Accommodation in the Loire Valley

Planning to visit the Loire Valley? Here’s some accommodation to consider when you’re planning a holiday in this magnificent region.

La MirandeLa Mirande
Step into history with class and style at La Mirande. It is centrally located in Avignon, steps from Avignon Cathedral and Place de l’Horloge. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Palais des Papes and Musee du Petit Palais. Stay here and experience the wonderful atmosphere with their beautiful gardens. Sample some of the best gastronomic delights in the hotel’s restaurant that features a bar and a garden view.


Cour des LogesCour des Loges
With a stay at Cour des Loges, you’ll be centrally located in Lyon, steps from Lyon History Museum and Lyon Courthouse. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Guignol Theater and St. Jean Cathedral. Set in a former Jesuit college, the Cour Des Loges hotel combines Renaissance-style architecture with contemporary decor. The hotel’s glass-roofed courtyard houses a restaurant with hand-painted frescoes, modern artworks and lifts up to three towers.

Chateau EzaChateau Eza
Located in Eze, Chateau Eza is near the sea and close to Galimard Perfumerie, Villa Kerylos, and Exotic Garden. Nearby points of interest also include Villa Ephrussi and Prince’s Palace. The recently renovated 5 star hotel Chateau Eza offers the highest standard of comfort in a quiet and cozy environment. The hotel is housed in a castle of stone on a narrow cobblestone street, too small to be reached by car. Upon your arrival look for the Relais which houses their donkeys at the bottom of the village. The walk (light hike) up through this village full of history is the best way to discover its charm and secrets.

Grand Hotel La Cloche Dijon - MGallery CollectionGrand Hotel La Cloche Dijon – MGallery Collection
Situated in Dijon, Sofitel Dijon La Cloche is in the historical district and minutes from Darcy Square and Dijon Cathedral. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Church of Notre Dame and Palace of the Dukes. Overlooking the capital of the Duchy of Burgundy, the Grand Hôtel De La Cloche de Dijon boasts an unbeatable view over the prestigious Place Darcy and its stunning square. This Hausmann-style building, which is a subtle mixture of sophistication and cozy, is a page out of history and has welcomed prominent world figures since the 15th century. Its luxurious refined decor and timeless interior garden captivate everyone who climbs the steps to enter this 5-star establishment.

L Hermitage (2)L’Hermitage Gantois, Autograph Collection
This city-center property is located in Lille, close to Musee des Beaux-Arts, Place Rihour, and Grand Place de Lille. This five-star hotel creates enchanting, harmonious spaces by complementing its rich architectural heritage with refined ultra-modernism. One of the four courtyards is home to a 220-year-old wisteria that’s been declared a historic monument.


Residence Les Chalets D’ArrondazResidence Les Chalets D’Arrondaz
Located in Modane, you’ll be within the region of Bardonecchia Ski Resort and Val Thorens Ski Resort. This ski chalet is within the region of Col du Telegraphe and Les Menuires Ski Resort. It is within easy reach of Frejus Road Tunnel and winter sports like snowshoeing and ice skating. Other attractions in the area include Aussois en Vanoise.


Clos de La RichaudièreClos de La Richaudière
Set on a 5-hectare property, these villas are a 5-minute drive from La Brenne Natural Park. They offer free Wi-Fi access, an indoor, heated swimming pool and a fitness room. All the spacious villas at Clos de la Richaudière feature a terrace and a seating area with a sofa, a DVD player and a TV with satellite channels. This property includes a games room where guests can play billiards, baby-foot and table tennis. A children’s playground and a library are also available.

Cabane Perchée La ChouanniereCabane Perchée La Chouanniere
Cabane Perchée La Chouanniere is just a 5-minute drive from the centre of Brion and 30 km from Château de Saumur. The treehouse at La Chouanniere is set in the large garden and offers a private terrace with views of the surrounding countryside. It is composed of a main living area with a kitchenette and a separate sleeping area. A continental breakfast is available every morning in this 16th-century bed and breakfast. Bourgueil and Chinon wine villages are both a 25-minute drive away.

Gîtes Le MousseauGîtes Le Mousseau
Set in a 19th-century country house surrounded by 75 hectares of greenery, Le Mousseau offers self-catering apartments in the village of Chaumont-sur-Tharonne. La Ferté Saint-Aubin with its famous château is 15 km away. Featuring exposed wooden beams and red brick walls, all of the apartments include a kitchen. Guests can visit Château de Chambord 37 km away, go fishing to the nearby pond, hiking or cycling. A 27-hole golf course is just a 10-minute drive from Le Mousseau.

Le BerryLe Berry
This beautiful cottage is set in idyllic quiet private estate of the owner. In total there are three houses in this area. The cottage is spacious and tastefully decorated. As a guest you have a large private garden with terrace, pool and garden furniture.


Villa MonticelliVilla Monticelli
Situated in the heart of the bourgeoisie 8th district, their guesthouse is surrounded by mansions, embassies, parks and greenery. A very warm welcome awaits you at Villa Monticelli in Marseille. Incorporating Tuscan style with 1930’s charm, this lovely accommodation is ideally situated in the calm and beautiful 8th district; Saint Giniez, close to the Bagatelle garden and only a few minutes from the Prado beaches.

Les IrisLes Iris
Les Iris is situated in the heart of the Loire valley. It is just twenty to thirty minutes’ drive to almost all the major chateaux including the Beauval Zoo. The general atmosphere at Les Iris is peaceful, friendly, and scenic.



Le Lis Casa BlancaLe Lis Casa Blanca
Le Lis Casa Blanca in Montpellier invites you to discover a haven of peace and tranquility. Whether you are planning your vacation, Le Lis Casa Blanca is ideally located five minutes by car close to the centre of Montpellier and the train station, only fifteen minutes from the airport and the Mediterranean sea is only twenty minutes by car. This is a place to visit, to relax and just to escape. Le Lis Casa Blanca whose name comes from the lily flower is the place of mystical powers. Their guesthouse units are the perfect combination of simplicity and elegance creating a gentle and relaxing atmosphere. The patio with its vegetation is a perfect place for relaxing, reading and sun bathing.

Au Bon AccueilAu Bon Accueil
Au Bon Accueil is situated just thirteen minutes by car from the world heritage site of Mont St Michel and thirty minutes from the fabulous walled City of Corsairs – St Malo. The nearest beach is five minutes away. There is free transport to and from Mont St. Michel every day and a free pick up and drop off for guests arriving by train or bus. Breakfast is included in the room price.


Le Vieux Moulin de SillyLe Vieux Moulin de Silly
Just a short distance from Paris Beauvais, guest house Le Vieux Moulin de Silly enjoys a picturesque setting amid 1.5 hectares of beautiful parkland. The only sound to disturb you here at Le Vieux Moulin de Silly will be the song of the birds in the garden. A stony creek flows through the whole property with two waterfalls, and you can find a variety of rosebushes throughout the grounds.


La Riviera LimousineLa Riviera Limousine
La Riviéra Limousine is located in the medieval village of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, near the River Dordogne. The environmentally-friendly property has a games room, sports area and an outdoor swimming pool with a slide, situated 500 metres away. Guests can enjoy hiking and cycling in the surrounding countryside and archery and climbing are also available. Children can enjoy a playground and separate pool.


Situated in Velleron, Hostellerie La Grangette is in a rural location and area attractions include Provence Country Club, Santon Museum, and Fontaine-de-Vaucluse Springs. Additional area attractions include Museum of the Resistance. This guest house is 3.2 km from the centre of Saint-Salvy. It offers a 1-hectare garden, a swimming pool and a wellness room with a sauna, a hot tub and an elliptical trainer.


Auberge FerayolaAuberge Ferayola
Auberge Ferayola is situated a 3-minute drive from l’Argentella beach. It offers a self-catering cottage and rooms with views of the sea or the surrounding forest. Guests have free access to a tennis court and an outdoor swimming pool. You’ll be by the sea and within the region of Girolata Beach and Calvi Beach. This inn is within the region of Scandola Nature Reserve and Eglise Ste-Marie-Majeure.


Auberge de CatherineAuberge de Catherine
Perched 1500 metres high, in a typical village of the Hautes-Alpes, Auberge De Catherine combines mountain air and nature to guarantee you a restful stay. Located next to the ski area of Serre Chevalier, Puy Saint Pierre is the ideal place to stay if what you are looking for is a ski haven. In the summer, the mountains will make a great setting for breath-taking hikes and other outdoor activities and sports. This inn is within the region of Col d’Arsine.


Mas PaulineMas Pauline
With a panoramic view of the Mediterranean Sea and the Albères Mountains, Mas Pauline is located 9 km from the centre of Céret. It offers a relaxation area with an outdoor swimming pool, a sauna, hot tub and fitness centre. Mas Pauline is a working farm, which has several farm animals and is within the region of Gorges de la Fou.


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Paul Keung: Christchurch New Zealand Accommodation

20 Great Places To Stay in Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch is listed as one of the top 10 cities to visit as stated by the Lonely Planet. Dubbed  the “Garden City”, it continues to be a dynamic world of natural wonders. Here’s a list of where to stay when you are in Christchurch.

A Nest on Mt Pleasant
This bed and breakfast is a unique, fully self-contained home with all the service and friendly, personal hospitality of a homestay. The Nest is set in native bush and built on three levels with extensive decking and expansive views of estuary, sea and mountains.

Arthur’s Court Motor Lodge
Arthur’s Court is Qualmark 5 star and Enviro Gold rated, close to the heart of the Christchurch, with a commitment to provide the best guest experience possible. It has maintained its elegance, luxury and quality since it started.

CentrePoint on Colombo
CentrePoint on Colombo is the closest luxury motel to the city centre with excellent value. It is just a short walk to all areas of central Christchurch. It is located in an uncongested part of central Christchurch so that all areas of the city are accessible within a 20-minute drive.

Clearview Lodge
Relax at Clearview Lodge, 5 star Bed and Breakfast vineyard accommodations that are just 10 minutes to Airport and 15 minutes to the city. Wake to the peaceful sounds of bellbirds and enjoy their ever changing garden – the green of spring, fruits of summer and autumn and magic of autumn leaves.

Dyers House
A luxury boutique accommodation, Dyers House was built a century ago and was one of the first houses on the hill. It offers luxury accommodation, yet retains its original charm and personality. Overlooking the city and Canterbury Plains, Dyers House has spectacular panoramic views from the Southern Alps to the sea.

Heartland Hotel Cotswold
A warm and welcoming hotel located just minutes’ walk from the Christchurch Casino, boutique shopping and only a 15-minute drive from Christchurch International Airport. The hotel itself is full of character with its distinctive Tudor-style architecture that reflects Christchurch’s image as the most English of cities outside England.

Jailhouse Accommodation
Jailhouse Accommodation is Christchurch’s award-winning backpacker hostel. It is set in the historic former Addington Prison. It is the current author’s pick for Christchurch in Lonely Planet and Rough Guide, and winner of numerous hostel awards. Jailhouse Accommodation offers you the chance to experience something different.

Kaituna Homestead
Kaituna Homestead is a perfect country cottage that is modernized and distinctive. It’s a peaceful and luxurious setting in the middle of a beautiful valley. A 45-minute drive from Christchurch and is a great starting or ending destination for a South Island holiday.

Otahuna Lodge
Otahuna Lodge is a Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery. Situated at the base of the Banks Peninsula, Otahuna Lodge is only 30 minutes’ drive from Christchurch airport and the city centre, making it the ideal place from which to explore Canterbury.

Parkview on Hagley
A luxurious studio hotel suite accommodation that is located at the green heart of Christchurch, beautiful Hagley Park. Enjoy the ever-changing outlook, as spring daffodils, cherry blossom and brilliant autumn colors each in turn grace this much-loved Christchurch icon.

Peppers Clearwater Resort
Located just 7m inutes from Christchurch airport, this resort accommodation has a stunning waterfront set within beautiful grounds and surrounded by clear shimmering lakes and water ways that follow the fairways of the championship golf course.

Petes Farm Stay B&B
Enjoy great views of the mountains and countryside from this accomodation. It is close to Christchurch on the North Canterbury Plains of New Zealand’s South Island and is just 25 minutes from Christchurch Airport and City centre. It is minutes away from local golf course, nature walks, horse riding and beach.

Stoneleigh Lodge
This French chateau-style lodge stands on twenty acres of landscaped grounds complete with three lakes. It is situated in the heart of Canterbury’s prestigious lifestyle belt. Just a 20-minute drive from the city & international airport, this luxury estate has ready access to the city and to the world. They offer an elegant and welcoming haven for you where you can enjoy the highest standards of hospitality and comfort.

Tangley on Clyde
A warm welcome awaits you at Tangley on Clyde, a boutique bed and breakfast with the elegance of a bygone era. This charmingly renovated Edwardian home is close to city centre, International Airport, university, restaurants, cafes, golf courses and shops. Tangley offers a unique experience for accommodation and has a reputation for making guests feel at home.

Terrace Downs
It is a 50-minute scenic drive through the Canterbury foothills from Christchurch International Airport. Terrace Downs Resort offers an ideal ‘getting away from it all’ destination close to Mt Hutt Ski field and Methven. Witness majestic sceneries and experience a warm hospitality.

The Chateau On The Park
The Chateau on the Park is a unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful, tranquil gardens located opposite picturesque Hagley Park offering 192 accommodation rooms. It is your world away from the stresses of daily life. It is centrally located to the city, airport and Riccarton.

The Classic Villa Luxury Boutique Hotel

The Classic Villa is an Italian style historic home that has been renovated and tastefully refurbished into one of the finest 5 Star boutique hotel accommodations in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is located on Worcester Blvd and is only steps away from the Arts Centre & markets, art gallery, museum, botanical gardens, Cathedral Square, tram, golf course, theaters, restaurants, cafes & city shopping.

The George Hotel
A 5 star luxury boutique hotel, The George is located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon. A peaceful retreat with an intimate ambiance is guaranteed at The George. It is the only Christchurch Hotel with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio with its focus on luxury.

The Old Countryhouse Backpackers
Stay at the Old Countryhouse and escape the hustle from the moment you step through the garden gate. It is a multi-award winning backpacker hostel in Christchurch created by travelers for travelers. Take a walk along the garden path to one of the charming colonial villas with polished wooden floors and hand-made native timber furniture.

It is conveniently located 6 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport and 8 minutes to the city centre. Set in an attractive established garden with an enticing courtyard for you to relax in at any time of the day. It is also is a smoke-free environment.

Christchurch-based Paul Keung is a writer, adventurer, businessman, property investor and philanthropist. Follow him on twitter:

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