Publié le 10/04/2017

This Spring, Discover Another Countryside.

Treat yourself to a springtime getaway with Relais & Châteaux.

This Spring, Discover Another Countryside.

Treat yourself to a springtime getaway with Relais & Châteaux.

Château de Riell, A retreat for gentlemen travellers

Facing Mount Canigou, Château de Riell is a paradise for travellers. Backed by a bar with an "Out of Africa" feel, it evokes journeys to the end of the world. In the morning, dawdle in the Russian dacha where you may enjoy a princely breakfast. On the roof of this Scottish castle, lost in lands of Northern Catalonia, splash about in the swimming pool before treating yourself to a kaolin clay bath at the thermal springs of Molitg-les-Bains. And lose yourself in the luxurious nature of this area populated by stone pines and oleanders. Think about your next adventure, but in the meanwhile enjoy staying in this home with its soul of a traveller.

The Domaine de Rochevilaine, alone facing the sea...

This is the end of the world. Where? In Brittany, of course. At the tip of Pen Lan, a village of beautiful old houses welcomes you. Each building, all more than a century old, has been moved here stone by stone. The rooms are as vast as the ocean they overlook. Isolated, taking in the winds and ocean spray, feast on Breton lobster in the restaurant that has the allure of an antique galleon. Chef Maxime Nouail loves seafood. After a night rocked to sleep by the waves, he proposes "morning lunches" that are as copious as they are original, with oysters holding their rightful place. There is enough to feed the sailor in you, who dreams of taking to sea from this Breton haven.

Hostellerie La Cheneaudière & Spa, An organic paradise in Alsace

Generosity of the heart is not merely a concept in Alsace. At the Hostellerie La Cheneaudière & Spa, between Obernai and Colmar, this sense of hospitality has been translated into the opening of the organic vegetable garden... to everyone! But do not rest satisfied simply pulling carrots from the ground. Head to the restaurant of chef Roger Bouhassoun to taste his ultra-fresh ingredients. Even in the gigantic Nature-Spa homemade cosmetics made from plants and honey are used. From dining to spa treatments, everything is organic and local.

The Vieux Logis, your family home in the Périgord

Not everyone has the fortune of having a family home in the countryside. But no matter when, you can adopt the Vieux Logis for a "countryside" sojourn. Stay for the weekend or for a longer retreat like Henry Miller, the American writer who found so much inspiration here that he stayed an entire month! Like him, enjoy tasting the savoury cuisine of Michelin-starred chef Vincent Arnould, who reimagines the extremely delicious specialities of the Périgord Noir inside the former tobacco barn that is the soul of this family home open to all. 

Le Suquet, Sébastien Bras, a legacy of love for nature

You must take a winding road that passes through the mineral nature of the Aubrac to reach this UFO – of glass and transparency – that is the establishment of Le Suquet. Today, it is the son of Michel Bras, Sébastien, who is in charge. He is the recipient of a legacy of love for a cuisine both natural and rustic, where herbs are queens and local products are fact. It is a cuisine crowned with three stars from the Michelin Guide. Coming to Laguiole, to the Bras', is a guarantee that you will be treating yourself to a golden hermitic pause on the high plateaus of Aveyron, far from civilization and where all is incredibly delicate and cared for.

Château de Codignat, Sleep like a king in Auvergne 

It is when you slip under the downy duvet in one of the canopied beds of Château de Codignat, that you really get a taste of the good life of a castellan. In the heart of wild and lush Auvergne, this fortified castle from the 15th century has traded in its warrior character to embrace the good habits of a refined home. For the Michelin-starred chef Mathieu Barbet, this refinement consists of selecting the best local artisans. Take for example his goat cheese producer, who treats his animals with essential oils and medicinal plants like in olden times. Here, you may enjoy both the traditional and the cosy comfort of modern times. 

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