Places to Stay Guides
Guides to hotels, guest houses and B+Bs (chambres d’hotes), self-catering holiday properties (gites) and camping grounds.
For cycling, walking and motor caravanning guides, see our separate touring guides page.
France is blessed with great food and a richness of scenery and rural living that is hard to beat. Go Slow France celebrates fascinating people, fine architecture, history, landscape and real food. You will find places of ravishing beauty, of vast age, where you can eat like emperors. We celebrate the endearing eccentricities of these really special places to stay, and the vivacious hospitality of their owners. Visit them and you will drink wine from their own vineyards, eat vegetables from their own potagers and bread and patisseries from their own kitchens.
An enticing collection of self-catering places that opens doors to the delights of travel in France. From ancient manor houses with designer interiors set in rolling countryside to studio pieds à terre in Paris. With around 400 places the best of France is here. Choose from châteaux, chalets, dovecotes, beamy farmhouses, cottages and all sorts of restorations and clever conversions, for two or for large groups. Stay near beautiful beaches and rivers for swimming, in woodlands and mountains for walking and cycling, wander round market villages or choose a place in Paris – this edition has many more places in cities for those wanting a cultural excursion.
A seductive collection of over 350 hotels, châteaux, auberges and other places – beautiful, unusual and great value. All are selected and inspected by us and are here because we like them. Dip in and find over 100 châteaux, with towers & turrets; stay in a humble auberge in Alpes de Haute Provence, a stone mill in Burgundy or live it up in a boutique hotel in Biarritz. At inns, or restaurants with rooms, food takes priority – most of it is seasonal, fresh and local; in the châteaux, intimate dinners are often hosted around communal tables. Travelling with company? Book an entire hamlet on a mountaintop in the Pyrénées!
This guide offers a selection of over 800 favourite addresses among 10,200 guesthouses. All offers, in addition to their excellent level of comfort (ranking from March to May ears), that special touch of character and refined decoration that distinguishes them. Explore our places in the city with City Break by Gites de France in Bayeux, Lyon, Nevers, Niort … For one or more nights, these beautiful homes, old farms, pigeonlofts or farmhouses, were furnished and decorated in the image of their owners.
Britain’s best B&B guide to France, aimed at independent travellers seeking a special place to stay. Travelling the length and breadth of the country, our French team has selected over 750 B&Bs. Fall in love with a place and stay longer, change your route and stop off somewhere new – there’s great flexibility here. An intriguing range of bed and breakfasts is included: ski chalets, chateaux, farmhouses, treehouses, pieds-a-terre in lovely old cities and studio apartments in tiny mountain hamlets. We meet a wide variety of owners too, from those running authentic old-style ‘chambres d’hotes’ to creative young couples opening eco-chic B&Bs. What they have in common is their devotion to making you feel special. They can also tell you about gastronomic breaks and wine tours, painting, cookery and language courses, and give you the low down on all the best places. Great value for money, too: 300 of these houses have double rooms for 45 – 65 a night.
Special Places to Stay: French Vineyards is a guide that will be irresistible to wine-loving Francophiles. The French wine industry has survived the New World’s invasion of the market and its estates – many of which are run by artisan producers – continue to produce a variety and quality of wine that holds its place in our affections. The writer and researcher, Patrick Hilyer, owns a restaurant in northern France and has found owners who combine wine production with unbeatable hospitality. He has chosen places where there is an emphasis on fine food, convivial meals and an easy-going inclusiveness.
With more than 10,500 addresses of guesthouses throughout France, including 1000 new, this guide is truly the benchmark. You will be received “as friends” among individuals who have designed their home to welcome you and provide you with one or more rooms with private bathrooms. Each address is checked regularly and ranked from 1 to 4 epis according to its environment, its services and comfort, offering a wide range of prices (from € 30 per night for two people). The breakfast always included in the price, you will usually enjoy homemade pastries and jams, and near an address on both, you can enjoy home cooking at the guest table. To help you in your choice, By region, 90 pages of colour maps and detailed index by town. For a weekend or a holiday, you are guaranteed the warmest welcome
Will take you via scenic routes to discover charming French villages, local restaurants and intimate places to stay. Unearth the real soul of France relying on all the practical information you could need, from road conditions and length of drive to parking information and opening hours. Twenty-five themed drives, each lasting one to seven days, reveal breathtaking views, hidden gems and authentic local experiences in France that can only be discovered by road.
Each tour is bursting with insider knowledge and loaded with ideas for varied activities from short walks and longer hikes, days on the beach and children’s attractions, to wine tours, cycling trips and river-rafting. Meanwhile, the most friendly, best-value hotels and guest houses and charming restaurants specialising in regional produce have been selected by expert authors.
Rent a house in the countryside, the sea or mountains, in France, Corsica or in an overseas department, for a short stay or a weekend, Gîtes de France offers you more 3000 addresses of houses. Discover our 122 addresses in the city with City Break by Gites de France to Ajaccio, Nantes, Lyon, Avignon, Montauban, Perpignan, Amiens … Each address contains a detailed description of the cottage: rank (from 1 to 5 epis according to the Gites de France standards), capacity, comfort facilities, leisure fares … and all the information necessary for reservation. A map and an index at the start guide will help you in your choices.
The 2014 edition of Camping France has been fully revised to include 2500 campsites, including motorhome facilities, chalets, bungalows and mobile homes. The guide also includes local maps as well as camping site GPS details.
Introduction pages are in English and the main body of the guide is in French. A lexicon 0n page 30 will help you translate most of the common terms.