Half a mile high lies the river-ploughed plateau: strong air, wild country, vast space. Built 300 years ago, the family mansion stands prouder than ever, and clever, delightful Martine has brought everything up to date: jacuzzi, hammam, massage, yoga (and more!) and organic food and veg from her brother’s farm to keep you blooming. The dining room, with its vast inglenook, and the covered patio overlooking the pool and the view, are the stage for lovingly prepared shows of foie gras and asparagus, scallops and confits (you can watch: Martine chats happily while cooking), the supporting cast an impressive choice of wines; great breakfasts, too. Bedrooms – in the main house, the barn or the renovated chestnut dryer – are stylishly rustic with space, good floral fabrics and an evocative name each – nothing standard here, except for that view. The magnificent new family room in ivory and soft blue is the height of sophistication. You will love the smiling, attentive staff, the warm family atmosphere, the freedom in the air.