Romantic Places in France
Brittany is the wild, Celtic, northwestern part of France, known for its seafood and Breton-speaking natives. Normandy is the birthplace of William the Conqueror and home to cows, apple trees, green grass and Camembert.
Château de Saint Paterne
72610 Saint Paterne
Lower Normandy, France
Tél:+33 ) 33 27 54 71. 9 rooms. US$ 200-
This romantic French hotel sits in 25 acres of parkland and is located southwest of Paris, midway betweeen Normandy and the Loire Valley. Chef Charles-Henry de Valbray and his decorator wife have stylishly restored their family’s fifteenth century chateau. The guestrooms are a mixture of styles – some are traditional with antiques and others are strikingly modern.
Rustic, quiet charm, medieval villages and world renown Grand Cru wineries.
Château de Vault-de-Lugny
11 Rue de Chateau Avallon
T: +33 386 34 0786. 12 rooms. US$ 230-
A luxuriously furnished country house hotel sitting on its own 40 acres. This romantic hotel is located in a rural Burgundian setting near the celebrated medieval village of Vézelay.
Chateau country, home of kings.
Domaine des Hauts de Loire
Route de Herbault
T: +33 33 254 207 257. 25 rooms. US$ 130-
Magnificent 1860 hunting lodge set in tranquil parkland.
Château de la Bourdaisière
25 rue de la Bourdaisière
T: +33 247 45 1631. 20 rooms. US$ 146-
Built for the mistress of Francois I, the 15th century chateau is now owned by two princely brothers; they bought it as an organic nursery for their collection of 500 varieties of heirloom tomatoes.
The most elegant of cities and one of the most romantic places in the world.
Left Bank, Paris
The soul of Paris, intimate and vibrant.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Left Bank
Home to Sorbonne students, artists and poets; birthplace of Existentialism. Picasso, Baudelaire, Hemingway, Musset, Sarte and de Beauvoir lived here.
33 rue Dauphine
T: +33 43 29 43 43. 50 rooms. US$ 320-
Unusually spacious for a city mansion-hotel, this jewel has oak beamed ceilings and four tester beds.
Le Madison 143, bd
St. Germain Paris, France
T: +33 140 51 60 00. 51 rooms. US$ 180-
Softly colored l8th century style décor. Breakfast room overlooks a garden.
Au Manoir St. Germain des Pres
St. Germain Paris, France
T: +33 142 22 21 65. 32 rooms. US$ 190-
Refined, calm and cozy.
3, Rue Christine
Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Left Bank, Paris
T: +33 140 51 60 80. 51 rooms. US$ 300-
Set back off the street by an attractive courtyard, each room in the hotel is individually decorated by the owner.
Right Bank, Paris
Haute couture shops and grand museums.
Hotel Le Notre Dame
T: +33 1 43 54 20 43.
Quirky boutique hotel located in a house built over four centuries ago and which is now a listed building. Couturier Christian Lacroix designed each room individually in his trademark use of rich colors and patterns. Some rooms have Notre Dame views.
Hotel de Vigny
9-11 Rue Balzac
T: +33 142 99 80 80. 37 rooms. US$ 450-
Just off the Champs Elysees, the elegant Hotel de Vigny resembles a private townhouse more than a hotel. Has rich woods, antiques, tapestries and English-style décor.
Lancaster 7, rue de Beri, Champs Elysees
T: +33 140 76 40 76. 60 Rooms. US$ 880-
Stylish, luxurious and full of antiques, the hotel embodies Parisien chic. Originally the l9th century home of the Prince and Princess de Hennin.
Hotel San Regis
12 rue Jean-Goujon
T: +33 144 95 16 16. 44 rooms. US$ 450-
A Right Bank classic, this former townhouse has an intimate wood paneled and book-lined restaurant, an English bar, and sumptuous fabrics and antiques.
8, rue Frédéric Bastiat
T: +33 142 56 17 00. 26 rooms. US$ 600-
Stylish and magical with Chinoiserie wallpaper, colonial era toile fabrics and Asian furniture; all rooms different.
Where kings were crowned, Joan of Arc was born, and the world’s most famous wine was created.
Le Domaine Les Crayeres
64, bd Henry-Vasnier
T: +33 326 24 90 90. 19 rooms. US$ 278-
Elegant turn of the century manor house set in English style parkland.
Greater South West
Dense forests, ancient hillside villages and medieval castles
Brantome Perigueux, France
T: +33 53 05 80 22. 19 rooms. US$ 210-
Wild and romantic setting in one of France’s prettiest villages.Some of the rooms overlook the Dordogne River.
Chateau du Clair de Lune
48, ave Alan Seeger 64200
T: +33 5 59 41 53 20. 17 rooms. US$ 75-
Located two miles outside of Biarritz, the romantic hotel sits in a garden in sight of the Pyrenees.
The Beaujolais wine country, the Rhone Valley, and the city of Lyon.
Vineyards, forests, green hills and golden stones.
Chateau de Bagnols
T: +33 474 71 40 0. 20 rooms. US$ 390-
www.bagnols.com Lovingly and meticulously restored by its owners, Lord and LadyHamlyn, Chateau de Bagnols is a magnificent Grade l listed chateau dating back to the medieval period. Set amidst the Beaujolais vineyards and surrounded by a moat.
Savoy-Mont Blanc/French Alps Chamonix
Legendary ski town & mountain attracts expert skiers.
Le Hameau Albert
Chamonix, Haute-Savoy, France
T: +33 450 53 05 09. 35 rooms. US$ 170-
Known for its gourmet food, this 100 year old chalet is still owned by the family that built it.
Picturesque ski village attracts the chic and well-to-do.
Hotel Mont Blanc
Megeve, Haute-Savoy, France
T: +33 450 930 310. US$ 200-
Historic turn-of-the-century hotel enjoyed a post-war boom as a favorite destination of artists and celebrities. Taken over by the uber stylish Sibuets, noted for their rustic-chic farmhouse hotels.
Megeve, Haute-Savoy, France
T: +33 450 930 503. US$ 250-
Hunting lodge elegance designed by the Sibuets.
The highest ski resort in Europe, with views of Mont Blanc.
Val Thorens, France
Interiors draped in white faux fur.
Sunshine, Roman ruins, lavender fields and sweeping Mediterranean views.
La Bastide de Moustiers
T: +33 492 704 747. US$ 148-
Parisian Michelin 3 star chef Alain Ducasse’s romantic farmhouse inn serves country cooking, US$ 42, prix fixes. Overlooks Plateau de St. Croix.
Auberge La Regalido
Fontvieille Provence, France
T: +33 4 90 54 60 22.. US$ 180-
Rustic chic at its most extravagant, it is light and airy and its upper rooms have views over rooftops towards Les Alpilles. The dining room occupies the barrel vaulted cellar of an early-17th century olive mill mentioned by Daudet.
Le Mas de Peint
Camargue Arles, France
T: +33 490 972 062. US$ 210-
Camargue horsebreeder stylishly transformed the stable and pigeonnier adjoining her l7th century farmhouse into a romantic hotel.
Le Vieux Castillon
Nr. Nimes, Provence, France
T: +33 4 66 37 61 6. US$ 195-
A series of medieval buildings with authentically tiny medieval windows in small but charming rooms. Spectacular pool overlooks valley far below.
Chateau de la Chevre d’0r
Moyenne corniche, rue du Barri
T: +33 492 10 66 66. 30 rooms. US$ 300-
Posh hotel 1,300 feet above the Mediterranean on the French Riviera, with panoramic views.
La Villa Mauresque
1792 route de la Corniche Boulouris
Saint Raphael, France
T: +33 (0)4 94 83 02 42. 16 rooms in 2 villas. US$ 245-
Two luxury villas on a private stretch of seafront, enchantingly located between Cannes and St. Tropez. Amenities include palatial-sized rooms, two swimming pools and a 88 foot yacht.
Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat
Blvd. du General de Gaulle
T: +33 493 76 50 50. 59 rooms, US$ 500-
This romantic place is a luxurious living legend overlooking the Mediterranean sea on the French Riviera.
Baie des Fourmis
T: +33 4 93 76 31 00. 77 rooms. US$ 220-
Pink Belle Epoque palace ecletically decorated with neo-Etruscan furnishings, Hellenistic wall friezes and lots of marble. Has a private beach on the sea.
Hotel La Mirande
4, place de la mirande
T: +33 4 90859393. US$ 320-
Originally a 14th century cardinal’s home, this pretty honey-colored stone building is located in the heart of Avignon. You can practically lean out your window and touch the medieval walls of the Palais des Papes.
La Bastide de Marie
Route de Bonnieux, Quartier de la Verrerie
T: +33 4 90 72 3020. 14 rooms. $US 440- includes half-board.
18th century stone farmhouse, stylishly decorated, and surrounded by 15 hectares of vineyards.
Chateau des Alpilles
Route D31, 13210 Saint Remy de Provence, France
T: +33 4 90 92 03 33. 19 rooms. US$ 180-
Elegant and comfortable, this early-19th century French romantic getaway has high ceilings, tall windows and pretty gardens. It is approached through a long allee of lime trees.
French Islands, Corsica
With sandy beaches, hidden bays, cascading waterfalls and snowcapped mountain peaks, it’s easy to see why Corsica became known as the “Isle of Beauty”. Napoleon was born here.
Nr. Calvi, Corsica
T: +33 4 95 65 93 00. US$ 250-
17th century stone house set among pine, eucalyptus and olive groves on the island of Corsica. Sophisticated cuisine.
T: +33 4 9525-0555. 25 rooms. US$ 250-
Set on a secluded beach, its rooms have pretty bay views. The romantic luxury hotel includes an heated indoor pool.