FOR PLEASURE - Last year, my children rented me a row of vines in a Beaujolais vineyard in France. You can visit the vineyard to sample the wine, so I took some time off to visit the region. We stayed slightly off the beaten track, at Les Maritonnes, not far from Macon. I had found the hotel on the internet, so I didn't know much about it until I arrived. When we got there, we discovered that it was slap bang by all the vineyards, and near local attractions such as the railway station with its old steam trains. The hotel is run by a very friendly Dutch couple. The food is great - it's almost more of a restaurant with a few rooms attached. There are tennis courts and a nice swimming pool where you can sit outside and have a drink before dinner. We were staying there at the end of May and the weather was perfect. Our vineyard was wonderful. It was one of the highest vineyards, with beautiful views over the countryside and with a church in the middle of it. The wine was good too.
Neil Summerville is vice-president of franchising at National Car Rental.