For a holiday where you’re made to feel welcome and a bit pampered, a B&B break in France could be just the ticket.
B&Bs are called chambres d’hotes in France and basically it means bed and breakfast and sometimes evening meals. It’s usually in a home that’s occupied by the owner but can also be in accommodation close by.
When it comes to B&Bs in France – there’s a huge choice. It’s generally a much less expensive option than a hotel but you still get spoiled. It’s also a great way to find out about an area from your hosts who will be happy to share their inside knowledge of restaurants, places to visit, the best beaches, where to buy the best croissants, what vineyards offer tastings and a whole lot more. It’s a real plus to be able to take advantage of locals’ knowledge and really does help you make the most of your break.
4 truly special B&Bs in France
Often B&Bs have been lovingly and lavishly renovated by the owners who are happy to share their little slice of Paradise.
Take the Chateau de Villars B&B in Dordogne. It’s a beautiful castle that nestles in the stunning countryside of the Perigord Vert close to Brantome and St Jean de Cole – two of the most gorgeous villages in France. The bedroom windows overlook the chateau park, you can use the boules pitch, swimming pool, barbecue area, gourmet meals are available cooked by a chef and there’s even a licensed bar, library and fabulous salon. Our kind of B&B!
And if exquisite French Chateaux float your boat the Chateau de la Barre in Sarthe is going to knock your socks off. B&B accommodation in a 600-year-old castle where you’ll be welcomed by the Count and Countess who live there. The bedrooms are magnificent, dripping with tapestries and antiques and you may never want to leave the 100-acre private park, but as this place is so close to Paris and the Chateaux of the Loire Valley you’ll have to try.
If fun in the sun is what you’re after then the lovely Tarn in south west France is where you’ll find La Fleureau Boutique B&B. Perfect for two, luxurious, cosy, with a flood lit swimming pool and stunning views. Close to captivating Carcassonne with its famous citadel, Cordes-sur-Ciel, one of the most beautiful towns in France, this is an area that’s rich in history, gastronomy and sites.
For something different, cosy and scenic, La Lucarne in Cahors is a bit special. The B&B room is in a typical stone house of the area offering breath-taking views, salt water pool and it’s just 20 minutes from the medieval centre of Cahors. The lovely hosts are happy to cook memorable evening meals and share their local knowledge of the best places to visit. They have the gift of making their guests feel truly welcome, so much so, no one ever wants to leave!