La Tour du Trésorier, Tournus
Tel: 33 3 85 27 00 47
Concierge.com's insider take:
The charming owners of La Tour du Trésorier, former wine merchant Michel Vialle and his wife Lotti, call their antique-filled B&B near the Romanesque St. Philibert Abbey a "guest mansion"—and the name is apt. This is no ordinary chambre d'hôtes: Two of the four bedrooms are in a 1643 tower that once housed the abbey's treasury. The most romantic is dubbed La Tour, a crow's nest with exposed beams and 360-degree views of the abbey, the Saône River valley, and Tournus's rooftops; La Saône is a two-room suite with classic red-check textiles and a roof terrace. On the ground floor, the L'Abbaye room has a Victorian feel and a pocket-size private garden, while the Gladys suite on the second floor is filled with 1920s Art Deco furniture and artwork. This hotel is perfect for those who prefer intimate, highly personalized accommodations to a full-service hotel: There's no restaurant, but breakfast is memorable (particularly the homemade jams), and Michel organizes wine tastings by request. Reserve several weeks in advance; if the rooms are booked, the neighboring 26-room Hôtel de Greuze is a good alternative.—David Downie
Open February through December.