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Enjoy France like a lord: Country cottages with a noble touch

France, travel, country side, manor house, travel guide, holiday, summerHISTORIC ELEGANCE: Enjoy the perfect proportions of the 18th century Château Franc Pourret [PH]

Château Franc Pourret, Saint-Émilion, Gironde, Aquitaine

Crunch gravel underfoot as you gaze on the perfect proportions of a modest 18th-century château.

The formality belies the warm welcome from Madame, and her winemaker son François.

Two guest rooms are traditionally furnished with antique armoires, upholstered chaises longues and big comfy beds.

Stroll down to breakfast at little round tables prettily laid by the fire or, in summer, on the terrace, and enjoy Catherine’s winemaker’s breakfast: charcuterie, eggs, cereals, jams and patisseries.

Doubles from £109 per night (two sharing), B&B.

Château de Bonnemare, Radepont, Eure, Normandy

A Renaissance gatehouse leads to a remarkable 16th-century façade as you enter this enticing “monument historique”.

france, travel, Chateau de Bonnemare, holiday, guide, summerAlain and Sylvie, generous and charming, have restored two elegant ground-floor rooms in the north wing and two on the first floor.

Breathtaking “La Parade” announces a velvet swagged four-poster in an ornate alcove, a monumental fireplace and a nursery; “Louis XVI”, decorated in 1777, reveals a pure French classical elegance, its exquisitely furnished yellow salon adjoining a vast bedroom with chandeliers and intricate mouldings.

Breakfast is taken in the vaulted Great Kitchen, its vast fireplace replete with a turbine-driven spit designed by Da Vinci.

The estate walls enclose a small kingdom: chapel, farm, cider press, bakery, barns and acres of park and woodland.

Doubles from £92 per night (two sharing), B&B.

FRENCH RETREAT: The classical styling at Chateau de Bonnemare [PH]

Château de Labro, Labro, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées

In a large park with vast pastures, this 16th-century château has all the ingredients for a magical stay.

A tree-lined drive leads to an old gated entrance beyond which a walled vineyard hides a huge pool.

Nearly all the bedrooms are large, with fine parquet floors and some with views to the foothills of the Massif Central.

Those in the main house are dedicated to local artists, others, off a stone-flagged courtyard, have four-posters; one, a delectable treehouse complete with chandelier, sits in the branches of an ancient oak tree.

Doubles from £90 per night (two sharing), room only, breakfast £10.

Château du Vau, Ballan Miré, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley

Lanky, relaxed philosopher Bruno has turned his family château into a delightful, harmonious refuge for the world-weary traveller.

Large, light bedrooms are beautifully but unfussily decorated: splendid brass bedsteads, Turkish rugs, old family furniture and pictures.

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Yes, and this was a study i heard about a couple of years ago... i suspect there has been an increase (could be wrong though come to think of it???) in travel?
good question.
not here anyways, in France travel is vital and down low these past two years.
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