France

Hotel Le Pigalle, Paris

30/09/2018 by .

Not so long ago Pigalle was considered the seedier side of Paris, a magnet for sex shops and low-rent hostelries, thanks to the topless cabarets which made it the apotheosis of city nightlife more than a century ago.  

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Chateau de Mercues, Cahors

20/06/2018 by .

When Cahors has worked so hard to make itself inaccessible – at least an hour from the nearest airport, sidelined by the TGV rail network and principal motorways – why do visitors struggle to reach a city which has chosen to hide from the tourist masses? 

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Cour des Loges Hotel

02/09/2017 by .

In a gorgeously-preserved mediaeval city whose cobbled streets and ancient stones have won it World Heritage Site status,  the five-star Cour des Loges offers visitors the chance to live the lifestyle of a mediaeval nobleman for a night or three in the heart of VIeux Lyon.

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Le Château de Candie

28/01/2017 by .

Chambéry has the distinction of once being the home town of the House of Savoy and the Savoyard capital for over 250 years. Unfortunately, like all good things it all came to end when the Savoys moved out and set up camp in Turin.

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Chateau Asturias near Carcassonne

28/09/2016 by .

Languedoc-Roussillon is a region in south west France which often hides under the shadow of its more glamorous neighbours further east on the Riviera. But to those in the know, it’s far more appealing; huge sandy beaches, stunning scenery and lower prices. And what could be better than to base yourself in the 12th century luxury Chateau Asturias near Carcassonne

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Hotel Les Esclargies

03/08/2016 by .

The chic Hotel Les Esclargies in Rocamadour is my kind of hotel. Spending a fair amount of time in luxury hotels gives you an eye for what really matters and what is just ostentatious fluff. But what serves me best is an uncomplicated place of simplicity, with a certain amount of elegance, and a shedload of peace and quiet.

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