The trompe l’œil and frescoed friezes are lavish, from the dining-room panelling to the staircase ‘marble’. Although it’s known in the village as “Le Château” it’s not really big but, with the original details intact, it is a historian’s delight. All four bedrooms (one a two-room family suite, another an elegant tribute to Africa) have been beautifully refurbished, combining fine antiques with modern fabrics. It has a soft, embracing atmosphere, excellent bathrooms and soothing garden views to box parterre and trees. Welcoming Sylvie and Pierre offer delicious table-d’hôtes dinner, and a living room just for guests.