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.

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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 £229

    Foodies  -  Arnaud Lallement's cuisine has earned three Michelin stars, it is truly a homage to France and French produce.
    Wine tasting  -  The hotels wine list offers over 1000 Champagne's (many small producers and unique bottles) and 1200 wines.
    Hotel Entertainment  -  The hotels garden is a peaceful place to sit with a book or a cup of coffee and recharge.
    Other Activities  -  Mske sure to take a dip in the hotels pool, heated and open all day it is well worth it.
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    A traditional timbered house, gives way to uber modern interiors and wonderfully curated spaces. The restaurant serves truly exceptional cuisine, with an emphasis on produce and flavour, and a remarkably extensive wine list. Huge rooms and suites with private balconies and hot tub bath tubs. See More

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  • Chateau Les Crayeres Reims, Champagne 20 rooms from £312

    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.
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux, Fodors

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

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  • Les Berceaux Epernay 28 rooms from £82

    Foodies  -  Chef Patrick Michelon and his dedicated team prepare an unforgettable menu, plus the champagne list is to die for.
    Museums  -  The Museum of Old Champagne Crafts is nearby where you can see what loval crafts have existed here in the region.
    Wine tasting  -  Take a tour of Épernay, guided by Champagne connoisseurs through all the great vineyards of this area.
    Romantic Break  -  With Champagne flowing and Michelin starred cuisine, you will pass a very enjoyable getaway.

    Family run hotel in Epernay, the heart of the Champagne region, with the world famous Avenue de Champagne close by. The contemporary rooms are comfortable and well equipped, but the cuisine really takes centre stage at the two restaurants - the Michelin starred Michelon and the Bistrot 7. See More

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  • La Villa Eugene Epernay 15 rooms from £254

    City Style  -  No doubt the most stylish choice in town, a bold mix of modern interiors and historic features, as well as a lovely garden pool.
    Local exploring  -  Once owned by one of the most famous Champagne Magnets, Eugène Mercier, you are embedded in the regions history.
    Other Activities  -  The hotel works in partnership with some of the towns best restaurants, all within walking distance of the hotel.
    Wine tasting  -  Make the most of the regions produce, you are perfectly placed to visit the three major Routes de Champagne.
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • Chateau d'Etoges Étoges, Champagne 28 rooms from £113

    Other Activities  -  Built in the 17th century by the Counts of Anglure, the castle has a long and interesting history, make sure to take a tour.
    Wine tasting  -  Etoges is very close to the "Côte des Blancs", a famous region of Champagne where the "Blanc de Blancs" is produced.
    Short break  -  They offer 1, 2, or 3 night packages for romantic breaks with bottles of Champagne, dinner and bubbly breakfast.
    Total relaxation  -  A pampering destination, from the opulent rooms, to the gournet cuisine, stunning grounds and indulgent spa.
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    A stately chateau surrounded by vineyards and parklands. Traditional style bedrooms, the best with four poster beds, fireplaces, parquet floors, and high ceilings. A small spa and wellness centre and Orangery restaurant for gourmet french cuisine. Fit for a King. See More

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  • La Maison d'Olivier Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet 17 rooms from £143

    Chic  -  A real merging of styles include Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Pop, contemporary, and retro which all come together suprisingly well
    Foodies  -  Two dining options — the bistro offers casual seasonal cuisine and there's a fine dining option too. Both are very good!
    Romantic Break  -  With atmospheric rooms, gourmet dining, and wine tasting — this is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway
    Wine tasting  -  Wine tourism is a serious business here with sommelier-led vineyard tours, cellar tours, and wine tastings
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    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. See More

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  • Lameloise Chagny 16 rooms from £178

    Foodies  -  Chef Éric Pras and Frédéric Lamy have won this iconic restaurant three 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
    Designer  -  Well chosen contemporary art sits against exposed stonework in this beautifully styled property
    Wine tasting  -  The hotel organises a brilliant tour of the surrounding wine country
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    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. See More

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  • Les Jardins de Lois Beaune 5 rooms from £156

    Foodies  -  Beaune is choc full of great places to eat with two Michelin starred restaurants and plenty more that feature in the guide!
    Wine tasting  -  The hotel owners make their own (very good) wine and offer tastings and tours of their private cellar
    Local exploring  -  Located in the heart of the city yet it feels very quiet and secluded due to its spacious garden
    Self catering to rent  -  There is a two bed two bath apartment which sleeps four and has a fully equipped kitchen
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    A splendid little B&B in central Beaune. Boutique rooms modelled on vintage wines feature lilacs and creams, antiques, oriental rugs, large bathrooms and some have garden views. Wine cellar, charming breakfast room and lovely gardens filled with magnolias. A romantic choice for wine lovers. See More

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  • Hotel Le Cep Beaune 64 rooms from £338

    Foodies  -  The gourmet restaurant is overseen by the Bernard Loiseau group and offers delicious traditional regional dishes
    Traditional  -  Wood, antiques, trompe-l’oeil and Renaissance sculptures maintain the period charm throughout the rooms
    Romantic Break  -  Discover some of the most beautiful caves of Beaune followed by a candle lit dinner in the wine cellar
    Spa  -  Spa Marie De Bourgogne offering Ayurvedic treatments
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    An elegant luxury hotel in Beaune known for its gastronomy. Opulent rooms & suites have Louis XIV furnishings and colourful wallpapers. Excellent gourmet regional cuisine, stunning bar area and Ayurvedic spa. Romantic, gourmet, and very luxurious. See More

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  • Hotel du Vieux Moulin Chablis, Burgundy 7 rooms from £108

    Foodies  -  Not only home to one of the best grapes, but Chablis hosts many patisseries, regional delights such as grilled tripe sausage
    Sights nearby  -  Visit local attractions including Saint-Martin church, the Saint-Pierre de Chablis church and the Saint-Côme priory
    Historic  -  An 18th century millhouse set in the heart of historic Chablis boasting plenty of traditional character
    Wine tasting  -  The property is part of the Domaine Laroche winery where guests can sample produce and buy wines
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    A chic hotel in the wine region of Chablis. Rooms blend the modern with the traditional. Expect exposed beams, contemporary furniture and large bathrooms. There's a lovely terrace on which to enjoy local wines and an excellent regional restaurant. The perfect bolt hole for a tasting trip. See More

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  • Domaine de Raba Bordeaux 9 rooms from £156

    Wine tasting  -  Visit the surrounding châteaux, such as Chateau Margaux, Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Haut Brion and many more
    Foodies  -  There are three restaurants to choose from all by Provençal chef Flora Mikula and each more fabulous than the last
    Romantic Break  -  A picturesque honey-stone mansion, set amid leafy oak filled grounds boasting a pool, three restaurants and spa
    Great walks  -  Can't tear yourself away from this heavenly hideaway? Wander the grounds and make it back in time for dinner!
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • Les Sources de Caudalie Martillac, Gironde 49 rooms from £573

    Spa breaks  -  The chateau is positioned over a natural hot spring and he Caudalie spa is renowned for its trademark vinotherapy treatments.
    Foodies  -  Fantastic French cooking. The two Michelin Starred La Grand'Vigne restaurant should not be missed.
    Good wine list  -  You'll find some of the world's finest wines in the 1200 strong cellar
    Garden  -  Fabulous gardens and vineyards to explore and taste from.
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels, Mr & Mrs Smith

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

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  • Chateau Grand Barrail St Émilion (Gironde) 46 rooms from £175

    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.
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    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. See More

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  • Maison Pic Valence 16 rooms from £165

    Cooking classes  -  Available at the hotel
    Short break
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    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. See More

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  • Château de Varenne Gard 11 rooms from £130

    Sights nearby  -  A good base from which to visit Avignon, the Pont du Gard and Saint Rémy de Provence
    Restaurant  -  For lunch and dinner at the Château, groups are only received upon reservation
    Spa  -  Massage and beauty therapist on request
    Cooking classes  -  Cooking classes at the Chateau
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    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. See More

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  • Les Florêts Vaison La Romaine (84190 Gigondas) 15 rooms from £69

    Country Escape  -  An enchanting getaway — sip wine at the foot of the majestic Dentelles de Montmirail, surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards
    Wine tasting  -  Sample the wines produced on site by the owners, a thoroughly enjoyable way to pass an evening
    Less £  -  With rooms starting at just 80 Euros, this is a very reasonably priced Provence hideaway
    Great walks  -  Over 300 km of marked hiking trails wind through lavender fields and vineyards
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • Hôtel à la Ferme Osthouse, Alsace 15 rooms from £77

    Restaurant  -  A l'Aigle d'Or - French fine dining
    Views  -  Overlooks Osthouse Chateau
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    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. See More

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  • L'Ami Fritz Ottrott 22 rooms from £88

    Wine tasting  -  Winetasting nearby. le rouge d'Ottrott & Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Crémant, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Muscat, Crémant…
    Restaurant  -  Offering seasonal local produce and Alsace specialities in the "WInstub" & "Kamistub"
    Sights nearby  -  Ancient monastery dedicated to St Odile, patron saint of Alsace.
    Great walks  -  Lovely countryside for walking and hiking for all abilities
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    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! See More

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  • Le Clos St Vincent Ribeauville 24 rooms from £112

    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.
    Restaurant  -  Dinner only.
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    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. See More

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  • Le Chambard Colmar 32 rooms from £195

    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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    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. See More

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  • Hotel l'Adresse Tours 17 rooms from £69

    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  In the heart of mediaeval Tours
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

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

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  • Le Prieuré, Loire Valley Dissay sous Courcillon, Loire Valley 3 rooms from £95

    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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    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! See More

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  • Château de Beaulieu, Tours Tours 17 rooms from £84

    Sights nearby  -  10 mins from Tours city centre and easy access to all the Loire chateaux
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

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

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  • Chateau de Pray Amboise, Loire Valley 17 rooms from £110

    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
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Le Choiseul Amboise, Loire Valley 32 rooms from £151

    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
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    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels

    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. See More

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  • Domaine des Hauts de Loire Onzain, Loire Valley 31 rooms from £208

    Families  -  Not only are there activities galore here, but during school holidays they also run a kids club
    Foodies  -  The restaurant has two Michelin stars
    Restaurant  -  Run by well-known French chef Remy Giraud
    Great walks  -  3 walking trails on the estate
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux, Fodors

    Classic luxury in a 19th century former hunting lodge and a two Michelin starred chef, plus happy and charming staff! Rooms and suites are traditionally dressed and luxuriously appointed with beautiful linen and Clarins smellies. Plus there's a pool, tennis & petanque. Simply wonderful! See More

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  • Auberge de Clochemerle Vaux-en-Beaujolais, Burgundy 7 rooms from £95

    Contemporary  -  Despite the historic exterior, interiors are chic and contemporary with a pared-back colour palette and simple modern furniture
    Good wine list  -  Expect a particularly good selection of Beaujolais wines from local grape varieties. A food and wine pairing is a must
    Foodies  -  The restaurant is the real highlight. Here Michelin starred chef Romain Barthe creates innovative regional cuisine
    Value chic  -  With contemporary design and gourmet dining, the rooms here are very reasonably priced
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    A characterful village inn with an excellent gourmet restaurant in Southern Burgundy. The ten rooms are simple but chic and ooze understated charm; all boast vineyard or garden views. A more affordable spot to explore the Beaujolais region from. See More

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  • Chateau de Pizay Saint-Jean-d'Ardières, Burgundy 62 rooms from £152

    Spa  -  Large spa with hydrotherapy pool, sauna, hammam, multi-sensory shower and wide range of treatments
    Wine tasting  -  The property offers a wine history walk in the park and wine-initiation course in the vineyard
    Foodies  -  The restaurant serves innovative modern dishes using produce from the region
    Garden  -  The formal gardens set amid 80 hectares of vineyards are a real highlight
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    A historic 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 a beautifully manicured garden. With wine tours on site, this is a classic Burgundy stay perfect for couples. See More

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  • Château de Bagnols Beaujolais, Burgundy 27 rooms from £228

    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
    Cooking classes  -  Cooking classes are available from the in-house world class chefs
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Relais & Chateaux

    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. See More

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  • Hotel Clos Marcel Duingt 14 rooms from £134

    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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    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. See More

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  • Yoann Conte Annecy 8 rooms from £166

    Foodies  -  The restaurant has two Michelin Stars
    Lakeside  -  Right on the shores of Lake Annecy with private pontoon on the water.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    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. See More

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  • Couvent d'Herepian Hérépian (Languedoc) 13 rooms from £121

    Spa breaks  -  The spa offers a gorgeous indoor pool, and a wide range of treatments featuring Mediterranean herbs and oils
    Good wine list  -  Exceptional cellar.
    Total relaxation
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith

    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. See More

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  • Riberach Ille-sur-Têt 18 rooms from £105

    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
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • La Bastide Cabezac Aude 12 rooms from £55

    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.
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    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. See More

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  • Domaine de Verchant Montpellier (Castelnau le Lez) 26 rooms from £267

    Spa breaks  -  The huge spa offers indoor pool with countercurrent swim system, gym, experience shower, hot tub, Turkish bath, saunas & more.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Spa  -  With VIP suite for those wanting a completely private experience
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Michelin Travel, Relais & Chateaux

    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. See More

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Written by Helen Pickles

posted Tuesday, 7th June 2022