An eccentric sort of place with interiors that add to the theatre. Arrive to an impressive courtyard, pass under the atmospheric ‘plafonds a la Française’ ceiling, up a dramatic staircase to eight big bedrooms with delightfully dated bathrooms. Spread out in the large sitting rooms, gather for breakfast around the family dining table, allow a chef to cook for you in the evenings if you don’t want to go out.
You’re on the edge of the Dombes region, a vast area of small freshwater lakes. Visit gastronomic capital Lyon by train from local St André (20 minutes). Return to country silence – just the odd honk of the resident goose.
Roam the 40 pretty hectares, swim in the pool, see horses, deer and a goat or two. The owners have grand plans: cultivating the gardens, more rooms, polo, cookery courses.