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French Country Hideaways: Vacationing At Private Chateaus & Manors in Rural France Hardcover – October 2, 2005
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Casey O'Brien Blondes has found, meticulously researched, and visited 36 authentic chateaux and manor houses that welcome travelers. More than that, she describes the spirit and character of each place so vividly that you can practically smell the pungent rosemary in the kitchen or the antique roses you might find on your bedside table. While soaking up the history of the place or meeting the family, you will revel in the beauty of Stephanie Cardon's incandescent photographs. This is also an unusual and glorious resource for interior designers, filled with color and charm from austere to cozy.
Each presentation includes many photos and a vignette of the owners/hosts and their homes. Photos include views of some rooms, the country settings, and personalizing details such as gardens, animals, foods, decor, but only in a few cases the owners themselves.
Practical information is included in a separate chapter, comprising addresses, phone numbers, and in some cases email addresses and websites. Each location is classified as moderate (70-150 euros/night) or luxury (120-300 euros/night) for double occupancy. Days and hours of operation for coups de coeur are also listed. All information is as of the publication date (2005), and a random search as of Nov 2010 indicated the same in most cases, to approximately 15% higher in some cases.
All in all, we found this to be a helpful planning guide that made us think of visiting some other areas in addition to where we planned to go. It also provides a good peek into how the exurban French live. We'll almost certainly stay at one or two of the locations, and catch an additional "coups de coeur" or two.
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Why would anyone living outside France wish to have a vacation in a French countryside? Why in a French farmhouse, when you can stay in a very comparably quaint and rustic Polish... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Ken Itani
I still love this book which came from Amazon a few years ago. We actually stayed in two of the properties. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by smokey
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