France: An ancient but comfy B
“A magical stay in a chateau deep in France was very affordable at Chateau de Siorac, a B&B; that dates to 1550. Luxurious suites and modern bathrooms gracefully installed in the turrets make for a fanciful and exotic stop. Owners Jose and Diana Garcia have a fabulous way with breakfast. Jose drives into the nearest village for the freshest and most delicious croissants and pastries. The surrounding area is filled with cave dwellings and lush river valleys in a charming region of France.”
Doubles from $140.
Chateau de Siorac, Annessee et Beaulieu, France 24430; 011-33-62-526-3581, www.chateaudesiorac.com.
MARY ANITA ROBINSON
Britain: Tour guide with the gift of gab
“OUR small group tour of England’s Lake Country and Scotland was fortunate to have the services of Derek Sharman as tour director. Derek is extremely wellinformed, an excellent communicator and very witty too.”
Walking and coach tours: $6 per adults; children free.
Time to Explore, 50 Dean Drive, Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 2DQ; 011-44-128-9330-218, www.timetoexplore.btinternet.co.uk.
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