Testimonials - Beaujolais Self Guided Walking Holidays
Below you'll find a list of comments written by our customers following their independent walking holiday in the Beaujolais region of France
Beautiful scenery, wonderful food and kindness & generosity of all our hosts." A. Leete, UK
"Very French and very much off the British tourist track. We were made to feel very welcome. This walking holiday stands out for us because of the varied and wonderful accommodation, the friendliness of the owners, the all inclusive price and the clear walking notes." H. Lucas, UK
"The accommodation was a highlight - the owners at each of the chambre d'hotes were absolutely delightful and made us very welcome. We enjoyed all the walks - beautiful views every day. We have done other High Point walks and once again we were not disappointed! Excellent service - excellent walking notes and lots of extra information. Thanks again." Fraser & Anderson, UK
"We enjoyed being in rural France, getting to meet local people, enjoying and learning about the wine and enjoying the unspoilt countryside." J. Holliman, UK
"We felt that everything on this walk was just as promised. Being picked up at Lyons airport by William was the icing on the cake. No stress of hiring a car or getting lost. We felt very much at home in both the places we stayed at...such good dinners and at our first family guesthouse the fun of meeting up with other guests of different nationalities.
"(We enjoyed) everything! The character and friendliness of the accommodation enhanced the enjoyable walks and scenery experienced. Would definitely travel with you again! The variety of landscapes and terrain, open hills, vineyards, historic villages, forests - all make for great walking. All very achievable." S. Harris, UK
"Beautiful scenery, varied walks, amazing food. The hospitality & friendliness of our hosts and local people was a real bonus." J. Westwood, UK
"Enjoyed the variety of chambre d'hote we experienced and the friendliness of the people. Getting to know & taste the different Beaujolais wines and discovering their delicious white chardonnay." J. Stuart, UK
"(Enjoyed) the hospitality received and good meals! Lovely countryside, quite like Tuscany." P. Stambollouian, UK
"Fantastic organisation. You have thought about everything. We'll be back!" Rost, Svensson & Cliffordsson
"Everything was extremely well organised. The guest houses were lovely, the walks were great, couldn't find any faults." M. Griffin, UK
"Thanks William - had a ball. I enjoyed the sense of achievement at the end of each day and the kindness and welcome of my hosts and the food." R. Godfrey, USA
"We had excellent food and wine at all guest houses. We have really enjoyed every bottle of Beaujolais wine - red, rose or white - that we have been offered. Your walking notes were absolutely excellent and very informative about village history etc. Your organisation was faultless and your choice of guest houses enabled us to experience some of the local French way of life here. We have been enormously impressed by the quality of the whole experience." J. Campbell, Australia
"We enjoyed the sense of adventure walking to an unknown destination but knowing there will be a bed, dinner and welcome on arrival. Excellent food & wine." C & S Lloyd, UK
"Each walk was different, with its own challenges and each day with its own great moments." D. McMeekin, E. Wherton, Canada
"We enjoyed the excellent route, the variety of accommodation and their location in small villages." P. Matthews & K. Dwyer, USA
"We particularly enjoyed the small guest houses where we were made to feel like family friends. Even our daughters spoke some French!!" A. Blackhall, UK
"Another excellent holiday." B. Marlow
"The food at Berthier was excellent and the rooms at Chatillon were beautiful and the hosts were lovely." T. Whitehouse
"I loved the food at Clos de Pomeir as it was prepared using loads of vegetables from the garden which were really delicious. All the hosts at the guest houses were extremely welcoming and really lovely friendly people." S&J Allen, Australia
"We loved the accommodation choices - tres belle!" Ashton, Australia
"Enjoyed excellent food taken with the family at Montgelin, Villa Toscana and Les Averlys, where the wine tasting was much fun. The farm setting and guest interaction at Chapi was very nice. All meals including picnics were super" E Stryker, USA
"At Montgelin, Ann & Jacques are extraordinary people and really capped off the whole experience for us. They were so very gracious, welcoming, inclusive and interesting. I treasure the time we spent with them. Loved seeing the grape harvest" A Kimbell, USA
"Had a great holiday, brilliant experience and all the guest houses were of a very high standard. Thank You!" C Toms, UK.
"Overwhelmed by the level of hospitality received. We have walked with other companies in France but this was by far the best. A thoroughly enjoyable experience." S Adkins, UK
"Overall we thought the holiday and walking experience were excellent and I would certainly recommend you to friends and family looking for a similar type of holiday and we could well book with you again. The scenery was excellent with good views every day. The interest, paths, circuit were all good as were the notes for information and helpfulness. Our favourite guest house was Villa Toscana - Fabienne and Pascal were both lovely and made us very welcome both nights. The others were very good as well, although Berthier to a lesser extent, but overall Villa Toscana was the best for welcome, food, room, packed lunch, etc. Thank you as well for taking good care of us and for taking us to Villefranche on day one and Lyon on our last day." Mr & Mrs C Clark, UK
"The huge plus factor for me was the opportunity to stay with a family. It was a unique chance to stay in a private home, share a meal with the hosts and chat about all manner of things. We felt part of the country, and not just that we we're skimming the surface. We were delighted and amazed we got on so well with people. Local produce, regional dishes, home cooking all contributed. In general the holiday fulfilled all our expectations and provided much more!" J Kay, UK
"We both think it was very well organised - keep up the good work" S Franks, Queensland
Overall a fantastic experience which we would recommend to anyone. The hospitality of Martine/Jean François and Mireille/Etienne was superb. Extremely comprehensive walking notes and overall, very easy to follow." Ray & Christine O'Grady, Sydney
"The trip was delightful; beyond our expectations. It will leave us with memories for a lifetime (and photos too!). We're already dreaming of our next holiday with High Point Holidays". Ed & Rena, Washington
"Thanks for a great week. We didn't have the best weather but the scenery and hospitality made up for it." Simon & Gail, Dorset
"All guest houses were great and very hard to pick a winner or loser". P Betterton, Doha
"All the guest houses were very friendly, gave more of their time than you would expect in the UK and were also different from each other with plenty of character" L & J Ruse, UK
"We would like to thank you all for your hospitality on our recent travels in Beaujolais and for taking the trouble to speak English with us. We enjoyed ALL of the meals and staying in your beautiful homes, and can only say that William has every reason to be very pleased with his choice of properties he has chosen for his tour. You live in a very beautiful part of France and we are pleased that Alexandra chose this tour so that now we too, have some understanding of the region." R Turner, Sydney
Take a look at an article which was published in French Entree magazine (November 2011), written by two guests after having walked on our Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour.
We hope that they help to give you a flavour of what you can expect on our self guided walking holiday in the Golden Stones region of Beaujolais. Find out more about the Beaujolais region of France or contact us for more information.
"Everything was well planned and surpassed expectations. The scenery and hospitality from really nice people and superb evening meals." J & S Allen, Australia
"The "Beaujolais Wine Trail" independent walking tour gave us four days of walking through beautiful countryside and five nights of splendid eating and wine-tasting with friendly and charming hosts. All of our hosts were very gracious in sharing with us not only their wine but also their experiences as grape growers and winemakers. High Point Holidays designed this very interesting tour and made the day-to-day arrangements, all of which worked without a hitch. We have now done two independent walking tours arranged by High Point and recommend the company to anyone interested in this kind of holiday." R. Thompson, USA.
"Many thanks for the excellent arrangements you made for us last week. The accommodation at the Domaine du Clos des Garands was to 5-star hotel standard, and dinner at the Brasserie Villa Cardinale was wonderful. At all of the guesthouses the welcome was warm, and the food good." P. Meier, UK
Our self-guided walking holiday: Beaujolais Wine Trail, traverses the northern Beaujolais, where the vines produce the 10 Grand Crus of the region. A pleasant combination of rich fruity flavours and more complex characteristics, makes these French wines unique, with some being grown only on a few hundred hectares. You'll get the chance to sample them at your guest houses, which are on vineyards, as well as at other producers along the way. Your walking trail snakes its way along secluded and picturesque valleys, as well as along some panoramic ridges, away from the main roads and noise of the Saone Valley. You'll pass historic villages, chateaux and a host of other interesting sites on route.
At the end of each day you'll be welcomed with open arms at your small, quaint guest houses where the hospitality is excellent and you'll be treated to great local food and wine.
"Thank you for a fabulous experience. I loved it!" "Enjoyed seeing places that are so remote; the weather and company was perfect; being active and yet relaxed; and meeting French people along the way." "The people we stayed with made the holiday so special. They are the stars of a beautiful scenic holiday. We had a great time." Rucker, Cook & Dedmon, USA
"We enjoyed meeting people, touring with friends, seeing the countryside, the wine picking and seeing French villages and village life/locals and having fun with the language." B & M Wallis, UK
"Averlys was outstanding - Etienne spent time explaining the wine calendar. Our hosts joined us for a wonderful dinner. Great conversation in French/English with good food." P & J Millward, UK
"It was perfect, just what we wanted; beautiful scenery, amazing hosts, perfect french cuisine and solid walking." V. Gould, UK
"Guest houses were all great. Lovely area, very friendly, fantastic wines and food." M. Tanner, UK
"The whole experience was great. Everything was well organised, different accommodation, good food and great walks." D. Searle, UK
"The quality of the accommodation, the food and the hospitality in the guest houses were absolutely first class. All went out of their way to be welcoming and hospitable. All were different but all experiences were very positive. All the walks were interesting and enjoyable. Suberb." G & B Newbold, UK
"All (guest houses) were so charming and friendly it would be wrong to put one much above or below the others, as they were all quite different in their characteristics!" A & C Nicholls, UK
"It has been an excellent holiday. Thank you. We enjoyed the table d'hote each night and this is what we look forward to in a French holiday. We found the overall standard of the accommodation was very high and the variety of styles made an enjoyable holiday." D Jeffries & L Pickles, UK
"A great walking holiday - really good value - great variety of landscapes and local experiences. Would definitely recommend to others and would definitely use your company again." A Palmer, UK
"Really excellent!! Really great to experience such a variety of buildings and hosts. Delightful walking route - enjoyed the variety with hills and valleys, shade of trees and open views." G Sutherland, UK
"We very much enjoyed the guest houses. We had never eaten at a 'table d'hote' style dinner before and enjoyed the chance to talk with the owners. All very welcoming and excellent cooks." N Cole, UK
"All days had a good variety of walking. Overall excellent walking holiday." J & G Taylor, New Zealand
"Excellent variety of scenery in the Beaujolais." J & D Loveluck
"Planay and La Fetre were incredibly friendly, felt at home at both of these guest houses. Planay is also a great location. Every day's walking was great, but first day was just a bit too hot." L & J Ruse, UK
Planay - excellent atmosphere and food. They went to great lengths to make our stay comfortable. The hostess at La Fetre was very enthusiastic - very good food. Excellent walking." L & S Baldwin, UK
Our self-guided walking holiday: High Beaujolais Hills, explores the little-known hills, ridges and valleys of the Beaujolais away from the more famous vines. This pretty landscape is covered in a mix of forest, pasture, crops and in some valleys, vines. The trees allow shade in the warm Beaujolais summers, whilst open ridges provide great views across a succession of ridges and valleys. The Beaujolais hills reach about 1000m in altitude and are steeped in legend. A vast network of footpaths criss-cross the high Beaujolais, making this quiet destination ideal for walkers looking for a holiday that gets off the beaten track.