A long time ago, while staying in Paris on a work trip, I met the loveliest couple, Victor and Maria Orsenne. At the time they owned a divine little boutique hotel set right between the Eiffel Tower and the bustling food markets of Rue Cler. Well, they have just emailed me to tell me they've purchased a new property – a petit chateau in the Loire called 'Le Manoir'. The photograph of it was enough to make me want to get on a plane and go straight back to France!
Here are images of the residence in summer and a winter. It was built in 1818 in the style of Louis XII. Doesn't it look beautiful in any season? It would be the perfect base for a driving tour of the Loire Valley. And as with their previous hotel, their rates are fantastically affordable – rooms start from €95. www.manoirdecontres.com/english/welcome.html