It’s a joy to discover this 18th-century manor house, a classic gentilhommière encircled by divine grounds. Drive up an avenue of lime trees, step under the clematis-strewn pergolas, enter the hall. Charming hostess Isabelle Groult says the old house has “une ambiance de soie”: a chandelier sparkles above lace tablecloths in the dining room, pale chintz frames elegant windows in the grand salon, and the petit salon’s fireplace is flanked by charming chairs. Colours and fabrics harmonise beautifully. Take an apéritif on the terrace, get sporty on the tennis court, and relish the gardens, scented with roses and buzzing with bees. Patterned paving leads to an old-style potager, source of tonight’s vegetables. Inside, an oak staircase curves up to bedrooms on the first floor: freshly, exquisitely romantic, with exceedingly fine fabrics and antiques; up again is ‘Chambre d’Aurélie’, tucked into the beautiful ‘charpente’. ‘Chambre d’Alexandre’ is equally striking – and discreet. Everything you could want for a weekend is here: a heated pool, a tennis court, a small fishing lake, happiness, peace.