Where to break your journey from the UK?




Finding a good hotel where you can break the journey down through France isn’t as easy as you would imagine.

Much depends, of course, on your priorities. If cost is the main factor there are numerous cheap, no-frills hotels/motels close to the autoroutes as you drive down through France. Formula 1 are one of the cheapest options. Etap are one step up with en suites; Ibis, Comfort inn and Campanile are another step up. Most of the cheap options don’t take dogs.

But, if you prefer to make an occasion of your overnight stop I have a couple of suggestions that have been regularly tried and tested and I particularly recommend them if you are travelling with a dog.

Le Val Moret,  very close to the motorway just south of Troyes is a perfect halfway stopover point. It is motel style so you can park very close to your room and they permit dogs (at a small extra cost) which is useful for me!  The rooms are not luxurious but perfectly adequate. It is a family run business and they pride themselves on their use of local produce in the restaurant which provides good value meals.  The food is good but can lack a little finesse. The portions are quite large for France too! They have just opened a beautiful indoor pool and spa complex – free to overnight guests. When we stayed last year we had the pool to ourselve. There is also a small children’s playground in the grounds.

Another place I use is Le Relais Fleuri just outside Avallon. It is also a motel style but more traditional in appearance. It is also about half way between Provence and the channel ports. It is close to the motoway that runs from Beaune to Paris so involves routing around Paris or a slight detour cross country back to the motorway at Troyes. That detour does include some beautiful Burgundian countryside and villages including Chaource. Avallon is on the edge of the Morvan so breaking your journey for a couple of nights would permit exploration of this stunning and mysterious ‘paysage’ with its forests and lakes. The hotel has excellent food, a pool and tennis courts. The rooms are slightly larger than Val Moret and the bathrooms less basic but they are slightly more expensive. They also take dogs and have large grounds/gardens where you can walk them.

I have tried other hotels but always come back to these two.

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