Sometimes you need to slow down and find a comfortable bed for the night. Or maybe you have got to the end of your journey and you want a proper rest day? There are some beautiful places out there and, in my opinion, they are well worth breaking the daily budget for (from 15 euros a night for camping to 65-100 euros).
With any luck you will be able to use your room and the facilities from 3 or 4pm so you can start lounging in style. I have found the places I have stayed in through different methods:
1 – dropped in off the route where I have seen a sign
2 – booked through a recommendation from a host (when their place is full)
3- booked on the day through a Tourist Information office
4- booked in advance through Airbnb or similar (good rates)*
5 – booked in advance on a recommendation from a friend or guide book.
* Please note that most owners will do a reduced rate if you go directly to them (by phone or email). This is definitely worthwhile if you are booking for a larger group as there is a greater chance of getting a discount. And there’s always an Ibis nearby if you must!
Whatever is good locally. Standard is a coffee, croissant, bread and jam. You will also usually get yoghurt, fresh fruit and cereal too.
Often you will be treated to the host’s special treat which may be a home-made cake or honey. In the Loire we got quail’s eggs, ham and cheese.