La Cimentelle

Top choice b&b in Avallon

Situated on shady, extensive grounds 6km north of Avallon, this château houses two fantastic family apartments and three luxuriously appointed rooms, each one a bit different. One favourite, Hippolyte, has a free-standing claw-foot tub in front of a fireplace. Don't miss the spectacularly sited swimming pool and the sumptuous tables d'hôte (€46 including drinks). Nathalie, your amenable hostess, speaks English.

Nathalie and her husband Stephane also offer half-day cooking courses for guests (€55, including recipes, shared meal and drinks).