Author(s): Alastair Sawday
Nineteen years of experience have gone into creating this trusted glove-pocket guide, a pleasure to read and the perfect gift for a Francophile friend. A seductive collection of 380 hotels, chateaux and auberges - beautiful, unusual, individual - have been selected and inspected in the best Sawday's tradition - these special places are here because we like them. * Find hotels from all over France, including 60 new for this edition, from catered ski chalets in the Pyrenees to beachside retreats on the Cote d'Azur * Over 150 places have rooms for two at EURO100 or less - or treat yourself to a slice of luxury. All are chosen for their character and warmth, great hospitality and fine wines and food - often hosted at the communal table * Clear symbols, excellent maps, over 750 colour photos, and honest and lively write-ups take the hard work out of finding the perfect place for your special stay Combine this with good maps, clear symbols and quick reference indices, and you will find French Chateaux & Hotels a pleasure to read.
If you want to discover the real heart of France - the characterful places that break free from the chains - you want to start your journey with the Sawday's guide. The Guardian From the Loire to the Languedoc, Sawday unearths the most beguiling chateaux, auberges and hotels, all offering excellent food and liberal libations of wine. The Telegraph Searching for your perfect getaway is now easier than ever French Magazine
Alastair has built a team of talented editors who are as committed as he is to the search for authenticity and personality in places to stay. They are also 'driving' the world's first carbon 'neutral' publishing company; the search for a reduced ecological footprint is a serious one. The company has won The Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category, an award from Business Commitment to the Environment and a Green Apple Award and moved to its own eco-offices in January 2006.