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Hotel or B&B outside Bordeaux

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In late Aug/early Sep we (just 2 of us) are wending our way from Paris down the Atlantic Coast of France and on into Spain. We have our Paris accommodation booked, and I am now in the process of prebooking our first several stops out of Paris. Our preference is for small-town Chambre d'Hotes, although we've been known to splash out occasionally for a mid-range hotel.

So far we think we've done well. We have 3 nights booked at a B&B near Malestroit, from where we will trip one day to Josselin & Paimpont Forest and the other to Vannes & Carnac. Then we have 3 nights at a B&B near Fontenay-le-Comte from where we will trip one day around the Marais-Poitevin area and the other to La Rochelle & Ile de Re. And after that we have 3 nights in Pons from where we will trip one day to Royan & Talmont-sur-Gironde etc, and otherwise visit Saintes & Cognac.

In all of these places we have been spoilt for choices of attractive, friendly and highly-rated (on Tripadvisor) B&Bs for around 55-60 euros per room per night. (We're trying to keep within a budget of 65 euros per room per night).

It is around Bordeaux that we are running into trouble. We visualise a daytrip crossing from Blaye on the ferry and on to Arcachon then back through Bordeaux; and another daytrip around Langon/St-Macaire, Marmande, La Reole and Sauveterre-de-Guyenne.

We could do these from 2 separate bases, but would prefer to settle in for longer at a central base from where we can do both. Somewhere around Libourne or St-Emilion perhaps (which we want to visit anyway), or even Bordeaux itself. Our difficulty is finding somewhere within our budget that's not so far east as to make, say, the Arcachon trip a bit of a marathon.

Any suggestions anybody? All ideas gratefully accepted and considered.

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