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Brittany/Normandy
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-
www.chateau-saintpaterne.com
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.


Burgundy
Rustic, quiet charm, medieval villages and world renown Grand Cru wineries.

Château de Vault-de-Lugny
11 Rue de Chateau Avallon
Burgundy, France
T: +33 386 34 0786. 12 rooms. US$ 230-
www.lugny.fr
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.


Loire Valley
Chateau country, home of kings.

Domaine des Hauts de Loire
Route de Herbault
Loir-et-Cher, France
T: +33 33 254 207 257. 25 rooms. US$ 130-
www.relaischateaux.com/hauts-loire
Magnificent 1860 hunting lodge set in tranquil parkland.

Château de la Bourdaisière
25 rue de la Bourdaisière
Montlouis-sur-Loire
T: +33 247 45 1631. 20 rooms. US$ 146-
www.chateaulabourdaisiere.com
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.


Paris, France
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.

Hotel D’Aubusson
33 rue Dauphine
Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris
T: +33 43 29 43 43. 50 rooms. US$ 320-
www.hoteldaubusson.com
Unusually spacious for a city mansion-hotel, this jewel has oak beamed ceilings and four tester beds.

Hotel Madison
Le Madison 143, bd
St. Germain Paris, France
T: +33 140 51 60 00. 51 rooms. US$ 180-
www.hotel-madison.com
Softly colored l8th century style décor. Breakfast room overlooks a garden.

Au Manoir St. Germain des Pres
153, bd
St. Germain Paris, France
T: +33 142 22 21 65. 32 rooms. US$ 190-
www.paris-hotels-charm.com
Refined, calm and cozy.

Relais Christine
3, Rue Christine
Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Left Bank, Paris
T: +33 140 51 60 80. 51 rooms. US$ 300-
www.relais-christine.com
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
quai Saint-Michel 
Paris, France
T: +33 1 43 54 20 43.
www.hotelnotredameparis.com
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
Paris, France
T: +33 142 99 80 80. 37 rooms. US$ 450-
www.hoteldevigny.com/
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.

Hotel Lancaster
Lancaster 7, rue de Beri, Champs Elysees
Paris, France
T: +33 140 76 40 76. 60 Rooms. US$ 880-
www.hotel-lancaster.fr
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
Paris, France
T: +33 144 95 16 16. 44 rooms. US$ 450-
www.hotel-sanregis.fr

A Right Bank classic, this former townhouse has an intimate wood paneled and book-lined restaurant, an English bar, and sumptuous fabrics and antiques.

Hotel Daniel
8, rue Frédéric Bastiat
Paris, France
T: +33 142 56 17 00. 26 rooms. US$ 600-
www.hoteldanielparis.com
Stylish and magical with Chinoiserie wallpaper, colonial era toile fabrics and Asian furniture; all rooms different.


Champagne
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
Reims, France
T: +33 326 24 90 90. 19 rooms. US$ 278-
www.lescrayeres.com
Elegant turn of the century manor house set in English style parkland.


Greater South West
Dense forests, ancient hillside villages and medieval castles

Moulin del’Abbaye
Brantome Perigueux, France
T: +33 53 05 80 22. 19 rooms. US$ 210-
www.relaischateaux.com/moulin

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
Biarritz, France
T: +33 5 59 41 53 20. 17 rooms. US$ 75-
www.hotelclairlune.com
Located two miles outside of Biarritz, the romantic hotel sits in a garden in sight of the Pyrenees.


South East
The Beaujolais wine country, the Rhone Valley, and the city of Lyon.

Beaujolais
Vineyards, forests, green hills and golden stones.

Chateau de Bagnols
Bagnols-en-Beaujolais, France
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-
www.hameauaulbert.fr
Known for its gourmet food, this 100 year old chalet is still owned by the family that built it.


Megeve
Picturesque ski village attracts the chic and well-to-do.

Hotel Mont Blanc
Megeve, Haute-Savoy, France
T: +33 450 930 310. US$ 200-
www.hotelmontblanc.com
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.

Lodge Park
Megeve, Haute-Savoy, France
T: +33 450 930 503. US$ 250-
www.lodgepark.com
Hunting lodge elegance designed by the Sibuets.

 

Val Thorens
The highest ski resort in Europe, with views of Mont Blanc.

Altapura
Val Thorens, France
www.altapura.fr
Interiors draped in white faux fur.


Provence/French Riviera
Sunshine, Roman ruins, lavender fields and sweeping Mediterranean views.

La Bastide de Moustiers
Moustiers-Ste-Marie
Provence, France
T: +33 492 704 747. US$ 148-
www.bastide-moustiers.com
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-
www.laregalido-provence.com

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-
www.masdepeint.com
Camargue horsebreeder stylishly transformed the stable and pigeonnier adjoining her l7th century farmhouse into a romantic hotel.

Le Vieux Castillon
Castillon-du-Gard,
Nr. Nimes, Provence, France
T: +33 4 66 37 61 6. US$ 195-
www.hotel-vieux-castillon.com
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
Eze, France
T: +33 492 10 66 66. 30 rooms. US$ 300-
www.chevredor.com
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-
www.hotelsfrench-riviera.com
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
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
T: +33 493 76 50 50. 59 rooms, US$ 500-
www.grand-hotel-cap-ferrat.com
This romantic place is a luxurious living legend overlooking the Mediterranean sea on the French Riviera.

Royal Riviera
Baie des Fourmis
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
T: +33 4 93 76 31 00. 77 rooms. US$ 220-
www.royal-riviera.com
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
Avignon, France
T: +33 4 90859393. US$ 320-
www.la-mirande.fr
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
Ménerbes, France
T: +33 4 90 72 3020. 14 rooms. $US 440- includes half-board.
www.labastidedemarie.com
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-
www.chateaudesalpilles.com
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.

La Signoria
Nr. Calvi, Corsica
T: +33 4 95 65 93 00. US$ 250-
www.hotel-la-signoria.com
17th century stone house set among pine, eucalyptus and olive groves on the island of Corsica. Sophisticated cuisine.

Le Maquis
Corsica, France
T: +33 4 9525-0555. 25 rooms. US$ 250-
www.lemaquis.com
Set on a secluded beach, its rooms have pretty bay views. The romantic luxury hotel includes an heated indoor pool.

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