This big 1789 farmhouse deep in the country has been in the Coulmier family for two generations. Luckily, one half of the main house has been given over to guests with spacious rooms to match a child-friendly garden.
After a big breakfast of croissants, fruits, cold cuts and cheeses, embark on Valérie’s village tour – a three-mile hiking path straight from the door taking in the surrounding countryside. After a day exploring there’s nothing better than the terrace for relaxing – Valérie can rustle up a traditional meal for you if you just want to kick back.
You’re in Champagne country here – the trail can be reached within 20 minutes of the house, so tick the big names off your list and meet small producers too. The town of Châlons-en-Champagne is a 20-minute drive with its museums, gardens, grand cathedral and churches. Take a cruise down the canal for an alternative view of the town.