Ravoux inn). ♦ Sports lovers will be able to make the most of the many golf courses located in the surrounding area (amongst others, the Villarceaux, du Prieuré and Seraincourt courses...), or take to the air in a glider from the Chérence airfield. Why not go for a spot of fishing in the Lac de Genainville or for some family fun, there’s the Boucles de Seine outdoor activities and leisure centre at Lavacourt or the aerial assault course at Magny en Vexin...

Various special events are held during the course of the year at the Domaine de la Goulée:
The Boatmen’s Ball (Bal des Canotiers) ♦ The Old-Tyme organic hay harvesting festival (fête des foins bio à l'ancienne) ♦ The honey harvest

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 Parkhotel Schloss Münchenwiler

Parkhotel Schloss Münchenwiler The château de Münchenwiler, once a monastery, dates back to the 11th century. Its wonderful grounds and striking architecture create an incredibly romantic atmosphere ideal for weddings, concerts or just a relaxing holiday break.
The four suites have names that hark back to the castle’s history. Each suite boasts a spacious bedroom with bath and separate shower and toilet.
All bedrooms are equipped with a radio, a television, telephone, WiFi internet connection, a mini-bar and a safe.
The castle tower suite will satisfy the requirements of even the most demanding of guests; its unique ambiance will enchant those who appreciate the good things in life, newly-weds and lovers - young and young at heart.
The tower suite comprises a dining room with a sofa, television, radio, telephone, WiFi internet connection, mini-bar and safe and a bedroom with a romantic décor and equally beautiful views over the château grounds.
The bathroom is equipped with the most modern fittings to suit the expectations of today’s guests, including a 2 person bath-tub fitted with water jets and a separate shower and toilet.

Day 1 ♦♦ Morning: Tour of the walled town of Morât ♦ Lunch: There are several options for eating out in the town ♦ Afternoon: Boat trip on Morât lake ♦ Evening meal: At the château.

Day 2 ♦♦ Morning: Tour of Avenches and its Roman amphitheatre ♦ Lunch: There are several options for eating out in the town ♦ Afternoon: Stroll through the Mont Vully vineyards ♦ Evening meal: At Mont Vully.

If you have a little more time…
You could visit Berne, Neuchâtel and Estavayer-le-Lac.

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