Wander among fruit trees in Stephane’s tranquil walled garden; hard to believe that Paris is just 30 minutes by train. Wake to birdsong, and fabulous views of ancient Rochefort and the forest beyond. Breakfast is a convivial delight – feast on pancakes, pastries and honey (fresh from their own hives) in the elegant sitting room. Stylish, brightly painted doubles and a spacious family suite are split between the 18th-century house and a blue-shuttered cottage, or seek privacy in an extra room in the garden with its own kitchen: DIY breakfast, or sneak some from the house. Stroll to the unspoilt village for divine pastries.