Fabulous French B&Bs

A rather nice alternative to jumping on a plane is to think about driving down to Folkestone and use the Eurotunnel to access a little slice of Frenchness. With increased flexibility this year it’s a stress free option.

Take the car and explore the varied and beautiful countryside and fill the boot with wine and cheese as you go – just to extend the holiday once you’re home. Here’s six great boutique guest houses you could drive to in France this summer. It might be a full day’s journey but the destinations make it totally worthwhile.

1. Cuq en Terrasses, SW France

Take in stunning countryside as you cross the country and arrive in lovely Cuq Toulza by evening. Once you’ve arrived you can simply settle in and enjoy this stunning setting and partake of dinner in the great restaurant, a day by the pool and book into the sauna for a total recharge.

Journey time from Calais: 9 hours

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2. Manoir de Plaisance

Goodness. The sheer beauty of this place makes it one of Further Afield’s favourite places to stay. Classic French architecture blended with classic and stylish interiors makes for a great stay. Add in a lakeside setting with parklike grounds, a lovely pool and the chance to have supper at a candlelit table and you’re in French heaven.

Journey time from Calais: 6 hours, 30 minutes

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3. Clos 1906, Saint-Émilion

On the edge of the lovely Medieval town of Saint-Émilion, close to Bordeaux, is this chic little guest house. With just four bedrooms (and a separate apartment for 4) the feel is intimate and relaxed and your hosts, Eduard and David, charming and welcoming. A big plus is checking out the antiques in the on site shop – check your purchases in the back of the car!

Journey time from Calais: 8 hours

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4. Manoir Laurette, Bordeaux

Eclectic. Bohemian. Beautiful. Three words you could use to describe the design and ambience of Lora and Rob’s corner of France. Every slice of this French Manor House is Instagram ready. But more than that it’s also ready to make you feel relaxed and at home as soon as you arrive. The fact that there’s a licensed bar here will certainly help with said relaxation as will Rob’s carefully curated wine cellar.

Journey time from Calais: 8 hours

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5. Domaine de la Millasserie B&B

A cluster of brick built buildings form this stunning gay friendly French B&B. The rooms are pretty and offer privacy with private entrances and patios – you can even have breakfast in your room or terrace. There’s a lovely pool and super little towns and villages to explore on the doorstep – with some great culinary choices.

Journey time from Calais: 8 hours

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6. La Grande Maison, Loire Valley

What Sue and Micaela don’t know about wine ain’t worth knowing! These two are experts on their local wines and vineyards and truly love to share their knowledge. There are several wine tours you could do whilst you’re here, including the socially distanced eco bike tour of some local vineyards. This is also a dog friendly French B&B so you can bring your four legged friend too.

Journey time from Calais: 5 and a bit hours

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