Sink into a sofa in the light airy sitting room with a glass of champagne from Laurence’s bar. There’s an excellent restaurant 9km away, and a pizza place in the village; but we suggest you dine in.
This is a modest house that’s been luxuriously revived; to enter is a wonderful surprise. All is immaculate and guaranteed to soothe, from the gliding glass doors to the art on the walls. Bedrooms – two downstairs, two under the eaves – exude a zen-like charm.
You are in the undulating, forested Pays d’Othe, known for its cider trails and just eight minutes away from the famous champagne producers route. Walk, cycle, ride (there’s a stables down the road) and revel in the apple blossom in spring. Soak up the history of 16th-century Troyes, treasured for its timbered houses and its graceful cathedral. Return to the pretty garden and pool – good for families.