There are boutique hotels in France aplenty, ranging from townhouses in Paris where nothing is too much trouble, to luxurious waterside properties in the Côte d’Azur. From city to countryside, beach to vineyard, there’s something for everyone. Read on for a selection of fabulous boutique hotels in France, and earmark your favourities… Which will you visit first?
Château De Montcaud
Step inside this 19th-century castle on the edge of Provence and wind your way up the stately staircase into your parquet-floored bedroom; whichever room category you choose there will be views to the 5 acres of landscaped grounds. Think high ceilings, natural tones, and colourful silk work. In short, an ethos the owner likes to call ‘the luxury of simplicity’. And with two superb restaurants housed in the estate’s former stables, it’s a haven for foodies.
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Château de la Resle
Individual and design-led, the 6 spacious rooms and suites at this hideaway in the Burgundy countryside feature contemporary art and are full of character and style. Surrounded by private gardens and ancient trees, you’ll feel cocooned from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. Owners Johan and Pieter have transformed the property, and in recent years, their focus has transitioned to offering guests an eco-luxury experience.
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Tiara Miramar Beach Hotel & Spa
Perched on a hillside in Theoule-sur-Mer, this plush hotel with Asian- and Mediterranean-inspired rooms is positioned in an enviable seaside location on the French Riviera. Soak up the views from the heated pool or the private beach, or head to the split-level spa for a treatment or two. And it’s worth noting that sister hotel Tiara Yaktsa Cote d’Azur is just down the road, home to gourmet restaurant L’Or Bleu.
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Domaine de Verchant Hotel and Spa
A majestic boutique getaway in the heart of Languedoc, this gorgeous property is a striking piece of design that sits at the heart of 17 hectares of vineyards just outside Montpellier. Stone architecture blends with contemporary décor at the intimate 26-room château; the bedrooms are modern and luxurious, with use of wood and natural materials. The hotel is also home to two restaurants – one fine dining – a pool, tennis court, and a 2,000 square metre spa.
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Charm abounds at this 19th-century house located in the beautiful hamlet of Lorette. Situated on the border of the wine regions of Gironde and Lot-et-Garonne, the guesthouse is surrounded by vineyards, but is just 45 minutes from St Emilion and an hour from Bordeaux. The attractive property has just 4 boutique bedrooms, and quirkiness, character and glamour in abundance. The retreat also boasts a pool, a tennis court, and a spa.
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Hotel Sainte Victoire Vauvenargues
Situated in a peaceful spot directly in front of the landmark Sainte-Victoire Mountain in Provence, this boutique establishment has a contemporary vibe and unrestricted panoramic views. On-site, there’s an inviting pool, a stylish restaurant, and 15 exceptionally comfortable rooms decorated in shades of blue, green and turquoise – some have a balcony or terrace, others a large window.
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Manoir de Plaisance
All of the 4 suites at this romantic countryside getaway are massive, with floor-to-ceiling windows and Juliette balconies. Decorated beautifully in a soft palette of French greys, taupes and whites, the bedrooms exude charm and style. The enchanting 19th-century manor house stands in more than 12 acres of private parkland in the Charente-Maritime region, and has been gracefully transformed into an adult-only boutique hotel, just half an hour’s drive from La Rochelle.
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Hotel La Lanterne
This independent boutique bolthole is the epitome of Parisian chic. Situated on the Left Bank in the historic Latin Quarter, the property has an unmistakably French style. It’s also home to a courtyard garden – relax there after a day of pavement pounding. In the rooms, lanterns hang on each side of the bed, complementing photography by Nicolas Sénégas – his striking black and white images showcase the city lit by lamplight.