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French Self-catering Special Places to Stay (Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay) Paperback – 7 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Alastair Sawday's; 5 edition (7 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906136246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906136246
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would like to introduce our Special Places and Slow guides which pinpoint the way to some 5,000 remarkable places to stay across Europe and beyond. What do I look for?
* Warm, very human, interesting people
* Beautiful buildings, original style, elegant simplicity
* Fine old things that, however dilapidated, carry their age and authenticity with dignity
* Delicious food, much of it grown at home and cooked with devotion
* A touch of fun with a touch of class. Quirkiness with seriousness, a light touch, an easy style
* Honest writing with a dash of panache
* Comfort - yes, but not at the expense of everything else.

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Find your perfect French hideaway (Daily Express)

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Edwards on 23 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
As with all Sawday books as soon as you pick them up you notice how substantial & comfortable they feel in your hand, the covers have a lovely 'soft feel' about them & you can tell straight away that they are a quality publication. We found Alastair's introduction in the book enlightening & amusing and always a good read. The maps at the front are a good source of information but not with pinpoint accuracy but to be fair this is pointed out in the preface, however if you haven't read the preface you can go adrift a bit but that has only happened to me on one occasion. Now I always make reference to a proper map.

This is a really well produced book which is both pleasant just to browse through on a cold winters night or use as a guide to your next holiday property. Not a lot of entries for two people on their own & some of the properties are very expensive but I suppose if more than one family are sharing the costs then they don't work out so high.

There are also an excellent series of Indices at the back of the book which assist in finding places in your desired region or for a particular property name, those with wheelchair facilities and the location of amenities etc. All in all a very handy book with absolutely beautiful properties & excellent descriptions & pictures. I think because so much experience by the compilers goes into each book I have never been disappointed with any of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By F. Miller on 15 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
Sawdays books are all totally trustworthy and have saved many of my holidays and trips from disaster. Their recommendations never let you down, and usually over deliver and as ever, this book gives you the impression they have really taken their research for the publication seriously.
These books are great for turning to when you are planning a trip but I must say I also often use them to browse through when I'm in "window shopping" mode... there are some lovely places here to imagine yourself in, one day in the future. For that reason they make lovely gifts for people with no particular imminent plan to travel too.
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