The interiors are remarkable and the proportions grandiose, a pleasure to stride. And the history of the 18th-century château is fascinating: ask Richard and Christine to tell you the stories. Eclectic, quirky and entertaining is the mix of antiques with paintings, tapestries and sculpture from the Art Nouveau, Cubist and Art Deco periods; equally special, the inlaid marble floor at the foot of the staircase. First-floor bedrooms have wide oak boards, tomette tiles, antique writing desks; one great room has a 15m ceiling with original mouldings, others still have their timber frames. Most astonishing are the recent panelled bathrooms, gleaming with massive mirrors and huge showers. There are two dining terraces with views across to the Pyrénées, a hall-cum-piano room, fireplaces for chilly evenings… make yourselves at home in grand fashion, book in for cookery courses, Armagnac tastings, fabulous sejours. The kitchen opens to the ground-floor hall so you can watch chef/patron Richard prepare his Gascon specialities, which you can then savour accompanied by local wines. Welcoming, and perfect for the jazz festival in Marciac.