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Not to be missed: 12 of the most beautiful villages in France

Rolling through France on two wheels, the warm breeze touching your skin as you pedal by, is perhaps one of the best ways to discover the joys of this wonderful country. With 156 villages officially named as “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”, there is plenty of culture, history and architecture to enjoy as you […]

Springtime on the Côte – a seasonal update from our Burgundy Rep

Spring is a fantastic time here in central Bourgogne, with the landscape changing dramatically over a matter of weeks. Warmer days and lighter evenings give us the ideal opportunity to walk and cycle through some of the oldest and most famous wine villages in existence. From the beginning of May, the vines begin growing in […]

 The 9 best places to see wildlife around the world

When visiting a destination, it’s always a pleasant experience making friends with the local wildlife, who add a splash of colour and various sounds to a region. From the chattering, colourful birds in Costa Rica to the big brown bears in Transylvania, wildlife make for fabulous photographs and add to the charm of an area. […]

10 Most Breathtaking Sights in Southern France

We’ve been round Southern France a few times and these places kick the air out of us and replace it with awe. Popcorn advised, but no need to bring drinks, there’s plenty of wine here already. 1. Verdon Gorge Shining turquoise waters cutting a hefty wedge into the French countryside. We’re not sure if the […]

France in just one image – What’s yours?

In the various houses in which my parents have lived in my lifetime, one particular picture, alongside another framed favourite, has always been given pole position in their most convivial room. Renoir’s La Balançoire, a humble exhibition print, was purchased as a souvenir back in ’82, on our first family holiday to France. Something about […]

Walking the Breathtaking Hautes-Pyrénées

Many hikers are drawn to the stunning Hautes-Pyrénées region of France; with its sweeping valleys, high mountains, dramatic canyons, lakes and waterfalls – it has everything the discerning mountaineer and sightseer can possibly want. A walking holiday through the area will take you through the beautiful Lesponne Valley; past the Pic du Midi, one of […]

Through the keyhole: Headwater’s quirkiest hotels

Do an internet search for “the world’s quirkiest hotels” and you’ll see a magnet-shaped hotel in China, a converted former Jumbo Jet in Sweden and ‘spirit spheres’ (posh treehouses) in Canada. At Headwater we hand-pick each of our hotels and there’s one or two below that we think would give these a run for their […]

Why has the Loire been chosen to host the Grand Départ 2018?

There may be no better place for the kings of cycling than France’s very own Valley of Kings. This artful nickname was bestowed on the stunning Loire Valley for its plenitude of royal châteaux that are dotted around the region’s famous riversides. The widely-beloved Loire à Vélo cycling route has been awarded the magnificent honour […]