France is where the Sawday’s story began, so we’ve always felt more at home there than anywhere else. While we have to wait a little while longer before we can visit again, we’re conjuring its unique flavours, fragrances and feelings with tips from our owners, the team and Alastair himself.
Here are a few suggestions for cooking, reading and virtually touring that’ll whet your appetite for a return to the wine and sunshine of France.
Recreate the flavours
If you close your eyes and think of France, it’s as likely that a taste comes to mind as a sight or sound. These recipes from our owners will hopefully do the reverse, using classic French flavours to take you back to the country you’re missing.
Learn from the best
If simply eating and loving French food isn’t enough for you, then try mastering it. Our owners bring you online cook-alongs and courses on wine and cheese, to help you savour every bite even more.
A little escapism…
A few things to help you travel from your armchair. Read evocative stories of France, take a virtual tour of the Musée d’Orsay and plot your next trip with our collection of great French gardens.
Back in 1994, Alastair Sawday visited Burgundy in search of Bed & Breakfasts to fill his new “Special Places” book. France was Alastair’s first love, and 18 years later he returned to find out whether the French B&B has come of age.
The Musée d’Orsay holds the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works in the world. Its virtual tour includes an online exhibition charting the history of the building as well as a 360-degree view of the magnificent exterior.
France has some of Europe’s most beautiful gardens. We round up what makes a classic French garden from our own collection of places to stay, to inspire you to get your green fingers out at home.
Our favourite travel stories
France expert Carolyn Boyd is no stranger to Provence. So when we asked her to send through her best tips for a visit, it was no surprise that she sent back a wonderful road trip through Provence’s best gems.
Last summer, travel writer Jo Tinsley road-tripped through Jura, a relatively unknown region in France. There she discovered remote lakes, medieval villages and thriving wildlife.
We sent travel writer Lois Pryce on a road trip through the beautiful French countryside. Last time, she was in Italy in an old-school Fiat 500, this time she’s in a vintage Citroen 2CV.