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

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 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.....

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 Guesthouse accommodation – Grignan – Provençal Drome: Parfum Bleu

Guesthouse accommodation – Grignan – Provençal Drome: Parfum Bleu This beautiful stone-built house is to be found secreted away amidst lavender fields and vineyards, close to the charming old village of Chantemerle-Lès-Grignan. Complete silence reigns in the shady terraced garden with its swimming pool and bowls (pétanque) area. Serge and Lucile will be your hosts and will help you explore both this lovely region known as the ‘Drôme provençale’ and its local produce.

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 La Table des Forges: Restaurant, gîte and guesthouse accommodation in the Drôme

La Table des Forges: Restaurant, gîte and guesthouse accommodation in the Drôme The Table des Forges restaurant, gîte and guesthouse is located at the gateway to the Vercors, in the heart of an unspoilt natural setting. Four fishing lakes and a waterfall are to be found in this lush green haven of peace and quiet. A low water temperature and superb water quality enable our trout to grow slowly, thus ensuring they boast beautifully firm flesh. You’ll be able to savour our local specialities such as the unmistakable taste of freshly-caught trout, fried young trout, foie gras and a variety of lovingly-simmered meat dishes. We have two bedrooms with all mod cons at your disposal. Half board and full board options are also available. This wonderful location will be sure to bring you real rest and relaxation. Feel free to have a look at our internet site; the photographs on display will give you a better idea of this unique little piece of heaven. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Martine and Philippe from the Table des Forges.

Day 1 ♦♦ Morning: Explore the caves at Choranche ♦ Afternoon: Enjoy a walk to the Cascade du Frochet waterfall ♦ Evening meal: at the Table des Forges

Day 2 ♦♦ Morning: Short excursion by paddle steamer on the Isère, then a tour of the Thais caves ♦ Lunch: Various catering options are available on site ♦ Afternoon: See the jardin des fontaines pétrifiantes botanical gardens, with its spring of naturally-petrifying water ♦ Evening meal: evening meal at the Table des Forges

If you stay a little longer…
There is an airfield nearby, offering you the opportunity to see the beauty of the Vercors from on high. Then, just a stone’s throw away from the Table des Forges you have a selection of lovely walking trails, as well as mountain-biking, rock climbing and horse-riding – you can be sure that fun-packed days are in store!

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 Chalet Ambroise - Charming Bed & Breakfast

Chalet Ambroise - Charming Bed & Breakfast Charming 18th Century farm-chalet, renovated in 2004, situated in a small, quiet, sunny hamlet at an altitude of 710m, 1.5 kms from Thônes, 20kms east of Annecy, 60 kms (1 hours drive) from the airports of Geneva & Chambery and 9kms (10 mins drive) from the Aravis ski stations of La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand and Manigod-Croix Fry. Come and spend a relaxing break in one of our 3 spacious, charming bedrooms all with original century old beamed walls and all with private, ensuite facilities including , hair-dryers, complimentary toiletries. AAfter a day exploring our beautiful region, snuggle down in one of our large, super-king size beds, under quality egyptian cotton bedlinen and squidgy 4 seasons duvets, in the peace and quiet of our chalet. Two of the bedrooms can be made easily into twin rooms. The following morning, wake up to the smell of freshly baked croissants, home made jams from our own fruit trees and occasional home made bread and take breakfast whilst listening to some chill-out or soft jazz music. We have ample private off street parking and also have a secure barn available all year round for your sports equipment, motorbikes, bicycles. We have a large garden with sun-loungers for In winter, we have a heated ski and boot storage cellar area. Free WIFI access from your own PC.

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 Les Terrasses du Vernolet

Les Terrasses du Vernolet On a hillside, just before reaching the Ardèche plateau, reinvigorate yourself at the heart of a peaceful site. Mathias will welcome you in a place where art and nature exist in perfect harmony.

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