Frisky red squirrels decorate the stone balustrade, the wisteria is a glory in spring, and the wide swooshing river cascades over the weir. It feels like deep country yet this handsome manor has urban elegance in its very stones. Panelling, mouldings, subtly muted floor tiles bring grace; traditional French florals add softness. It looks fairly formal but sprightly Madame loves having guests and pampers them, in their own quarters, with luxury. Expect plush, lacy, flowery, carpeted bedrooms, three with river views, all with sunny bathrooms. The yacht-side setting is stunning – it could be the Riviera.