Hotels in Southwest France
Two architects transformed a medieval priory into a vast garden, complete with pear and cherry orchards, using period tapestries as inspiration. It’s also home to a restaurant and inn.
On slim, windy Route D4, which crisscrosses the foothills below the summit of La Rhune mountain, we pass the lovely village of Sare, where the homey Hôtel Arraya harbors a restaurant and sells fresh gâteaux basques—dense, mealy cakes filled with cherry preserves.
This cool little upstart bed-and-breakfast combines colorful contemporary interior design with family-style service and rooms for under $300.
The cliffside hotel was built in 1872, with hanging eaves and wrought-iron balconies.
Built as part of a St.-Martin-de-Ré shipyard in the 16th century, the Toiras is the kind of property that gives Relais & Châteaux a good name.
The recently updated four-star hotel features molecular gastronomy in chef Philippe Etchebest's restaurant. Try the unexpected scallops in beef jus with raspberry vinegar.
Guest rooms are furnished with antiques at this 19th-century hotel.
These two hotels are interconnecting parts of the same maison d'hôtes. Both sit directly on the port in St.-Martin-de-Ré along with the Hotel de Toiras.
Built to withstand wartime assaults, the 13th-century Château de St.-Geniès has thick stone walls and antiques-filled rooms.