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When you experience Relais & Châteaux, you experience a whole array of sensations. Each of our properties offers the opportunity to enjoy an unparalleled range of sensory experiences, where the beauty of a particular place, the warmth of the hospitality and the quality of the cuisine are in perfect harmony. Scents and tastes, landscapes and colours make every stay a rare and intense experience.
Discover the excellent cuisine served in our properties: traditional or contemporary, it never fails to be wonderfully creative. This creativity is recognised throughout the world, as our Grands Chefs are considered to be the pinnacle of fine dining.
France is known for its quality of life and diversity and is one of the most frequently visited countries in the world. Its reputation is based on fine food, heritage and landscape and it attracts nature lovers and anyone with an interest in architecture from the past.
Geographically, France occupies an unusual position in the European jigsaw. Its pivotal position as being both continental and Mediterranean, maritime and Alpine, allows it to attract large numbers of visitors. Its political and religious history has bequeathed it a multitude of treasures: Mont Saint-Michel, the Châteaux of the Loire, Versailles, cathedrals… Paris, the capital of luxury, enjoys a worldwide reputation, with the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysées as leading attractions. France boasts a varied and bounteous countryside. The perched villages of Provence are very different from the wild Breton coasts, as are the Burgundy vineyards from the Basque mountains, the Alpine peaks from the plains of Alsace. And yet one common denominator links all these varied regions: gastronomy, the cutting edge of the art of living French-style.
This is a very discreet address tucked away under the arcades in one of the oldest avenues in the centre of Paris. A tiny room with minimalist décor hidden away behind white curtains: what matters here is the food. No menu, you just wait and see what arrives on your plate. Veal tartare and oyster, foie gras poached with strawberry, white asparagus served with jamón serrano and Parmesan foam – the menu presents prodigious Chef Shinichi Sato’s latest creations elegantly served in the dining room by Guillaume Guedj. There is an exquisite, delicate, inventive cuisine which plays with colour and texture as much as with flavour, providing the ideal showcase for top-class seasonal ingredients.
Chef Michel Rostang celebrates 30 years of inspiration, taste and passion for fine dining. His cuisine is a reflection of his personality: simple and generous. Anyone who has visited his restaurant knows that his pairings of classical and modern flavours are indeed the epitome of perfection. His sole meunière with its shellfish marinière or the mythical pike quenelle à la Jo Rostang are just some delicious examples, not forgetting the exquisite hot tart with bitter chocolate. There is even a truffle sandwich, that you simply eat with your fingers. Rostang’s cellar, with more than 1,500 outstanding wines, is certainly one of the most prestigious in the capital.
Right next to the Champs-Élysées and the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, feast your eyes upon the unique interiors of the Hotel Daniel designed like a private home with its 18th century French bespoke hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper, furniture sculpted out of precious woods, fabulously comfortable sofas, silks from the Orient and shimmering satins. An ideal place for discerning travellers, art lovers, gourmets and couples. An elegant address and the perfect base for discovering Paris at its most romantic and cosmopolitan, and savouring an equally original and sophisticated cuisine. A simply exceptional residence.
The art of Jean-Pierre Vigato, Chef of Restaurant Apicius, draws its inspiration from traditional “bourgeois” cuisine, dishes left to simmer on the stove and the very best of market produce. This means that blue Brittany lobster, white truffle, John Dory and game will be accompanied by the simplest of vegetables, in dishes that showcase the creativity and love of cuisine that this self-taught Chef has inherited from his mother and grandmother. This superb 19th century private mansion on the ground floor of the former Hôtel de Talhouët-Roy boasts a welcoming atmosphere and in the summer, it opens onto a delightful garden, right in the heart of Paris.
After more than thirty years of passion, sharing and inventiveness, Chef Guy Martin has created a cuisine which is like him, modern, sensuous and daring. A cuisine which associates pleasure and wellbeing, awakens the senses and creates emotions. Each dish is a masterpiece at this historic restaurant overlooking the gardens of the Palais Royal, frequented in the past not just by Napoleon and Josephine but also by Victor Hugo and Colette. The flavours of the world come together in grilled turbot and artichokes with pineapple-sage infused oil, or green pea ice-cream.
Being the fourth generation of a family of Chefs, for Hélène Darroze, fine dining is the opportunity to give pleasure. Her cuisine is lively, strongly linked to emotions and reflects her state of mind. In the cosy atmosphere of the “Salle à Manger”, with its soft and warm colours, a choice of menus based around what’s in season and the best produce the market has to offer is served. Hélène Darroze has stories to tell: even the slightest detail of a dish reveals who she is, evokes a sensation, memories, scents. The Darroze family collection of vintage Bas Armagnacs provides the perfect end to a perfect meal.
In the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, in the magnificent setting of a pavilion dating back to Napoleon III with ceiling friezes by Caran d'Ache, Chef Frédéric Anton, MOF (Best Craftsman of France) serves a cuisine which is both subtle and generous. He reveals the best of his ingredients, teasing out flavours and aromas: poached egg with a truffled tartlet and pig’s cheek melting in its spices. Chrystelle Brua creates the desserts, and breathes a touch of magic into great classic dishes such as Paris-Brest or pears Belle-Hélène. Your host will be Jean-Jacques Chauveau, awarded Best Maître d'Hôtel in the World 2013, for whom hospitality goes hand in hand with warmth and friendliness.
The only château-hotel in Paris nestles in a green setting, a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue Victor Hugo: a splendid Napoleon III residence, refurbished with a touch of fantasy by Bambi Sloan. The former Thiers Foundation, which once received the most brilliant students in France, has become a select venue where you can recharge your batteries. The library bar is a place to exchange confidences. The boudoir-style spa offers treatments based on the prestigious Maison Guerlain. The chef offers fine cuisine in the dining room inherited from the Foundation. In the summer the terrace and its hot air balloon décor evoke the past of the place: it had been the first aerodrome in Paris!
The Auberge, nestled in the Domaine de Chantilly, between the château gardens and the Grandes Écuries, takes its name from what was the Jeu de Paume, which now displays the monumental paintings from the Condé Museum. Its sober lines and elegant appointments, designed by Le Nôtre and Mansart, echo a very particular French-style art de vivre. Its restaurant, La Table du Connétable, serves inventive traditional cuisine, and the libraries and the open fire in the Winter Garden Bar create a truly warm and welcoming atmosphere. The spa’s subtle lighting and coloured mosaics add the finishing touches to this perfect hideaway, just a few kilometres from Paris.
Cazaudehore, the name of a family and a place, has epitomised the art of living and hospitality in Saint-Germain-en-Laye for three generations. Twenty minutes from Paris, in the heart of a forest of hundred-year-old oak trees, the hotel offers a retreat which is close insofar as it is easy to reach but one which gives the feeling of escape to somewhere else. This feeling casts its magical spell in a stunning garden, with modern comfort and gourmet treats and the strains of jazz in the winter. Cazaudehore "La Forestière" is a family home, a place to enjoy a meal or sit by the fire and escape for a few days. A perfect getaway on the outskirts of the capital.
Back in 1954 the Dépée family turned this former post house into one of the first Relais & Châteaux properties. Charming and tranquil, this top culinary destination is surrounded by Loire châteaux and the vineyards of Sancerre and Pouilly. Experience the rare pleasure of sleeping under a thatched roof, and allow yourself to be seduced by the cuisine of Chef Yoshi Miura in the restaurant, looking out on century-old oak trees. On the menu is a magical ravioli of wild mushrooms and velouté with a truffle jus, and John Dory in a La Ratte potato crust and sweet red onion sauce. This delicious food is complemented by wine from the highly acclaimed cellar.
In the Champagne region, on the slopes of the river Marne, the Hostellerie La Briqueterie is a paradise of well-being and good living. Épernay, the capital of Champagne wine, with its 110 km of cellars, including the most prestigious ones, to visit, is just a few minutes away. Here, every possible step has been taken to ensure complete relaxation between serene walks in the landscaped garden and its roses, tranquil baths, essential oil massages at the spa and gourmet meals that delight the palate whilst keeping the figure trim. Sample tartare of langoustines with citrus fruit aromas and don’t resist a glass of champagne.
Les Crayères is a mythical property in the heart of Reims, nestled discreetly in a seven hectare park full of lush vegetation. This former home of the de Polignac family permanently recreates and modernises the “chateau style” in an atmosphere which is one of elegant sophistication. Perfectly appointed rooms and suites await with a love of detail which is characteristic for pure classical French style. The warm welcome, impeccable service and MOF (Best Craftsman of France) Chef Philippe Mille’s gourmet restaurant with its wine list featuring more than 600 champagne labels, make this the ideal place to start discovering all the treasures of this region.
Set amid lush vineyards that extend as far as the eye can see, Royal Champagne is a former coach house, which was used by the kings of France on their way to Reims for their coronation. Once one of favourite stopovers of Napoleon and his generals, it is now the ideal base from which to explore the glorious Champagne Maisons. But there is no need to travel, just visit the house’s wine cellar that boasts no fewer than 280 exceptional brut and rosé vintages and crus. Savour these outstanding wines while dining at the restaurant, soaking in the panoramic views of the vineyards of Épernay. Toast to a memorable stay!
Legend has it that Jean Cocteau designed the staircase of the Château de Courcelles... Regardless of whether it is true, this rumour speaks volumes about the attention to detail in this palace where Jean-Jacques Rousseau once liked to stroll in the French garden and French literary figures Racine, La Fontaine and Dumas stayed between Paris, the Aisne and the Champagne. Which now famous pages did they write here? This can be contemplated while strolling through the magnificent grounds, swimming in the pool, playing a round of golf, or a game of tennis, and dining like royalty, discovering the best local products and excellent wines.
Le Clos Parc & Spa in Verneuil-sur-Avre, which was in English hands during the Hundred Years War, is on the road from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel, and is near Chartres, Le Perche Regional Nature Park and Giverny. It is quintessentially English. This château, with its Anglo-Norman conical turret roof and flambé-glazed bricks, inspired by Viollet-le-Duc, is nestled in a park with ancient trees which leads to two restaurants. The rooms are elegantly appointed, with period furniture and elegant wallpaper evoking the world of the horse. Le Clos offers a delightful new wellness area and a charming Gustave Eiffel-style ironwork conservatory for breakfast, a bistro and tea room.
Formerly an inn, at one time a grocer’s shop, and then a country delicatessen; this ancient Normandy manor house has already lived several lives. In the little village of La Saussaye, with its half-timbered houses and turrets, it is today an intimate hideaway, romantic down to the finest detail. The rooms boast a balcony with a view of the landscaped garden and in winter you can enjoy a crackling fire. Stroll under the willow trees and enjoy the collection of vintage mini-bars. An hour from Trouville, Honfleur and the garden of Claude Monet, this is the ideal starting point for sampling the best that the region has to offer, visit Rouen and discover the loops of the Seine.
Born in Normandy, two-star Chef Gilles Tournadre has remained faithful to his region. This progressive Chef knows everything there is to know about the culinary traditions of Normandy. On the banks of the river Seine, close to the cathedral painted by Monet, he adds his personal touch to the local style, joyfully reinterpreting the classics and giving them a new twist, as with his version of the traditional Normandy pressed duck recipe and his Rouen-style roasted pigeon. A staunch defender of top-quality and locally sourced products, he will always prefer to serve a fresh line-caught fish, brought to shore by the local fisherman, rather than an exotic fish from overseas.
Once a refuge for impressionist painters, La Ferme Saint-Siméon is celebrated for its bucolic surroundings and beautiful Seine estuary light. Monet and Courbet would come here and work on their colours, and Baudelaire would flee the melancholy of Paris in search of inspiration. The farm, close to the old harbour of Honfleur and the Eugène-Boudin Museum, has now been restored throughout and provides an outstanding spa with beauty and relaxing treatments based on organic ingredients such as milk and Normandy apples. “Oh, Saint-Siméon”, exclaimed the painter Eugène Boudin in one of his journals. Indeed it is hard not to love the place, and even harder to leave it behind.
Château d’Audrieu, located between Caen and Bayeux, offers the opportunity to travel back in time. This 18th century edifice, listed as a historical monument, offers the warm welcome of a family home. The elegantly proportioned château is set in an extensive 25 hectares of wooded grounds and gardens. Hesitate not a minute longer, all the charms of Normandy await you at Audrieu! Turn the pages of history and discover not only the beaches of the D-Day landings, but also Bayeux and its famous Queen Matilda's tapestry, Caen - the city of the Dukes of Normandy -, and Mont-Saint-Michel - a treasure of French heritage -, not to mention the restaurant’s gourmet delights.
La Grenouillère, originally a typical regional family restaurant, has become under the amazing starred Chef Alexandre Gauthier,one of France's most inventive chefs, a place which is definitely out of the ordinary. The century-old buildings have been preserved, but two sleek new metallic marquees by architect Patrick Bouchain have redesigned the property. The restaurant, which now opens out onto the garden and greenery, serves a radical cuisine, one that is rooted in the local area and uses freely and imaginatively ingredients from the sea and from hunting and gathering. You can extend your sensory experience by staying in one of the huts in the garden.
Lindsay and Christian Germain, the owners of this manor house just a stone’s throw from Le Touquet and the Channel Tunnel, have combined the best of England and France to make a visit to the Château de Montreuil an absolute must. When English charm meets French fine dining, it makes for a seriously enjoyable stay. Lunch on the terrace, dine with friends, or simply relax in the flower garden with a book, a glass of champagne, or a cup of tea, at what was once the country retreat of the Wooster/Rothschild family. A stroll along the ramparts of the town and some of the finest beaches on the Opal Coast await.
The Château de Beaulieu is an architectural gem with elegant facades and interiors in a romantic park, one hour from Le Touquet, between the Opal Coast and Belgium. The subtle balance of classic architecture and contemporary art makes this the perfect setting for what is one of the top restaurants in the region. Chef Marc Meurin pays tribute to Pas-de-Calais producers by using ingredients like Boulogne-sur-Mer scallops, Étaples bass and other fish from the North Sea. Meurin believes that “because of the currents in the nearby sea, the fish become strong and daring, which enhances the quality of their taste”. Savour his creations in two glass-roofed restaurants.
At Les Maisons de Bricourt there are breathtaking views of the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel and, at your feet, the oyster farms and the little port of Cancale. In this world of the seafarers of Saint-Malo, the spirit of the restaurant Le Coquillage is one of elegant simplicity. The cuisine with produce from the bay of Cancale reflects the maritime adventures of this pirate country by using more than 120 spices from the East and West Indies. You will find two residences; the château Richeux and the cottage Les Rimains, as well as Les Gîtes Marins for families. The Roellingers’s joie de vivre is evident in the patisserie-tea room Grain de Vanille and the Épices-Roellinger warehouse.
Surrounded by the immense sea and the reefs of the Pink Granite Coast, the Manoir de Lan-Kerellec in Trébeurden is a jewel in Brittany’s crown. From your balcony, drink in the magical panoramic view of the islands of Milliau, Molène and Losquet. Then you might want to take a walk along the coastal "path of the customs officers" to taste the sea spray, or scuba dive for a closer look at the underwater nature reserve. Enjoy your dinner showcasing the produce of the sea in the dining room built in the shape of an upturned boat, a masterpiece by the Compagnons du Devoir.
Formerly a smuggling port and refuge, Roscoff has remained a unique destination, with its waves of emerald, granite cottages and manor houses nestled amongst the cliffs. This hideaway is an ancient trader’s property with a swimming pool, spa and direct access to the beach. The chef will treat you to an exceptional quality of fish and seafood, directly sourced from the local fishermen. His cuisine is a reflection of modern Brittany; it is a real pleasure to see, to feel, to taste! A 15 minutes boat trip is all that is needed to discover the island of Batz, a “tropical” pearl with palm trees and beaches of fine sand that has been magically misplaced in the English Channel.
Refined dishes such as lobster ravioli, croustille of tourteau, suckling veal and lamb from the Ponclet farm, white of turbot… take on a special flavour when they are served on the seafront in a wonderful place like Hôtel de la Plage. The panoramic restaurant overlooks the ocean and the vast beach of fine sand, only separated by a unique dry stone wall. There are similar views from the rooms, where you can hear the gentle lapping of the waves. Guests with families will enjoy the beach entirely dedicated to children, the water-based recreational activities and walks offered by the Bay of Douarnenez and the Finistère.
Locguénolé is located next to the dark waters of a sea inlet in the heart of a land of legends. The Château and the small Manor House overlook a wide estuary where the light and landscape change with the tides. These buildings from the 18th and early 19th centuries are set in wooded parkland and have remained in the hands of the same family for centuries. They boast a combination of modern comfort and tradition with classical décor and period furniture. The creative cuisine is based on a subtle pairing of ingredients from the Morbihan terroir and the ocean. A private pontoon permits sailors travelling up the Blavet from Lorient harbour to dock at this delightful haven.
The secluded island of Belle-Île-en-Mer is the ideal setting for a restorative getaway. You reach this aptly named “beautiful island at sea” by boat, with its rocky coves with turquoise water, blooming hills and pastel-hued ports. Castel Clara Thalasso & Spa overlooks with its two buildings inspired by Belle-Île the picturesque Goulphar Bay, where the Impressionist Claude Monet liked to paint his magical landscapes. Marvel at the views of the Aiguilles de Port-Coton, a series of sculptural rocky formations jutting out in the middle of the ocean, savour the delights of seafood cuisine, or head to the thalassotherapy centre or spa to discover the new Ludique & Design pool.
Bertrand Jaquet, owner of Domaine de Rochevilaine, has a genuine passion for Brittany and his desire to share that love with his guests is evident. Be seduced by the breathtaking, typically Breton setting on the Vilaine estuary with its jagged cliffs and blue waters. Savour a Breton lobster like none other at the seaside restaurant, where dining feels a bit like being on the deck of an ocean liner. Listen to the sound of the waves during a restorative treatment at the spa, perhaps “la table phénicienne” (the Phoenician table), a massage patented by the property. Another one of Bertrand Jaquet’s passions is art, as can be discovered in the hotel’s wonderful art gallery.
The boundless charm of this estate works its magic as soon as you cross the gates. A 15th century castle nestles in the heart of magnificent parkland with ancient trees and outbuildings housing the guest rooms. Each of the rooms boasts an original décor and they all exude warmth, authenticity and sophistication: also the hallmark of the Chef’s inventive cuisine at Le Montaigu, and of the décor of the bar in the former stable block which has preserved the ancient marble feed and water troughs. The Cour Carrée spa is a perfect haven of peace offering well-being and peace of mind and the 18-hole golf course, designed by Henry Cotton, provides superb views over the castle.
For the past four centuries, this granite fort on the Croisic peninsula has stood guard over the moods of the Atlantic Ocean and the ramparts, moats and drawbridges of this look-out post of the savage coast are all still standing since the days of Vauban. Built to resist storms and attacks, today, behind this tough exterior there is charming oak panelling, sweet-smelling gardens, a sheltered swimming pool and a kitchen garden. The chef uses herbs and vegetables from the garden in his inventive cuisine that usually includes fresh seafood. For dessert, the slightly salty homemade caramel is a real treat.
This Belle Epoque Mansion house with its sophisticated décor by Jacques Garcia overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and La Baule’s fine sandy six-mile-long beach. Every detail counts. This villa, now a hotel, is an ideal retreat for couples and families who want to spend some special time together. The delicious breakfast already hints at the chef’s treats in store, such as pigeon breasts in wild hay. You can enjoy all the activities offered by La Baule Resort: golf and the Thalgo Thalassotherapy Centre, an evening at the Casino and water sports in the bay when the weather is fine. Here time stands still and you can get around on the bikes available at the hotel.
On the sand dunes, facing the charming port of La Gravette, Anne de Bretagne is a contemporary villa, perfectly placed to enjoy the best of Brittany. There are breath-taking views over the ocean from the suites and the Italian-style terraces. In the excellent restaurant, Philippe Vételé’s cuisine is inventive with a touch of the sea, in perfect harmony with the wines selected by Michèle Vételé, a highly-recognised sommelier. In season, you can try wild clams with shredded leek. Fish and shellfish create a perfect match: “slow-cooked” line-caught sea bass is served with a sardine concassé, a string of winkles and a sea lettuce emulsion.
Delightful French-style gardens and the historic walls of the Logis de la Chabotterie, a significant site in the Vendée war where General Charette was captured in 1796, provide the idyllic setting for this highly renowned restaurant. The two-star Chef Thierry Drapeau takes his inspiration from the surrounding countryside and its top-quality ingredients, then adding an artistic flourish to his fine regional cuisine. He favours herbs over spices, and creates a fragrant, brightly coloured "floral cuisine". Savory might accompany an asparagus starter, and pureed Vitelotte potatoes add a pretty dash of violet to a brandade of cod delicately flavoured with parsley juice.
Nestled on nine hectares of grounds, the Château de Noirieux with its tufa stones and bluish slates is an oasis of calm, elegance and privacy. The atmosphere recalls the grandeur of historical stately homes and there is a magnificent inlaid Érard piano. The Maîtres de Maison Anja and Gérard Côme take pride in ensuring that everything is perfect, right down to the slightest detail. Each room is lightly perfumed with its own special fragrance, the welcome is warm, the terrace is surrounded by beautiful nature and, in the kitchen, the chef has discovered the secret of remarkable and inspired cuisine, tailored around the freshest produce that’s in season.
Located on a tufa cliff overlooking the meandering Loire, recently listed by Unesco as a World Heritage site, the Hotel Les Hautes Roches, carved into the rocks, is truly unique. In this exceptional setting every room is different. The south-facing cave rooms with a view of the Loire, some carved into the rock, are all elegantly decorated with stylish fabrics in perfect harmony with the place. The classical but creative Breton-inspired cuisine perfectly marries the fresh seafood with local products. Each season brings new things to discover at this treasure on the Loire.
Delve into history at this magnificent château in the heart of the Loire Valley and the Vouvray vineyards. Its gorgeous stained glass windows, its magnificent staircase and stately gardens transport guests back in time to 1560, when Château de Noizay was the setting of an important episode in the French Wars of Religion. Here, a group of Protestant Huguenots, known as the Amboise conspirators, hatched their plot to abduct the young King Francois II. Each of the château’s rooms has its own unique décor featuring authentic period furniture. It is the perfect base from which to explore the sites and tastes of the legendary Loire Valley.
A hunting lodge, built in 1860, on the wine trail through the castles of the Loire. This historic residence, with walls clad in pepper vine, nestles in an unspoilt setting amidst ponds teeming with birdlife and offers the ideal peaceful retreat for nature lovers. Wake up to a bright new day from the cosy comfort of one of its guestrooms. Two-stars Chef Rémy Giraud serves local Loire cuisine with a modern twist. On the menu: Loire shad, parsley mousse, Monsieur Marpault’s asparagus and “mariguette” strawberries and hibiscus. It also offers a wide selection of excellent wines, including the finest Loire, Vouvray, Montlouis and Touraine whites.
In this Renaissance manor house in the heart of Romorantin, the capital of Sologne, the city that made Leonardo da Vinci come to France, talented Chef Didier Clément takes great delight in experimenting with natural flavours. His readings, encounters and walks in Sologne have resulted in his author’s cuisine, which highlights forgotten ingredients such as angelica, elderflower and peppery grains of paradise, and will surprise your taste buds. His white asparagus or chanterelles, seasonal game, fine desserts, accompanied by the best Loire wines, subtly awaken the senses.