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French Châteaux and Hotels Special Places to Stay (Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay French Chateaux & Hotels) Paperback – 4 Mar 2010

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Alastair Sawday's; 6 edition (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906136327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906136321
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sawday unearths the most beguiling chateaux, auberges and hotels, all offering excellent food and liberal libations of wine."- "The Telegraph" "An expertly selected range of the most inspiring bolt holes in the country."- "French Magazine""" "If it's special you're after then Sawday's your man."- "Living France"

About the Author

A pioneer in the environmental world, Alastair Sawday has had a remarkably miscellaneous and varied career, which has taken him to the most far-flung corners of the globe: he headed up a VSO programme in Papua New Guinea, ran a disaster relief team for Oxfam in Turkey, and has run a small travel company, conducting walking tours throughout Europe.It was this that inspired him to publish his first travel guide, French Bed & Breakfast, after discovering various 'special' B&Bs and the extraordinary people that run them


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We've just got back from France - 14 days, 5 absolute gems to stay in and every one of them gleaned from the pages of an Alastair Sawday guide. If you'd prefer to go for one stop shopping for your holidays and book it all through a bland company, well fine. But you won't get to stay in a Benedictine Abbey dating from the 900s, with vaulted ceilings and glistening floor tiles. Or a 1930s auberge rescued from decay by a couple who took their baby and a passion for cuisine terroir from London to the mountains of the Haute Loire. Or a whitewashed inn run by a sommelier from Lille who won it in a contest. Fabulous food, delightful settings, castles and turrets and beams. And the extraordinary thing is that half the time you're paying no more or even less than you'd pay in an anodyne, anonymous Eurohotel. And when you do opt for luxury and opulence, it's worth every penny. If you only read this book it will transport you; use it, as we have done, and it's a ticket to paradise. This is the updated version - the 6th edition apparently. There are some places I'd spotted before now missing, and quite a few new additions. Not sure why some go - all I can say is that after several years of booking holidays using Sawday guides I'd trust their recommendations.
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This is a real gem of a book. I have always wanted to visit the chateaux of the Loire, but never imagined I could stay in one. I now know there are loads to choose from. If money was no object it would have to be the Chateau de Vauloge with its fairy-tale towers and lily-strewn moat, but for sheer quirkiness and value for money I am hoping to stay at Domaine du Chateau d'Hommes, with its baronial hall, swimming pool and resident donkey.

As ever, with Sawdays books, you can pick and choose from a quality selection of places to suit all tastes & budgets, from top chateaux & palaces, rural auberges and delightful hotels. It covers all of France and provides lots of personal information to help make an informed and inspired choice.
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Every place we stayed at was as described in Sawday - Dinner recommendations should be followed where possible - whether to eat in or at places recommended by the hosts. It made our holiday in France a happy one.
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