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French Bed & Breakfast (Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay) Paperback – 21 Mar 2013
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You'll be sure to find the bed and breakfast of your dreams. --Living France
Every time we open a Sawday's guide, we suddenly want to book a weekend away. --The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Our favourite guide to places to stay in France. --Living France
About the Author
Alastair has built a team of talented editors who are as committed as he is to the search for authenticity and personality in places to stay. They are also 'driving' the world's first carbon 'neutral' publishing company; the search for a reduced ecological footprint is a serious one. The company has won The Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category, an award from Business Commitment to the Environment and a Green Apple Award and works out of its own eco-offices.
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Having just spent 3 weeks touring around France I am now in a position to add to my initial comments.
Yes, the book was very useful and pretty accurate in its' descriptions and we stayed in some really nice places. Standards were good and descriptions accurate. However, I have one gripe......The phone numbers and addresses are listed but there are no directions given whatsoever. Even with a satnav, some of the addresses were extremely difficult to find and one of them was impossible. So, some poor B&B owner missed out on custom because of it.
The internet is a far better way of finding local accommodation.
I think this book is more about finding a place in it and planning to go there rather than planning to go somewhere and use it to find a place to stay.
For obvious reasons you need the most up-to-date copy and this is why I've purchased again. I also purchased "French Chateax and Hotels" which is good too, the difference seemingly being mainly one of price - the Chateaux book tends to be 100 Euros a night up to "the sky's the limit", whereas this book starts around the 50 Euro per night mark - which still sets it higher than your budget hotel chains or the sort of sparse rooms you can still get above the local bar for 30 euros a night.
NOW, here is a bit of a puzzle:- you may well say to me vis-a-vis the difference between the two books is that it should be obvious - one is bed and breakfast, the other is the hotel/chateaux experience. Well true, but these days most B&B's don't kick you out onto the street after breakfast, most are happy if you hang around all day in their garden by the pool and then use your room for an afternoon nap etc. - and further, a great number of B&B's also offer an optional evening meal. Conversely, you can purchase breakfast at most of the places in the other book, although in a few it is also included. And, not all places in the chateaux etc. book by any means offer meals either. So the distinction between the properties in each book is blurred in my opinion, in fact, the number of places appearing in both books tends to make me feel it is time for one comprehensive volume, or two different books split only on price, or on geography. I did find it irritating juggling between the two books to investigate the same geographical area. Oddly, some places which appear in both books are cheaper in the B&B 2013 edition than in the 2012 Chateaux book! Maybe the recession is biting. I'm about to review the "chateaux" book now and frankly most of my review will be the same. Come on Sawday's - time to consider merging the distinctions! Steve Riches, Northampton, UK.
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After all this is the most information required. Very dissapointed will not be buying again.