Follow the long winding track to a scattering of farmhouses and barns that have been in the family for 700 years. Old, remote and lovingly restored, the domaine reveals the essence of ‘la France profonde’.
There’s a spacious suite for two upstairs and a big beamy sitting room bright with books, paintings, and exotic things from Diane’s travels. Help yourself to a tasty organic breakfast of croissants, bread and jams – on sunny days enjoy it in the plant-filled courtyard. In winter, cosy up to the crackling fire.
Diane, raised in rolling Burgundy, welcomes you to this gastronomic region. Book dinner at the little auberge in St Igny de Vers (4km), or beat a path to Iguerande. Michel Troisgros’ restaurant La Colline du Colombier, is worth the 40-minute drive. For more days out, drive 15 minutes to Château de Drée or follow the Circuit des Eglises romanes for a tour of the Brionnais’ medieval chapels.