Stop-Over Hotels

Break up the journey and see another part of France

Many clients travelling down to Aquitaine by car enjoy a stop-over en-route – this can be lovely way to break the journey.

Over the seasons, we've gathered a few recommendations for stop-over B&B's and charming hotels. If you have discovered another venue, let us know!

Take a look at the box below for some suggestions. We also find these two guides very useful for charming places to stay :Alastair Sawday and Relais & Châteaux. In our experience Alasdair Sawday’s website is a reliable source of good quality, characterful B&Bs.

If you don't want to go far off your route, road-side Campanile hotels offer decent, clean accommodation, usually with a restaurant offering a good quality buffet dinner & breakfast.

For somewhere inexpensive and with character try Logis Hotels. Or for good value, modern motels, try Hotel B&B or Formule 1
Map of France

Le Vieux Château (budget)
Midway between Paris & Bordeaux, comfortable 12-bedroom auberge

Charente Maritime
Blue Sturgeon (luxury)
Stunning, contemporary b&b close to Royan & Médoc vineyards
Charente Maritime
Ma Maison de Mer (mid-high quality)
Lovely b&b with beach-chic feel nr Royan
Le Vieux Logis (mid)
In the village of Clam, between Pons &Jonzac, easy access to autoroute. Comfortable hotel with pool & restaurant
Château de Mesnard-la-Barotière (mid)
Castle south of Nantes, chambres & table d'hôtes
Le Relais (budget)
Les Herbiers market town. Straightforward accommodation and great food
Hotel Le Rabelais (mid)
Situated in historic Fontenay le Comte, recommended by Francophile Anthony Peregrine
Domaine de Brandois (lux)
Nr La Roche sur Yon, 19th century chateau/pile, very grand. Recommended by the Sunday Times
Hotel de Bordeaux (mid)
15-bedroom hotel-restaurant in Pons, north of Bordeaux
Château des Briottières (luxury)
15 bedrooms, swimming pool, tennis court
La Renaudiere (mid)
Lovely renovation of Loire château. Large rooms, lots of character, delicious breakfast, charming French owner, pool table. Also has a fantastic family-suite with two connecting bedrooms.
Loire/Le Mans
Hotel Mercure (mid)
"within easy walking distance of the historic town centre with good choice of places to eat, secure parking and very reasonably priced" - thanks to the Beaumonts for this contribution
grandeur & elegance, best for couples
town centre location
Hotel Londres (mid)
We stopped here  on our way to Moliets et Maa  and it is a lovely place to visit, the Hotel Londres was very good - would recommend
Vouneuil sur Vienne (nr Poitiers)
Decent pool, peaceful retreat, good for families
Miniature chateau, ultra modern, swimming pool, good for couples. A bit posh
Hotels and B&Bs near the ports...
Elegant mansion with garden & pool
Character, warmth, good breakfasts!
Impeccable rooms
Informal former hunting lodge
Le Havre
Stylish hotel in old Honfleur
Lively bar looking out over the boats
St Malo
Tranquil 17th century water mill

N.B. Please check directly with the hotel to make a booking and to ensure facilities mentioned here are still available.

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