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PARIS: CHAMPS-ELYSEES

Saint James Paris
The Saint James Club in Paris extends to our Members the benefits of private membership at its historically important château in the heart of Paris. For meetings in Paris, the venue and ambience could hardly be more impressive. For pleasure, this superb chateau behind an almost regal gated entrance, surrounding its guests in French antiquities and silk furnishings, leaves you in no doubt that you are in one of the world’s most culturally stimulating cities. Far better, we think, to be ensconced in one of France’s historic monuments as a VIP guest with special privileges, than to stay in a ‘normal’ hotel.

The Saint James is part of French history. It was built in 1892 as the Nation's memorial to Adolphe Thiers, President of the French Republic, which accounts for the opulence of its design, its large, secluded walled gardens, and its prime location near the Arc de Triomphe, between Avenue Foch and Avenue Victor Hugo. Thiers never lived in the chateau, but France’s finest students of politics and history resided here in luxurious splendour as part of the Thiers Foundation. Later, as befitted its atmosphere of a large chateau within a private estate, it became a private club as well as an elegant hotel, and our Members enjoy reciprocal club benefits and access. . . more



PARIS: CHAMPS-ELYSEES

Hotel Vernet
This is one of our favourite hotels in Paris—a boutique five star with inspired interiors designed by the famous Francois Champsaur, offering plenty of space, style and artistic character, in the heart of the city. Standing in Rue Vernet, parallel to the Champs-Elysées in the ‘golden triangle’ couture shopping area, with the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais and Chaillot museums nearby, the Vernet is a Parisian delight: classic in style with contemporary touches of French art and craftsmanship.

The Vernet has been an hotel ever since it was built in 1913, a tribute to the Belle Epoque period in its spacious and elegant Haussman-style interiors—including a spectacular glass dome designed by Gustave Eiffel himself, a stained glass stairwell and colonnaded foyer. A bar sculpted from a single piece of marble, and a custom-made carpet featuring a fresco by French artist Jean-Michel Alberola all add to the artistic ambience, and our Members enjoy privileged rates. . . . more


PARIS: CHAMPS-ELYSEES

Hotel De Sers
Hôtel de Sers, an aristocratic 19th-century townhouse in the heart of Paris, just off the Champs-Elysee, combines a rich history with contemporary style, a superb central location and excellent five-star service. This luxurious château-like petite palace was built in 1880 as the Parisian home of Henri-Leopold Charles, Marquis de Sers. It is a short walk from Avenue Montaigne and the illustrious George V in the heart of Paris's ‘golden triangle’ luxury district (it is frequently recommended by its grand neighbour when the George V is sold out—and also by CountryClubuk!).

The Hôtel de Sers retains the ambience of its foundation as an aristocratic townhouse, with a 22m long gallery, a grand staircase, an elegant salon, and an impressive array of French paintings by distinguished artists. It was sensitively renovated in 2004 in an 11 million euro development by Thibault Vidalenc, whose family has owned the building for three generations, with his architect-cousin Thomas, who also designed most of the furniture and added the latest comforts, technology and amenities to the rooms. . . . more


PARIS: OPERA

Hotel Edouard 7
To follow in King Edward VII's footsteps, staying in the Parisian townhouse in which he entertained such famous French actresses as Sarah Bernhardt and society hostess Alice Keppel, great-grandmother of the Duchess of Cornwall, adds extra cachet to a visit to this romantic city. Named Eduoard 7, the hotel has been recreated in the image of 'Bertie', Prince of Wales. It is an historic emblem of entente-cordiale and a fascinating experience—we love this Paris home from home.

Built in 1877, the Edouard 7 has charm and rather a good French restaurant, as well as its unique Anglo-French history. It was named after the future King of England, who as Prince of Wales used to stay here, enjoy its rooftop views of Paris, frequent the nearby Opèra Garnier, wine, dine and entertain his society friends. Now beautifully restored, Royal accents abound throughout the hotel, the aim being to emulate the personality and style of Edward VII in detail: the result is French elegance and down-to-earth British spirit—it is a true hidden gem in Paris. . . . more


PARIS: SAINT-HONORE

Hotel Chavanel
It is a pleasure to discover in a favourite city an artistic gem of an hotel of which hardly anybody has ever heard, but which makes you want to return again and again. We can all find the best five-star hotels—discovering a chic, private four-star which is interesting in its own right and which you can genuinely call your home in a smart street in the heart of a great city is a different matter. Which is why Hotel Chavanel, in the fashionable Saint-Honoré district of Paris, is such a find.

It was brought to our attention by the owner herself, Sophie Charlet-Melloul. She is not the usual hotelier: Hotel Chavanel was left to her by a relative—and this explains the style, and the care which she lavishes on every detail. It has a certain je ne sais quoi, as they say. It is also feminine without being fussy—fashionista, but sensible. . . . more


PARIS: ST GERMAIN DES PRES

Hotel Montalembert

Some things are a perfect match: Paris and literature, the Left Bank and—Hotel Montalembert. And not merely because Nancy Mitford said so, though she did! In her pre-war classic, 'The Pursuit of Love', she has Fabrice telling Linda, ‘Je m'excuse, Madame, for not taking you to the Ritz, but I have a feeling for the Hotel Montalembert just now, that it will suit your mood this morning.’ We think it will suit your mood too.

A favourite with artists and writers since its inception in 1926, the elegant Hotel Montalembert stands in the heart of the fashionable and cultural St Germain des Prés district—home of artists and writers, art galleries and antiques, style and shopping, not to mention the leafy Jardin du Luxembourg, the Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre. And with its warm, intimate atmosphere and art-filled rooms, it feels just like a private apartment building. . . . more


PARIS: ST GERMAIN DES PRES

Hotel Bel Ami
If you are thinking of taking a city break, the highly-rated Hotel Bel Ami—once the west wing of the Abbey St Germain—will make you choose Paris. Nestling in a quiet, pretty street on the Left Bank, just off the vibrant Boulevard St-Germain, it is a stylish yet peaceful five-star oasis.

St-Germain-des-Pres is a fabulous area in which to stay. Once an intellectual hub for artists and thinkers including Simone de Beauvoir and Jean Paul Sartre, it is full of colourful outdoor cafés and boutiques, as well as all the art and culture you expect. The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and Jardin du Luxembourg are all nearby, as is the River Seine and the Church of St-Germain des Pres, the oldest in Paris. There is also a thriving local jazz scene. Le Bilbouquet, one of the most famous clubs in Paris, is there, which counts among its performers jazz legends Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. . . . more


PARIS: ST GERMAIN DES PRES

Hotel Louison
Standing on the Left Bank in Rue de Vaugirard, between Saint Germain-des-Prés and Montparnasse, the Hotel Louison is ideal for galleries, museums, churches, boutiques, restaurants, cafés, Metro stops, and all the general bustle of this flowering of bohemian culture. It has had a fascinating past as, first, the home of the illegitimate children of Louis XIV in the 17th century, and later, in the First World War, the residence of the first aviators in Paris, hence the original name, Hotel Aviatic. Early 20th-century painters, sculptors, writers and musicians also spent time here. Now the owners have used their own good taste and that of architect F Foucaut in redesigning the interiors so that retro furniture and fine fabrics create a very French atmosphere, sophisticated yet homely. Each of the 43 rooms has a distinctive style, with soft colours and romantic lighting. The tiny ‘winter garden’ is a breath of fresh air. Members requiring a chic and comfortable Left Bank hotel find a home from home here at especially affordable rates . . . more

FRENCH ALPS

L'Abbaye de Talloires, Lake Annecy
Stunning Lake Annecy is a beautiful pre-Alpine lake in the Haute Savoire department of France, 50k south of Geneva. Our chosen hotel in this idyllic location is a mediaeval abbey, the romantic L'Abbaye de Talloires, which stands on the lakeside 20 minutes from Annecy. For the fifth consecutive year Abbaye de Talloires has been named among the four best hotels in France. It is wonderful: the scenery is divine, the location perfect, and the hotel, its grounds, its food and service are all truly special, down to the last detail. If you have never been, we urge you to do so now, with Members special rates and VIP service . . . more

FRENCH RIVIERA

Château Saint-Martin & Spa
Set in the Maritime Alps among the coastal hills of the Cote d'Azur, not far from the coast, the mediaeval walled town of Vance has long been a magnet for artists such as Chagall and Matisse, drawn here by the natural beauty of the surroundings, its position between the mountains and the Mediterranean, and the pure mineral spring water that runs freely through the many fountains dotted about the town. In the 12th century the Château was a Knights Templar commandery, taking advantage of the sweeping views over the Côte d’Azur. Today it is a five-star hotel blending historic character with life’s luxuries—including an exclusive invitation to enjoy the private beach on Cap d’Antibes. . . . more

BEAUJOLAIS

Château de Bagnols
To stay in an historic French château in the middle of Beaujolais is a dream come true for any lover of fine wine, gourmet food and good living—and we have an exclusive arrangement for Members to do just that at the famous five-star Château de Bagnols, currently celebrating its 800th birthday.

Château de Bagnols, just 27 miles from Lyon, is one of France's most luxurious hotels. Staying here in this mediaeval château is truly to consider oneself king of the castle—an historic monument, protected by the State, it has a moat, drawbridge and thick stone castle walls, ramparts and towers, all dating from the 1200s. It has played its part in battles and conflicts including the Hundred Years War. It is like being in a living part of French history—but there is more, much more, to Château de Bagnols than this. Fastidiously restored by Lady Hamlyn, grandiose yet comfortable, it has earned its title as one of France’s greatest hotels because the whole experience of staying here is phenomenal in terms of style, service, food and wine, ambience, and every other category of what makes a great hotel, some of which is indefinable. . . . more

BURGUNDY

Abbaye du Val des Choues
Here is a thrilling chance to ride to hounds in Burgundy, hunting wild boar with the Piqu’avant-Bourgogne Hunt and staying with the Joint Masters, Inès and Michel Monot, at their 12th-century Cistercian monastery, built by the Duke of Burgundy in the forest of Châtillon-sur-Seine. Hunting in France dates back to the first kings and several hundred Hunts continue to hunt mainly stag and boar. The Piqu’avant-Bourgogne hunt boar in true French tradition, including using French horns to communicate the different stages of the hunt to the followers. The ceremony, specialist boar hounds and forest paths add unique elements to their sport, fascinating to all who hunt here. Non-riders can follow in a carriage. . . . more































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