South of France

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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Domaine de Perches

17/11/2017 by .

Of course, Domaine de Perches, a 17th century wine chateau restored with immaculate modern taste, is the perfect base for touring Occitanie: Auch’s late Gothic cathedral, the medieval city of Albi and it’s Toulouse Lautrec Museum, the cobbled village of Cordes-sur-ciel floating in the sky on a misty morning, a serene Cistercian monastery, Armagnac and wine tasting

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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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Hotel Les Cygnes

25/07/2016 by .

Surprising as it seems, the three star Hotel les Cygnes is the only hotel situated on the Lake Geneva waterfront in the French resort of Evian les Bains. Of course the town is famous for its bottled water of the same name, but the hotel has its own spring and was once the bottling plant for the rival Graziella brand.

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