Surrounded by flat lands, a magnificent château in acres of parkland with pool. Inside is equally splendid. A sleek modern décor illuminates fine stonework and medieval beams, there’s a games room for children, a grand piano for musicians and, beneath the great carved fireplace, a convivial breakfast table. In summer you can tuck into croissants, hams and jams by the moat beneath the willow. Spend the day in charming old Lyon or treat the family to the Parc des Oiseaux… return for a château tour with your hosts (Monsieur has a passion for history), pick up dinner at the local takeaway pizzeria. Tasteful bedrooms, two large, two smaller but still a good size, with compact bathrooms spotless and chic, lie in the courtyard stables but the family room is in the château itself – with an amazing massage bath. Your hosts have heaps of information about the area: the Hameau Dubœuf wine museum is not far and the region is brilliant for Beaujolais.