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French accomodations...Chateau vs. Table d'hotel vs. B & B

French accomodations...Chateau vs. Table d'hotel vs. B & B

Sep 10th, 2002, 10:04 AM
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French accomodations...Chateau vs. Table d'hotel vs. B & B

We will be travelling in Normandy, Brittany and the Dordogne in October. In search for hotels I come across listings called "chateau" or "table d'hotel" or "bed and breakfast". The chateau is self-explanatory, but what's the difference between the other two? Also, please tell us what "half board" means.

Since I can't do the search thing, your suggestions for any locations will be appreciated.
Sep 11th, 2002, 05:41 AM
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topping. . .
Sep 11th, 2002, 05:54 AM
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A table d'hôte is essentially a less formal type of B&B - usually a family with an extra bedroom or two that takes in guests.

Half-board means you will take two meals, usually breakfast and dinner,along with the room.

If you're interested in recommendations for any of the above in the Dordogne, I'd be happy to help, once you've decided what kind of accommodations you're looking for.

If you're traveling around Bayeux by any chance,. the Château de la Bellefontaine there is a very nice and reasonable place.
Sep 11th, 2002, 07:44 AM
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Chambre d'hote = B&B. Some chambres d'hotes propose homecooked meals,this is referred to as tables d'hote.
Some chambres d'hotes are located in old chateaux. If you look the Chambres d'Hotes de Charme book (Rivages) you will see many that are located in chateau or manors. Have fun. This is a great way to see France!
Sep 11th, 2002, 05:02 PM
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Just spent 6 weeks in France. Rented a house one week, stayed in 2 different Chambres d'Hotes, a couple of places listed on Logis de France, and a hotel in Paris. All very different experiences. The Chambres d'Hotes were probably our favorite (a mom plus 3 kids) because they had the charm of B&Bs, we met other visitors (English, Belgian, French, German), and were there long enough to really develop a rapport with the owners. In fact, I got an email tonight from one of them sending her regards (re: 9-11).
Sep 11th, 2002, 05:13 PM
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We returned last weekend from from France and stayed at chambre d'hotes B&B., chateau and relais, and my favorite place a ferme/auberge, a farm where they take in guests and everything you eat is grown there or comes from neighbors.
Jul 6th, 2003, 11:17 AM
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Just happened to see this one from some time ago and thought I would add my 2 cents.

Chambre d'hôte(s) is indeed a small b&b arrangement, often with just 1 or 2 rooms and breakfast.

Table d'hôte is typically the evening meal served in a chateau, b&b, inn situation where the host prepares a complete meal for those reserving for dinner. Typically the guest must reserve in advance.
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