Half a mile high lies the river-ploughed plateau: fresh 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, yoga (and more) and organic food and veg from her permaculture garden to keep you blooming.
Lovingly prepared plates of foie gras and asparagus and other delights starring locally sourced produce are destined for the table on the covered patio that overlooks the pool and the view. Martine chats happily while cooking, pairing her dishes with an impressive choice of organic wines; she does great breakfasts, too.
Each of the six rooms has a fabulous bathroom, with Italian-style showers and roll top bath, and cosy beds to retire to after long walks over the granite plateaux of the Auvergne, canoeing on the river Lot or day tripping around medieval villages.