It’s often called one of the most romantic countries in the world, but it’s hard to put your finger on exactly why France is so associated with l’amour. The literature has certainly played a part and copious amount of champagne can’t hurt, but to really understand the magic of this country, you’ll simply have to go there yourself and experience it in person…
Once a favourite haunt of Émile Zola, Victor Hugo and Gustave Flaubert, Lapérouse is one of many Parisian establishments that really make you wish the walls could talk. The decadent haute cuisine and intimate settings will charm anyone with a passion for history – and after dinner, you can retreat to the luxurious privacy of Chateau D’alsace, a 17th-century luxury villa that provides a peaceful haven within easy reach of the capital’s sights.
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They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but we’re fairly certain that the gastronomic delights of the Dordogne transcend gender. Foodie couples will swoon over the ingenious fare at Les Jardins d’Harmonie in the idyllic mediaeval town of Sarlat, while over in Bergerac you’ll find equally delectable cuisine that highlights the finest French ingredients, from foie gras to escargots. Once you’re ready to pop, head back to Petite Shambhala and polish the evening off with a bottle of white as you star gaze on the terrace.
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The fascinating history of the Languedoc is well worth exploring, but if you’re looking for a more relaxing holiday, simply set up camp at the spectacular La Maison Du Sud, snuggle up on the sofa and get stuck into a Kate Mosse book. Once you feel suitably au fait with the region, drive off to Carcassonne for a day spent wandering hand-in-hand through the labyrinthine streets and cycling along the banks of the Canal du Midi.
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We can’t promise you any enchanted princess or fairy godmothers, but if you’re looking for a fairytale setting, you can’t beat the Loire Valley. After settling into Maison Pierre-Louis, one of our finest luxury villas to rent in central France, head down to the House of George Sand to learn all about one of the nation’s most celebrated and romantic authors. Her most famous quote? “There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.”
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It’s no secret that Brittany’s great outdoors entice visitors from all over the world. But nothing says ‘I love you’ more than experiencing the sights via a tandem bike ride – yes, we’re only half joking. But seriously, it’s a brilliant way to see the region up close and you’re virtually guaranteed a barrel of laughs. Your legs might be a little sore, but a good soak in Le Cocon’s free standing copper bath will fix all your aches and pains.
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