The Ultimate Guide to the Best Wine Hotels in France

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For many people, the joy of exploring France is the chance to sample its wines in the regions in which they’re made; for some people, it is the only reason for visiting France. Fortunately, French hoteliers realise this, and so looking for wine hotels in France becomes a pleasurable task. Some hotels lie deep in the vineyards - roll out of bed and into the vines, more or less - while many specialise in wine tours and tastings.

As good wines deserve good accompaniments, it goes without saying that these French wine hotels also score highly for their food - whether Michelin-star gourmet standard or French provincial cooking at its best.

So, where to go? Making a choice is both the joy and the hardship as each region throws up distinctly different wines determined by the ‘terroir’, the vigneron’s skills and, of course, the grape - in France, over 60 varieties are grown.

Burgundy and Bordeaux rival one another for producing France’s finest wines. Other people are lured by the more subtle wines of the Loire. The Rhône is best-known for its spicy reds; by contrast, Alsace is home of tall-bottled whites while Beaujolais is famed for its youthful red wines. The Savoie and Languedoc-Roussillon wine regions also have their distinct charms. Other people just start as they mean to go on and head straight for Reims, capital of glorious Champagne.

We have sipped and tasted our way around these regions and found some of the most delightful places to stay. Use our guide to the best wine hotels in France and you can do the same.

Wine hotels in Champagne

Let’s not beat about the bush: the reason people come to Reims and Épernay, the region’s two principal centres, is to taste the bubbly stuff. Wine has been produced here since Roman times, but commercial Champagne only since the 19th century when glass-moulding techniques had been developed that were strong enough to contain the fizz of the grapes’ double fermentation process.

You can take tours around the Grand Marque Champagne houses, such as Taittinger and Mumm, and their ‘caves’. A less costly way of learning about techniques, while still sampling, is to visit the smaller vignerons.

There’s a clutch of hotels with Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from.

  • In Reims, for example, L’Assiette Champenoise has half-timbered exteriors and sleek interiors; some rooms with balconies and Jacuzzi baths.
  • Château les Crayeres is drop-dead château-gorgeous with classically designed rooms, a vast terrace and around 400 Champagnes to try.
  • To the south, in Épernay, the small, family-run, Les Berceaux has a charming atmosphere and a passion for food, hence its two restaurants, one of which has earned a Michelin star.

Near Epernay

  • In Épernay you'll find the sleek, parquet-floor-and-chic-cream La Villa Eugene - it was once owned by the Mercier family.
  • A little to the south, Château d’Etoges has all the château essentials - four-poster beds, grand fireplaces, moat - as well as a spa and wellness centre.

Wine hotels in Burgundy

Known since Roman times for its wines, Burgundy’s finest are concentrated in two regions: the Côte d’Or around Dijon and Beaune, and Chablis. The former produces the revered Côte de Nuits red wines and Côte de Beaune whites. Chablis is noted for the famous dry whites of the chardonnay grape. Indeed, some people believe the Chablis grand crus are the finest white wines in France.

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  • La Maison d’Olivier Leflaive, a 17th-century townhouse surrounded by the vineyards of Puligny Montrachet, near Beaune, is owned by a wine producer
  • A little further south, Lameloise, another handsome townhouse, is a family-run affair with renowned restaurant; definitely a foodies haunt.
  • In Beaune itself, the choice ranges from the romantic, antique-filled Les Jardins de Lois B&B to the opulent Louis XlV-furnished Hotel Le Cep.
  • A perfect bolthole in the Chablis region is Hôtel de Vieux Moulin. A mix of bold contemporary and original features, there’s a quiet terrace to savour the local wines plus an excellent regional menu.

Wine Hotels in Bordeaux

The fabled vineyards of Bordeaux spread out from the eponymous city in a vast semicircle, from the northern region of Médoc - with its famous names such as Pauillac and St-Estèphe - through the fortified medieval town of St-Émilion in the east to Sauternes in the south.

For many people, a wine hotel in France means a chateau. The Bordeaux region does not disappoint.

  • Check out Les Sources de Courdalie to the south of Bordeaux. It has all the essentials: wood-panelled rooms, lake, tower, vineyards streaming away in serried ranks, two restaurants plus its own hot spring to feed its spa.
  • Equally sophisticated is La Reserve au Pavillon du Château Raba, with just nine cream-on-cream rooms, elegant restaurant and small spa.
  • Château Grand Barrail, just outside St-Émilion, is fairytale-perfect with towers and turrets, opulent four-poster beds and a top-of-the-range spa.
  • More modestly priced, but still a castle, Château de Courtebotte has just three country-style rooms, a pool and views over the Dordogne River.
  • L'Autre Vie may not be a chateau, but its location - surrounded by the vineyards of Camiran - is unbeatable. This farmhouse conversion offers a piece of rural luxury, with astonishing attention to detail and it's great value too.

Wine hotels of the Rhône valley

Some of France’s oldest vineyards are found between Vienne and Valence in the Rhône valley. Here you’ll find appellations such as Côte Rotie and Crozes-Hermitage. The other famed areas are around Châteauneuf-du-Pape, between Avignon and Orange, and the villages on the slopes of the Dentelles de Montmirail.

  • Food-lovers will make a beeline for Maison Pic, in Valence, the sleek designer hotel where chef Anne-Sophie Pic heads its three-Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • Close to Bollène, Château de Massillan is a romantic château with elegantly cool interiors, covered terrace, large pool and turret bedrooms.
  • Further south, near Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Château de Varenne has a pretty Provencal feel, idyllic gardens and pool, and organises wine tours.
  • To the east, in the heart of the Gigondas region you'll find Les Florets, a charming family run property set amid the vineyards. The restaurants serves delicious food accompanied by their own wines.

Wine hotels of the Alsace

On France’s eastern border with Germany, the Alsace region’s Rhine valley produces a string of white wines with Germanic-sounding names but a definite French flavour. Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris are the names to look out for. The main wine areas are between Marlenheim and Mulhouse: the famous ‘Route des Vins’.

  • Hôtel a la Ferme, in the small village of Osthouse on the Rhine, is a slick and chic farmhouse conversion with a recommended restaurant and bicycles for exploring the famed ‘Route des Vins’.
  • Equally well-placed, in Ottrot, L’Ami Fritz is a sturdy stone village house with cosily traditional interior, hearty Alsatian food and an outdoor pool.
  • For a romantic escape, try the chalet-style Le Clos St Vincent, Ribeauville, set high amongst the vineyards with balconied rooms and indoor pool.
  • Despite its traditional exterior, Le Chambard, in Kaysersberg, offers sleek bedrooms and a spa as well as free use of bicycles to take you deep into the vineyards.

Wine Hotels of the Loire

The Loire valley is worth exploring even if you don’t visit the vineyards. Its breath-taking châteaux and grand mansions have earned the valley a UNESCO listing as a World Heritage site. Not as famous as Bordeaux and Burgundy, nevertheless the Loire’s wines are up there amongst France’s finest and include the beautifully crisp Sancerre and the great white Muscadet, the latter perfect with shellfish. The fine Touraine reds include Chinon and Bourgeuil while Saumur and Vouvray both produce sparkling wines that can rival Champagne, and at a fraction of the price.

This region has some of the most varied wine hotels in France.

  • If you want a good, comfortable base without unnecessary frills, Hotel l’Adresse in Tours is a crisply furnished townhouse hotel, excellent value, and well-placed for touring the vineyards.
  • Manoir du Bois Noblet, a charming 16th-century mansion between Angers and Saumur, is also well-priced and offers traditionally furnished rooms amidst beams and exposed stone.
  • For not many more Euros, you can relax in a former 12th-century monastery at Le Prieuré in pretty Dissay sour Cour.

Of course, there are dozens of châteaux-turned-hotels where you can live out your French fantasy.

  • Château de Beaulieu, near Tours, has elegant rooms set amidst terraced gardens, plus a spa.
  • To the east of Tours, at Amboise, Château de Pray dates to the 13th century and has antique-strewn rooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • Also near Amboise, Le Choiseul is a romantic château with richly wallpapered rooms, pool and restaurant overlooking the Loire.
  • In the western Loire, Château le Breil near Angers, offers refined elegance amidst rolling parkland.
  • For something special, try the Domaine des Hauts de Loire near Blois a former hunting lodge with vast rooms, plenty of rustic beams, acres of parkland and a two-Michelin-starred restaurant. A perfect hideaway.

Wine hotels of the Beaujolais region

Overlapping Burgundy to the north and the Rhône to the south are the famed villages of the Beaujolais region. In the Saône valley, and centred round Fleurie and Villefranche, these vineyards grow the Gamay grape that produces the light, fruity red wines which are usually drunk when young.

  • Auberge du Clochemerle, in Vaux-en-Beaujolais, is an excellent-value spot from which to explore this region. A traditional village inn, it has great dollops of charm and an unexpectedly good restaurant.
  • More upscale, romantic Château du Pizay at Saint-Jean-d’Ardières, has topiary gardens, a pool overlooking the vines and a gourmet restaurant.
  • For sheer wanton luxury, Château de Bagnols presses all the right buttons: vast rooms shimmering with antiques and panelling, heavenly views over vineyards and lake, 100-year-old lime trees and a romantic terrace.

Wine hotels of the Savoie

The sub-Alpine slopes of the Savoie region, south of Lake Geneva on France’s eastern border with Switzerland, produce wines that, like the air, are fresh and crisp. And predominantly white - although the red Mondeuse is deservedly popular. The two main appellations are Bugey and Vin de Savoie; due to the hilly terrain, their vineyards are scattered in isolated pockets separated by towns, mountains and lakes. So the best wine hotels in this region of France are as much about the views as the wines.

  • The fairtyale, ivy-clad Chateau de la Tour du Puits, near Cruet, is set in rolling countryside with views to the peaks of the Haute Savoie. Inside it’s all spiral staircases, exposed beams and soft-white furnishings. There’s also a pool and spa.
  • On the shores of Lake Annecy, we’ve discovered two hotels. Hotel Clos Marcel is a chic, stylish affair with dark-wood floors, huge windows and designer furnishings. It boasts a private beach, too.
  • Not to be outdone, Yoann Contes has a private pontoon, rooms in grand-Alpine-chalet style with balconies, plus there’s a two-Michelin-starred restaurant.

Wine hotels of Languedoc-Roussillon

The dry, stony hills and sunny climate of this southern coastal region of France produce one of the country’s widest variety of wines. It was the Romans who first spotted the land’s potential; some of the coastal regions have been producing wines continuously for over 2000 years. Names to conjure with include Gaillac, Corbières, Cotes du Roussillon, Costières de Nîmes and Muscat.

  • A charming, blue-shuttered hotel near the vineyards of Minervois, Le Bastide Cabezac has simple cool rooms of creamy drapes and tiled floors. With outdoor pool, sunny terrace and Mediterranean cooking, it represents excellent value.
  • Romantics will fall for Riberach, a sleek designer hotel set beneath medieval Bélesta Castle, near Perpignan. There are great views from the pool deck and a gourmet restaurant, too.
  • Wine-lovers will be in their element at Couvent d’Herepian, in the village of the same name. Not only has this former convent been converted with panache - all polished stone floors and creamy-restful tones - and is surrounded by vineyards but it boasts an excellent wine cellar, too.
  • For sheer wanton luxury, take a look at Domaine de Verchant, near Montpellier. This country house is set in acres of vineyards, has uber-chic, glossy rooms plus a spa and gourmet restaurant. A five-star wow.

Whether you know your wines like a seasoned sommelier or, like many of us, you buy the best offer at the supermarket, France will not disappoint. Using our guide to the best wine hotels in France, you can plan a trip whether you want to stay in one place or plot a meandering route through the vineyards. Santé!

  • L'Assiette Champenoise Tinqueux, Champagne 35 rooms from £169

    A traditional looking timbered house with uber modern interiors. Excellent restaurant serves gourmet cuisine and has an extensive wine list. Huge rooms and suites with private balconies and jacuzzi bath tubs.

    Foodies  -  Arnaud Lallement's cuisine has earned two michelin stars
    Restaurant  -  Two Michelin Stars
    Private Hot Tub  -  The terrace suite has a private double jacuzzi tub
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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  • Chateau Les Crayeres Reims, Champagne 20 rooms from £312

    An exceptional Five Star chateau with a Michelin star chef and beautiful rooms. Luxury, romance, and the finest attention to detail throughout. Classical furniture and sumptuous fabrics. With 400 Champagne labels it's a very sophisticated hotel.

    Good wine list  -  There are over 600 champagne labels to choose from!
    Foodies  -  Restaurant Le Parc holds two Michelin stars
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Fodors
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  • Les Berceaux Epernay 28 rooms from £82

    Family run hotel in Epernay, the heart of the Champagne region. The world's most famous champagne houses in the Avenue de Champagne are close by. Les Berceaux is all about the cuisine with two restaurants - the Michelin starred Michelon and the Bistrot 7.

    Restaurant  -  Hotel owner and chef Patrick Michelon and his dedicated team prepare an unforgettable menu
    Restaurant with rooms  -  The emphasis of this charming hotel is on the two restuarants
    Good wine list  -  Superb wine list with champagne by the glass to sample
    Owner managed
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  • La Villa Eugene Epernay 15 rooms from £129

    A highly sophisticated and very luxurious city spot that once belonged to the Mercier family. Seamless bedrooms and suites decorated in chic creams with parquet floors and fireplaces. An elegant conservatory bar looks onto a pool and the gardens.

    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Explore all the champagne houses
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor heated pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Chateau d'Etoges Étoges, Champagne 28 rooms from £86

    A stately chateau surrounded by vineyards and parklands. Opulent bedrooms have four poster beds, fireplaces, parquet floors, and high ceilings. An excellent spa and wellness centre and Orangery restaurant. Fit for a King.

    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Good location for visits to the Champagne houses
    Great walks  -  Lots of local hiking trails
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • La Maison d'Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy 13 rooms from £107

    Quaint 17th Century townhouse hotel in the heart of Burgundy's best vineyards. Spacious bedrooms are a charming blend of traditional and contemporary and the two suites have a private terrace. Burgundian cuisine is paired with the best wines of the region and from the family winery.

    Wine tasting  -  In the Burgundy wine region. The hotel is owned by a wine producer
    Local markets  -  Explore local French markets
    Sights nearby  -  Just 15 mins from Beaune
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  • Lameloise Chagny 16 rooms from £161

    Superb food at this iconic restaurant with attractive rooms. A family run affair with a rich gastronomic heritage. The dining room at the heart of the house serves fantastic and unpretentious cuisine. A hotspot for foodies and local explorers.

    Foodies  -  Chef Éric Pras and Frédéric Lamy have won this iconic restaurant a Michelin star for its innovative delicate cuisine.
    Local exploring  -  Surrounded by wine country and historical towns, this is an ideal base for soaking up the Burgundy countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the historic town of Chagny, with churches from the 11th, 12th and 17th centuries plus pretty streets and shops.
    Great walks  -  Work up your appetite for dinner with walks through the magical forests, canals, vinyards and hills.
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Michelin Travel, Frommers
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  • Les Jardins de Lois Beaune 4 rooms from £134

    A splendid little B&B in Beaune. Boutique rooms modelled on vintage wines feature lilacs and creams, antiques, oriental rugs, large bathrooms, some with garden views. Wine cellar, charming breakfast room and lovely gardens filled with magnolias. A romantic choice for wine lovers.

    Foodies  -  Capital of the Burgundy region, with numerous vineyards to visit. Wine expert hotel owners; tours and tasting in the cellars.
    Cooking classes  -  Le Charlemagne school
    Sights nearby  -  Hospices de Beaune
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Hotel Le Cep Beaune 64 rooms from £153

    A great Four Star hotel in Beaune. Opulent rooms and suites have Louis XIV furnishings and colourful wallpapers. Excellent gourmet cuisine, stunning bar area and cavernouse dining room. Charming courtyards and cosy public spaces. Romantic, gourmet, very luxurious.

    Foodies  -  Beaune is the capital of the Burgundian wine region, so extensive vineyard and tasting trips. Cooking lessons onsite as well.
    Romantic Break  -  Discover some of the most beautiful caves of Beaune following by a candle lit dinner in the wine cellar
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance to the Basilique Notre-Dame
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels, Michelin Travel
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  • Hotel du vieux moulin Chablis, Burgundy 7 rooms from £96

    A chic hotel in the wine region of Chablis. Rooms blend the modern with the traditional; exposed beams, contemporary furniture and large bathrooms. A lovely terrace on which to enjoy a drink, and excellent regional dishes in the restaurant. The perfect bolt hole for a tasting trip.

    Foodies  -  Not only home to one of the best grapes, but Chablis hosts many patisseries, regional delights such as grilled tripe sausage
    Sights nearby  -  Noyers-sur-Serein, Mailly-le-Chateau
    Local markets  -  Every Sunday
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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  • La Reserve au Pavillon du Chateau Raba Bordeaux 9 rooms from £156

    A glorious sandstone chateau in the heart of south Bordeaux. Boutique rooms and suites offer the height of luxury with four poster beds, creamy furnishings, and works of art. Fabulous fine dining restaurant and an excellent wine list, spa treatments, and pool. Totally pampering, very sophisticated.

    Foodies  -  Fantastic fine dining restaurant.
    Romantic Break
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
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  • Les Sources de Caudalie Martillac, Gironde 49 rooms from £182

    A beautiful chateau, vineyard, spa hotel, and Five Star setting. Classical, elegant, and luxurious rooms and suites. Fantastic French cuisine in two restaurants, a world class wine list, and a unique natural spa set on a hot spring. Wonderfully indulgent.

    Garden  -  Fabulous gardens and vineyards to explore and taste from.
    Spa breaks  -  The chateau is positioned over a natural hot spring.
    Good wine list  -  Some of the world's finest wines.
    Foodies  -  Fantastic French cooking.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller
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  • Chateau Grand Barrail St Émilion 46 rooms from £175

    An opulent chateau just outside Saint-Emilion. Four star luxury, though it feels more, includes lavish bedrooms with four poster beds, a top of the range spa with all the facilities, and a fantastic fine dining restaurant. Bikes, golf, tennis on site. Utterly gourmet, luxurious, and sophisticated.

    Foodies  -  Fantastic fine dining restaurant and excellent wine lists.
    Views  -  Stunning views over the vines and landscaped gardens.
    Romantic Break  -  Opulent rooms have silk drapes and four poster beds.
    Spa breaks  -  Top of the range spa facilities.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • L'Autre Vie Gironde 4 rooms from £87

    Family owned and run boutique bed and breakfast consisting of four luxurious double rooms set in an idyllic 18th century French farmhouse. Each room has a private terrace with stunning views across the surrounding vineyards. Glorious pool with outdoor deck for relaxing.

    Sights nearby  -  Pictureque villages nearby including country's smallest village and UNESCO listed Saint Emilion village
    Kayaking  -  Canoeing
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Maison Pic Valence 16 rooms from £165

    Luxurious, contemporary hotel which is renowned for it's three Michelin Starred restaurant - headed by Chef Anne-Sophie Pic. Bedrooms are cool and sleek with designer pieces from Bruno Borrione. Enjoy the beautiful garden and outdoor swimming pool. A foodies delight.

    Cooking classes  -  Available at the hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Château de Varenne Gard 11 rooms from £156

    In the heart of the provence countryside sits this charming hotel overlooking the Rhone Valley. Enjoy a stay in the lovely comfortable bedrooms, then fling open the pretty blue french shutters and revel in the view of the beautiful gardens and swimming pool. A picture perfect place in Provence.

    Sights nearby  -  A good base from which to visit Avignon, the Pont du Gard and Saint Rémy de Provence
    Spa  -  Massage and beauty therapist on request
    Cooking classes  -  Cooking classes at the Chateau
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor swimming pool
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  • Les Florêts Gigondas, Provence 15 rooms from £78

    A charming family-run hotel set amid vineyards, lush gardens and century-old trees. Rooms are elegant and light. Excellent local cuisine is served on a shaded terrace with wine from the hotel vineyard. Lounge by the pool and enjoy the panoramic views. The ideal Provence property.

    Country Escape  -  An enchanting getaway- sip wine at the foot of the majestic Dentelles de Montmirail, surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards.
    Local markets  -  Check out the weekly picturesque Provençal markets displaying a wide range of local produce.
    Great walks  -  Over 300 km of marked hiking trails wind through lavender fields and vineyards.
    Sights nearby  -  Day trips are possible to Orange, Avignon or Vaison-la-Romaine.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Hôtel à la Ferme Osthouse, Alsace 15 rooms from £77

    Just south of Strasbourg in a small village on the banks of Rhine, a chic farmhouse conversion overlooking a beautiful château. Rooms are an eclectic mix of contemporary design & antiques. Borrow a bike and explore the Alsace wine routes. Enjoy gourmet local French cuisine at the restaurant.

    Views  -  Overlooks Osthouse Chateau
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Full of character
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • L'Ami Fritz Ottrott 22 rooms from £88

    A delightful 18th Century stone house in the midst of the wine growing region. Views of Mont Saint Odile. Delicious Alsacienne seasonal food served in the cosy traditional interior or on the terrace in Ottrott-Le-Haut. Heated outdoor pool for relaxing after a day's exploring. A piece of heaven!

    Wine tasting  -  Winetasting nearby. le rouge d'Ottrott & Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Crémant, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Muscat, Crémant…
    Sights nearby  -  Ancient monastery dedicated to St Odile, patron saint of Alsace.
    Great walks  -  Lovely countryside for walking and hiking for all abilities
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool heated from May to September
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  • Le Clos St Vincent Ribeauville 24 rooms from £112

    A romantic Four Star hotel set in the hills with valley views and vineyards around. Rooms and suites in the style of wood cabins have elegant furnishings, all the mod cons, and private balconies. Dinner served in the restaurant, indoor pool, and therapeutic spa facilities. A country escape.

    Views  -  Stunning valley views from all angles.
    Sights nearby  -  St. Ulrich Fortress, Centre de Reintroduction des Cigognes et des Loutres, Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg and Kayserberg Castle.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • Le Chambard Colmar 32 rooms from £130

    This hotel provides the utmost in comfort and mod-cons for its guests. The bedrooms are comfortable and chic and the indoor pool and spa offers the chance to unwind. Located in the charming village of Kaysersburg this is the perfect spot for local exploring, be it hiking, cycling or wine tasting.

    Fishing  -  The hotel can help you organise a day of catch-and-release fly fishing with a guide
    Bicycles available  -  Le Chambard can lend guests hybrid bicycles free of charge
    Spa  -  A range of treatments and massages on offer.
    Great walks  -  Wine-country footpaths will take you right to the heart of the vineyards to meet the producers working there.​
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  • Hotel l'Adresse Tours 17 rooms from £61

    Attractive townhouse B&B with large wooden-beamed rooms, some with private balconies. Well placed for sight seeing and excellent value for money.

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  In the heart of mediaeval Tours
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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  • Manoir du Bois Noblet Louerre, Loire Valley 3 rooms from £78

    A lovely 16th Century stone mansion surrounded by scenic vineyards and private garden. Bedrooms have stone walls, exposed wooden beams and four poster beds. Antique furniture give the chateau an authentic feel. Breakfast is served daily in the dining room and evening meals are available on request.

    Wine tasting  -  Explore the local wine region
    Other Activities  -  Children's playground
    Trekking  -  Hiking routes nearby
    Cycling  -  Bicycles for hire
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  • Le Prieuré, Loire Valley Dissay sous Courcillon, Loire Valley 3 rooms from £78

    In a delightful village in the Loire valley, this 12th century former monastery has been in the same family for many years. Three spacious rooms, each with a garden view, are full of character with exposed beams and antique furnishings. A perfect retreat for families; peaceful and lots to do!

    Intimate  -  Only three rooms. Why not book all three with family and friends and have the place to yourselves?
    Sights nearby  -  The old city of Tours, the castles of the Loire valley
    Great walks  -  Explore the Bercé forest
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
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  • Chateau de Beaulieu, Tours Tours 17 rooms from £84

    Elegant rural chateau with an excellent spa and gourmet restaurant. Beautiful gardens and terraces and stately salons. A country escape ideal for weddings, foodies, and families.

    Sights nearby  -  10 mins from Tours city centre and easy access to all the Loire chateaux
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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  • Chateau de Pray Amboise, Loire Valley 17 rooms from £110

    Impressive 13th century chateau in the Loire Valley. Charming rooms and suites with antique furniture and all the mod-cons. Michelin starred restaurant and large garden. Wine tasting and ballooning nearby. An ideal weekend away for foodies.

    Foodies  -  Chef Frédéric Brisset's Michelin-starred restaurant
    Garden  -  12 acres of garden
    Sights nearby  -  Castle of Chenonceau, Da Vinci House and Chambord Castle
    Views  -  Loire River
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Le Choiseul Amboise, Loire Valley 32 rooms from £151

    A stunning chateau in the Loire valley. Rooms are light and traditionally styled with toile de jouy wallpaper. Restaurant dining room overlooking the River Loire. Wine tasting, ballooning and chateaux on the doorstep. A romantic and relaxed choice for couples or families.

    Country House  -  The chateau accommodation is spread across 5 houses
    Architectural  -  A beautiful 18th century building.
    Wine tasting  -  Loire valley vinyards in vicinity
    Riverside  -  Loire riverside
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Chateau le Breil Loire Valley 5 rooms from £100

    This 15th century castle is the ideal place to stay to explore the Western Loire region. The steep roofs and gorgeous white shutters add to the beauty and character of this chateau. The bedrooms maintain their traditional charm whilst providing a comfortable environment for guests to relax in.

    Sights nearby  -  There are many castles and cheateux in the area. Visit the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud and Breze Castle
    Four poster beds  -  One room features a four poster bed
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • Domaine des Hauts de Loire Onzain, Loire Valley 31 rooms from £208

    Classic luxury in a 19th century former hunting lodge and a two Michelin starred chef. What more could you ask for? Happy and charming staff ? This is 'la différence ', the 'je ne sais quoi' of classic service. Vive la différence. This is Domaine des Hauts de Loire.

    Foodies  -  The restaurant has two Michelin stars
    Great walks  -  3 walking trails on the estate
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux, Fodors
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  • Auberge de Clochemerle Vaux-en-Beaujolais, Rhône-Alpes 7 rooms from £65

    A characterful village inn with an excellent gourmet restaurant. Understated charm and great value for money. A more affordable spot to explore the Beaujolais region from.

    Value chic
    Views  -  All rooms have views either over the vineyards or garden
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • Chateau de Pizay Saint-Jean-d'Ardières, Rhône-Alpes 62 rooms from £243

    A romantic chateau surrounded by acres of vineyards in the heart of Beaujolais territory. It has everything - a spa, a gourmet restaurant, fabulous rooms and suites, a swimming pool, and luscious greenery as far as the eye can see. A perfect spot for a wedding.

    Garden  -  Formal gardens set amid 80 hectares of vineyards.
    Good wine list  -  Exceptional cellar.
    Spa breaks
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  • Château de Bagnols Beaujolais, Rhône-Alpes 27 rooms from £253

    Medieval Château oozing romance and elegance making a hideaway luxury hotel. Celestial views over the vines and towards the lake from beautiful bedrooms. Enjoy the dishes at the restaurant, explore the spa treatments and walk under the 100 year old lime trees on the terrace. A romantic's paradise.

    Spa breaks  -  Indulge yourself with a steam in the Hammam followed by hot stone massages, mud wraps and eye masks- what more could you want?
    Romantic Break  -  The French formal gardens, stunning views, couples spa treatments and fairytale interiors ooze romance and glamour.
    Foodies  -  The Michelin-starred 1217 serves up inventive and exciting dishes with a local influence.
    Great walks  -  Wander the hills, vales, vineyards and olive groves of this spectacular stretch of countryside.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux
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  • Hotel Clos Marcel Duingt 14 rooms from £134

    Chic hotel on the edge of Lake Annecy. The contemporary rooms feature dark wood floors, designer furniture and mountain views. Private beach, spa and hot tub. Superb modern cuisine served on the terrace. Stunning views, intimate setting and great value.

    Hideaway  -  Views of the Alps and Lake Annecy, private beach and spa, with quiet gardens and terrace
    Great walks  -  In Bauges regional Park
    Views  -  Over Lake Annecy
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Chateau de la Tour du Puits Coise-Saint-Jean-Pied-Gauthier, Savoie 7 rooms from £148

    A pretty ivy-clad chateau in the countryside. Charming rooms feature exposed beams, soft furnishings and views across the garden. Spa, sauna, outdoor pool and gym to enjoy. Superb regional cuisine and an elegant bar area. Idyllic and quiet, with plenty to do outside.

    Local exploring  -  Amongst the windy roads of the Tour de France, this chateau offers a great base to explore the region's sites.
    Great walks  -  Grab your walking shoes and head off to the Bauges National Park for stunning nature trails.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Yoann Conte Annecy 8 rooms from £166

    Two Michelin stars, a private pontoon, gorgeous gardens and personal balconies from which to observe all these delights. Stunning interiors with a luxury alpine feel. The ideal property for a relaxing, and secluded getaway on the shores of Lake Annecy, with plenty to do in summer or winter.

    Foodies  -  The restaurant has two Michelin Stars
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Couvent d'Herepian Herepian (Languedoc) 13 rooms from £121

    Designer-chic convent renovation surrounded by vineyards. Beautiful rooms and suites mimic the serenity to be found in the luxurious spa or from private terraces. Wine cellar, swimming pool, and plenty of outdoor activities. Relaxation in the rolling countryside.

    Good wine list  -  Exceptional cellar.
    Spa breaks
    Total relaxation
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Riberach Ille sur Tet 18 rooms from £105

    A romantic hotel surrounded by vineyards. Contemporary rooms with views, big bathrooms and artistic touches. A gourmet restaurant, sleek bar, sunny terrace and outdoor pool with sun deck area. Surrounded by hillsides and stunning views. A great choice for a romantic break.

    Romantic Break  -  Set beneath the medieval Bélesta Castle, with wine tasting, balloon rides, vineyard walks and picnics
    Sights nearby  -  Short drive to historic city of Perpignan's sights and attractions, including the Cathar castles
    Cooking classes  -  In hotel restaurant kitchen, catered to your needs
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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  • La Bastide Cabezac Aude 12 rooms from £55

    A charming hotel between the plains of Narbonne and Minervois. Rooms are traditional with stone floors and cream drapes. Outdoor pool, gym, sunny terrace, and excellent Mediterranean cuisine. An authentic, quiet, and good value spot.

    Foodies  -  Nearby is L'Oublio, selling all things made from olives. Visit the Minervois vineyards
    Sights nearby  -  Cathar Chateaux, Homps Cathedral and Les Gorges de la Cesse
    Great walks  -  Along the Canal du Midi
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel
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  • Domaine de Verchant Montpellier (Castelnau le Lez) 26 rooms from £267

    Luxury spa hotel with superb vineyard views, creative Mediterranean cuisine and fun beach-style area, all just a short drive from Montpellier’s city centre.

    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Spa breaks
    Spa  -  With VIP suite for those wanting a completely private experience
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel, Relais & Chateaux
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Written by Helen Pickles

posted Monday, 5th August 2019