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Once you have eased out of the Eurotunnel, why not head for Champagne and Épernay? Stay in the Royal Champagne, with its heavenly views over the vineyards. Make time the next day to do a tour of Moët et Chandon in central Épernay, or book a tour of the Dom Perignon cellars in Hautvillers, where some of the world’s finest champagne is made. You can even buy a few cases for collection on your return journey.

At the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Annika Purdey

An ideal next stop is the beautiful walled medieval town of Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy’s wine making region. Stay in the centre of town in the perfectly placed Hotel Le Cep, which has secure parking, wonderful rooms, a beautiful courtyard and spa, with a host of incredible restaurants, shops, and galleries all within walking distance.

Next head south to the beautiful French Riviera, where the iconic Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc cannot be missed. This classically beautiful hotel in Antibes has an incredible private bay and exquisite parkland, and has hosted everyone from royals to Hollywood stars since 1889. Expect luxurious, impeccable old-school service and charming discreet staff.