Marguerite welcomes with tea and cakes; within minutes, you’re part of her family. Large bedrooms in the converted barn of her 19th-century farmhouse are furnished with antiques from her grandfather’s chateau; elegant armoires, beds and tables. Colourful quilts cover the beds, bright rugs are laid on tiled or parquet floors, original paintings hang on the walls. Windows look to woods – beckoning for walks – or the walled garden. Breakfasts – dinners, too – are served in a beautiful, spacious barn on sunny days (with kitchen for rustling up lunches); in the farmhouse kitchen on cooler days. Wonderfully, traditionally French.