Handsome and traditional outside, smart and spacious inside. Add big-hearted hosts and views over the canal in charming old Troyes and you’ve quite a find. Ex-farmer Bruno did most of the renovation: immaculate bathrooms, clever storage and recovery of original parquet, wrought iron and marble. And with Michelle’s design flair – hugely comfortable beds, modern pieces, bold papers and fabrics – rooms are attractive, fresh and comfortable. Revel in the grand, Belle Epoque style of three reception rooms; linger over breakfast, in the conservatory perhaps. There’s a spa, sauna and sports room – and a swimming pool’s planned.