Michèle – friendly, approachable – has created an oasis on the outskirts of town with peaceful bedrooms and a lovely heated pool. In the bright, tiled lounge there’s a baby grand piano and a travelling library, and next door, space for help-yourself organic breakfasts of local honey and homemade pastries. Your host can make cheese and charcuterie plates for late arrivals.
Choose from east-facing bedrooms with views over the town, or Tilleul-Menthe which looks over the back garden; bathrooms are stocked with locally made, Haute-Loire brand, organic toiletries.
Explore Plus Beaux Villages Lavaudieu and Blesle, bring bikes to test VTT trails (there’s a drying room for kit), or paintbrushes to get involved in the Watercolour Biennial – picnics can be provided with notice, and Michèle can cook evening suppers on Mondays when the town’s restaurants are closed.