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Forss House
Thurso, Scotland

Country house,
bright rooms,
salmon fishing nearby

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Casa Rural Finca Las Encinas
Andalucia, Spain

Stunning grounds,
rustic rooms,
outdoor activities nearby

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Powys, Wales

Large country house,
high standards,
lovely views


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Our series editor, Fiona Duncan, writes for the Sunday Telegraph and is the UK's most respected hotel reviewer.

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This is a large region, which many people loosely describe as south-west France. In fact, much of south-western France also falls within the neighbouring region of Midi-Pyrenees.

The major landmark of north Aquitaine is the wide Gironde estuary. This splits into two major rivers, the Garonne (with Bordeaux on its banks) and the Dordogne. The region has a long Atlantic coastline which ends on the Spanish border near Biarritz and Bayonne.

As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in Aquitaine offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses (chambres d'hote), restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.

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1146 Chemin de Laharraga, 64210, Guethary, +33 (0)559 419046
Funky Basque B&B

Hotel Arce

Route Colonel Ispéguy Baïgorry, 64430, St-Etienne-de-Baigorry, +33 (0)5 59 37 40 14
Family-owned favourite in magical setting

Hotel du Lac

34 Avenue du Lac, 40200 Mimizan, Landes, Aquitaine, France, +33 (0)5 58 04 82 99
Simple lakeside hotel

La Villa Romaine

Saint Rome, 24200 Carsac Aillac, Aquitaine, France, +33 (0)5 53 28 52 07
Secluded, peaceful country villa

Le Chatenet

24310, Brantome, +33 (0)5530 58108
Lovely 17thC manor house

Le Moulin Du Roc

Champagnac-de-Belair, 24530, Dordogne, France, +33 (0)5 53 02 86 00
17thC converted mill

Maison Garnier

29 rue Gambetta, 64200, Biarritz, +33 05 59 01 60 70
Town guesthouse with a sure touch

Parc Victoria

5 rue Cepe, 64500, St-Jean-de-Luz, +33 05 59 26 78 78
Immaculate 19thC villa
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