After an astoundingly beautiful drive you reach this handsome family house built by titans of the cement industry at the turn of the last century. Inside, the rooms are a delight. Three are works of art and a touch of fun. Swish bathrooms shine with monogrammed towels and showers of Italian mosaic. Family suites at the top of the house are huge.
Come for extraordinary food (both hosts are gourmet cooks): breakfast in the conservatory on fresh croissants, baguettes and pancakes with fruit, cheese, homemade yogurts and hot chocolate. Dinner, served around one big table is a four-course treat, preceded by an apéritif with fellow guests.
Don’t miss the world-famous Fontenay Abbey or delightful Auxerre for cafés, shops, restaurants and La Musée de l’histoire naturelle (48km). Mosey down the Yonne river or Canal du Nivernais; alight for wine tastings.