Le Macassar is named after the rare ebony used in the drawing room panelling – one exquisite example among so many others. This gem of a 19th-century house was restyled in the Twenties and Thirties to please a pretty young wife – but it’s more ‘femme fatale’ than blushing belle. Suave bathrooms, extra fine bed linen, feather duvets – only the best. The master suite is the epitome of Art Deco glamour, the ash and bird’s-eye maple furniture set off by turquoise velvet walls, a carved stone fireplace and fine contemporary art. Under sloping beams, one wonderfully intimate and sophisticated room is decked in taupe, cocoa and pale blue, its exotic bathroom accessed through an ornate Moorish door. Downstairs are luxurious corners in which to lounge rakishly and admire the gorgeously varied art, the books and the glassware, the textures and the tones. Outside: a flowering Italianate courtyard, a splashing fountain, a haze of lavender. Splendid breakfasts and apéritifs are included in the price, the hosts are truly charming and Amiens is close. An oasis of elegance and calm and in the heart of bustling Corbie.